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10.4: Create a larger mouse pointer System 10.4
Tiger only hintWhen the Macintosh first shipped, it had a 72 pixel per inch screen, and a 16x16 pixel pointer. Today, with Apple's 23 and 30 inch displays, we have a much higher pixel per inch count, but the exact same 16x16 pointer. One of the new features of Tiger is the ability to scale up the pointer for those people who have a hard time finding it. I find it's also quite useful if your Mac is hooked up to a TV, or if you have an absurdly high DPI count. Simply scale up the pointer, and you can find it anywhere on the screen. Be warned, the results are a little ugly.

To access this new feature, open System Preferences, then open the Universal Access pane, and click on the Mouse [& Trackpad] tab.

At the bottom of the tab is a slider that adjusts the size of the pointer. I've found that doubling the size (32x32) works best. Move the slider just to the right of the second hash mark; the right diagonal edge of the pointer looks squashed otherwise.
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10.4: Create a larger mouse pointer
Authored by: cryptlib on Apr 30, '05 02:49:07PM

Too bad the default pointers don't scale well. Is there any way to use another pointer set without installing an Unsanity "haxie"?

% kill -H -1

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10.4: Create a larger mouse pointer
Authored by: dasil003 on Apr 30, '05 05:32:40PM

Hey it reminds me of World 4 on Super Mario 3!

Damn I'm a nerd.

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10.4: Create a larger mouse pointer
Authored by: Pais on May 01, '05 05:52:50AM

I love that game. :)

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10.4: Create a larger mouse pointer
Authored by: elmimmo on May 01, '05 04:57:13PM

Just FYI, all Apple displays aim at ~100 ppi (maybe 96 ppi?) according to their website (can't find the reference anymore, but it was there not long ago).

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10.4: Larger mouse pointer downside
Authored by: ozmachead on Jun 01, '05 08:24:06AM

Upsizing the mouse pointer was one of my first Tiger tweaks (essential on a 30" monitor!); however, it has a downside, too. When in text-cursor mode (in any app from TextEdit to InDesign, e.g.) the larger cursor makes for difficult text selection accuracy; I often find myself half a line out of kilter, with the result of selecting the wrong piece of text. It took me quite some getting used to, and occasionally I still manage to muff it.

OzMacHead, Australia—G5 DP 2.5GHz; 4.5GB RAM; 30" display

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