How to Stop the Cursor from Getting Bigger in OS X El Capitan

How to Stop the Cursor From Getting Bigger in OS X El Capitan

One of the new features that OS X El Capitan brings to the table is being able to find the cursor when you have lost access to it. It has happened to me and has happened to everyone who has ever used a computer. This mostly happens when you put your machine in idle mode and come back and see that the cursor is just nowhere to be found. You then start moving your mouse around to see where exactly it is.

With the addition of this feature to the latest OS X, you can now easily find where your cursor is just by shaking your fingers on the trackpad of your Mac. When you do that, the cursor will get a little bigger for you to be able to see it.

While that is a really nice feature, it sometimes becomes annoying as a little shaking on the trackpad makes the cursor larger and you don’t want that to happen everytime.

With the following guide, you should be able to stop the cursor from getting bigger on your Mac run ing OS X El Capitan.

Stopping the Cursor from Getting Bigger

You do not need a third-party app for doing the job as it can be done from the system panel of your Mac.

1. Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences…”


2. When the system preferences panel launches, select the option that says “Accessibility.”


3. When the Accessibility panel opens, select “Display” from the left-hand side menu. That is where the option you are going to disable is located.

When you have selected Display from the left menu, you should see an option in the right panel that says “Shake mouse pointer to locate.” This is the option that makes the cursor bigger when you shake your fingers on the trackpad. Just uncheck this option, and the feature will be disabled system-wide on your Mac.


The procedure does not require a reboot or logging-off of your system. It is an instant action and already toil place when you unchecked the box.

Now you can shake your fingers on the trackpad however you want, and the cursor will remain the same. It will not get bigger like it used to do as that feature is now turned off on your Mac.

In the future, should you ever need the feature back on your Mac, you can go back to the System Preferences panel and choose Accessibility followed by Display and select the option that you unchecked above.


If the cursor getting bigger has become an issue for you on your Mac, you can revolve the issue using the above guide.

Mahesh Makvana
Mahesh Makvana

Mahesh Makvana is a freelance tech writer who's written thousands of posts about various tech topics on various sites. He specializes in writing about Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android tech posts. He's been into the field for last eight years and hasn't spent a single day without tinkering around his devices.

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