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Move cursor without moving zoomed-in screen System
The zoom tool (Control and mouse wheel scroll) is normally set to follow the mouse, but sometimes I want both a zoomed-in Flash window and no cursor in the way. In addition to the methods noted this hint that basically hide the cursor, I came across one probably bug-borne trick which allows one to move the cursor without shifting the screen.

First, you zoom in just a little bit, then wait. After a brief delay, the zoom feature will give up and pop back to regular full-screen mode. (The keyboard zoom shortcut, Command-Option-plus, zooms too coarsely to do this -- you must use Control and the mouse wheel.)

After that, zoom back in heartily, and the screen will not doggedly track the mouse anymore! Zooming in and out is still biased by the mouse position, so you can walk the screen a little bit, if need be. Zooming fully back out returns you to normal behavior. 2br Another way to move the cursor while in zoomed mode without shifting the screen is with a four-button mouse. On any mouse with more than three buttons, you can hold down an extra button, and move the cursor without shifting the zoom display.
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Move cursor without moving zoomed-in screen
Authored by: KingRocky on Aug 11, '08 08:14:03AM

You know, people think that I'm crazy for actually physically HUGGING my Mac, but it's little touches like this that make me wonder how I EVER got along without it.

Add this tip to the other 100,000 or so reasons why I'll NEVER go back to Windows.



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Move cursor without moving zoomed-in screen
Authored by: pwsloss on Aug 11, '08 08:18:21AM

In the "Mouse" System Preferences panel, there is an Option button leading to a popup to allow scrolling "Only when the pointer reaches an edge" while zoomed. The zoomed images stands still until the cursor heads off-screen.



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Move cursor without moving zoomed-in screen
Authored by: asmeurer on Aug 11, '08 04:52:26PM

SWEET! Thank you. This is a great hint. It makes watching those small videos online that don't themselves zoom that much easier.



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Move cursor without moving zoomed-in screen
Authored by: gxw on Aug 11, '08 06:14:52PM

The hint works.
I did not know about CTRL + mouse-wheel to zoom before. Thanks!



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My solution...
Authored by: a1291762 on Aug 11, '08 08:17:15PM

As has already been pointed out, you can change how the focus moves. I prefer the continuous movement though except for when I'm watching something so my solution is to use the screenshot functionality in the OS.

1) Zoom in
2) Center the object you're watching
3) Press Cmd+Option+4
4) Move the mouse to the corner of the screen - it will not pan!
5) Press Esc when you're done and the screen will pan again.



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My solution...
Authored by: mm2270 on Aug 12, '08 10:47:08AM

Dude, awesome! that should have been submitted as its own hint. It's a much easier method than the original hint above, and works flawlessly!



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My solution...
Authored by: KingRocky on Aug 13, '08 12:58:50PM

CMD+OPT+4 doesn't work for me. Screen still pans.



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shift+cmd+4
Authored by: mzs on Aug 19, '08 05:42:37PM

For me shift+cmd+4, move the mouse to the lower left corner, then esc works perfectly.



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