How to Change Cursor on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to change the cursor on your Mac! The cursor is an essential part of your computer experience, and with a few simple steps, you can customize it to your liking. In this article, we will explore different methods to change the cursor on your Mac.

Method 1: Using System Preferences

If you prefer a straightforward approach, you can easily change the cursor on your Mac through the System Preferences. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Accessibility”.
  4. In the left sidebar, select “Display”.
  5. Under the “Cursor” section, use the slider to adjust the cursor size according to your preference. You can also enable “Shake mouse pointer to locate” for easier visibility.

Note: This method allows you to adjust the size and visibility of the default cursor but does not provide options for changing its appearance.

Method 2: Installing Custom Cursors

If you want more control over how your cursor looks, you can install custom cursors. Here’s how:

  1. Search for custom cursors online. There are various websites where you can find a wide range of cursors in different styles and designs. Make sure to choose a reliable source.
  2. Download the cursor set that appeals to you.

    It will typically be in a compressed file format like .zip or .rar.

  3. Extract the downloaded file to reveal the cursor files. They usually have a .cur or .ani extension.
  4. Open Finder and navigate to the “Applications” folder.
  5. In the “Applications” folder, open the “Utilities” folder and then launch “Terminal”.
  6. In the Terminal window, type the following command:
    defaults write NSGlobalDomain AppleEnableCursorSuppression -bool true
  7. Press Enter to execute the command.
  8. Type:
    killall Dock
  9. Press Enter to restart the Dock process.
  10. Navigate back to your downloaded cursor files and select them all.
  11. Right-click, then choose “Open With”, and select “Mousecape” if you have it installed. If not, you can download it from various sources online.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your cursor on your Mac using custom cursors. Enjoy exploring different styles to find one that suits your taste!


If you encounter any issues with your cursor after changing it, try restarting your Mac. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can revert to the default cursor settings by following these steps:

  1. Navigate back to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display as mentioned in method one.Drag the cursor size slider to the middle or your preferred size.
  2. Uncheck the “Shake mouse pointer to locate” option if it’s enabled.

By following these troubleshooting steps, you should be able to resolve any cursor-related issues that may arise.

Remember, customizing your cursor is a fun way to personalize your Mac experience. Whether you prefer a larger, more visible default cursor or want to explore unique designs, now you have the tools to do so. Enjoy your newly customized cursor!

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