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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer System 10.4
I've always used the handy Control-scroll zoom feature to zoom in on videos or Flash animations that are embeded in web pages. I think I solved my last complaint about this process, the lingering cursor, today. This is how I view videos full screen on the web:
  1. Set up zoom preferences in the Universal Access System Preferences pane. Under Options, I prefer "only when the pointer reaches an edge," but it's worth trying out all the options.
  2. Load up a video on a web page and hit play.
  3. Click in the Search Box field or the Address Field or your chosen browser (you'll see...)
  4. Zoom in via Control-zoom and center. Now it's looking good, except for that pesky mouse cursor!
  5. Type a key on your keyboard; I like the up arrow. This hides the cursor.
Now watch your video fullscreen without the annoying mouse cursor. Steps three and five let you hide the mouse cursor without any third party software. The Mac OS hides the cursor any time you start typing, so it doesn't get in the way. You can type any key, but I prefer the arrows because they don't input anything into the text box and they're an easy target.

One other option to hide the cursor is to use Tab to get to an obscured text field then type something. Enjoy!
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Not a bad idea
Authored by: bedouin on Apr 18, '07 07:56:59AM

I never thought of using the zoom to make flash videos larger. Good idea.



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skip steps 3 & 4 (maybe)
Authored by: abyone on Apr 18, '07 08:08:13AM

When I'm in safari, and there is no horizontal scrollbar, I can just type the left or right arrow key without first clicking in any text box to get the cursor to disappear.

Or even if there is a scrollbar, but you are already scrolled all they way the the left, you can just hit the left arrow, and it will go away without actually scrolling.

Firefox might differ I suppose.



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skip step 3, keep step 4
Authored by: abyone on Apr 18, '07 08:17:51AM

Well skip step 3 anyways, you'll want to keep step 4.

sigh, must proofread better.



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: edified on Apr 18, '07 08:12:12AM
Yeah- I noticed that could usually make the pointer disappear without clicking in a text box but it was intermittent on some pages. Usually as long as the text of the page is focused instead of the flash control ~Edified.

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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: tobor68 on Apr 18, '07 08:58:09AM
wow, i do this all the time and never thought of it as a hint. i use it expecially when i'm watching trailers or youtube.

frankly, i just move the mouse out of the way; then again, i don't zoom it in to completely fill the screen.

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one less step
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on Apr 18, '07 09:38:01AM

Or you can just zoom in and (assuming no text box has been selected) hit tab. This will select the address bar, hiding the cursor in the process.

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one less step
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Apr 19, '07 11:11:17AM

Hitting tab doesn't hide the cursor for me... and it usually makes the page scroll to a text field.

Hitting the right arrow, either by itself, or after tab, does hide the cursor.

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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: jimhoyt on Apr 18, '07 10:36:14AM

I just want to "finger-tap" the movie twice to have it fill the screen. :-)



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: Spiral Girl on Apr 18, '07 10:52:33AM

Hi,

I've never zoomed before and tried this in Firefox. I had set up my preferences for the zoom as mentioned and then clicked the search field and saw the mouse pointer and then hit control of something and lost it and can't get it back. I also tried in Safari and it's gone. Any ideas what I did? This looks really neat.

Thanks,

S.



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Opera to the rescue!
Authored by: kkL on Apr 18, '07 11:15:19AM
or use Opera browser. http://opera.com

It has per-page zoom which works great on YouTube.


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Opera to the rescue!
Authored by: wordsofwisedumb on Apr 19, '07 12:11:38AM

Opera has a larger memory footprint and takes a higher processor percentage than Safari or Firefox.



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: tanvach on Apr 18, '07 11:37:38AM

Indeed this works pretty well, and we have been using it happily for a while. However, when you've clicked on the flash applet, like fast forwarding certain parts, it "locks" your cursor focus inside flash. This will stop the cursor from disappearing. A sure way that works with both Safari and Firefox is:

1) Press Command-L
2) Press Esc key (or any other character keys in fact)

The command L will force the focus on the URL box, while Esc takes the cursor away.



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Another way
Authored by: kolt siewerts on Apr 18, '07 12:48:52PM

nice trick, but if you are already zoomed in an forgot to click the search box before:
just hit "command + shift + 4" to start a screenshot. the cursor will become a crosshair and moving it will not pan the screen anymore.
if you want to escape this mode, just hit escape...



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: newguy on Apr 18, '07 11:25:11PM

Another way is to change the way the zoom function works:

Go to System Preferences, then Universal Access and click on the zoom options, and at the bottom of the drop down is the three different ways the zoom can work- if you select "Only when the pointer reaches the edge" then you can move the mouse to either the right or bottom of the screen and watch the zoomed video without a mouse pointer in the way.

Don't worry about the "Enable" or "Disable" - from what I gather it only controls the keyboard shortcuts for the zoom function, it still works when "diabled" using the control key.

I can't claim credit for discovering this, my 3 year old found (and changed) the setting for me, and it took me a while to find out how to change it back. It works great for watching zoomed video, but is a bit more tedious than the standard zoom function.



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: newguy on Apr 18, '07 11:30:12PM

ok - I'm a moron, I successfully explained how to do step 1 of the hint.



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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: mallox on Apr 22, '07 12:17:29PM
Another way...

you can just do option-tab to make the cursor desappear

(works in zoom-in mode but also in normal mode)

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10.4: Watch zoomed-in video without the mouse pointer
Authored by: bcometa on May 16, '08 08:13:27AM
thanks everyone, for the og hint and all comments! exactly what i needed - and to think, i used to use third-party software to hide the mouse for full-screen zoomed in movies. corewerkz

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