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Change OS X mouse pointer size
Authored by: mantrid on Apr 15, '13 08:18:27AM

>the cursor; the pointer you see on your screen.

No it isn't, a cursor is not a pointer. You can have both on the screen at the same time, and both may be used to perform specific tasks, separately or together, such as clicking the mouse button while holding the shift key to select a block of text between the cursor and the pointer. It is important to keep the terms separate to avoid confusion. Despite the wording used in Accessibility, I suggest the hint's title be changed to refer to the pointer or mouse pointer.

Apple not knowing the difference says a lot too.

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nitpick fail
Authored by: lowbatteries on Apr 15, '13 08:39:58AM

A pointer is a type of cursor. You can have more than one cursor on your screen - the distinction you're trying to make is between the text input cursor and mouse cursor (aka the mouse pointer).

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Change OS X mouse pointer size
Authored by: kirkmc on Apr 15, '13 09:21:00AM

Actually, depending on the app, both the pointer (mouse cursor) and cursor (text cursor) will change size. Even the hand cursor that shows up when you hover over a link in Safari will change size. But I assume that not all apps will do this correctly.

Mac OS X Hints editor - Macworld senior contributor

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Check your definition
Authored by: Makosuke on Apr 15, '13 03:15:19PM

> Apple not knowing the difference says a lot too.

Apple and its UI team is well aware of the difference; they just know what the word "cursor" means. It's a stereotypical answer, but look it up on Wikipedia for a simple, couple-sentence explanation--any input indicator onscreen is a "cursor", be it for text, mouse clicks, or manipulation in a 3D space. I certainly refer to the onscreen mouse pointer as a cursor.

Couple of interesting things about this hint: At least under 10.6, it does not affect the size of the text-input cursor, just the mouse cursor, and on 10.8 (maybe 10.7?), you get a much smoother-looking jumbo-cursor (one assumes because of the high-def retina artwork added to the OS).

Edited on Apr 15, '13 03:17:36PM by Makosuke

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