How to Change the Mouse Pointer on a Mac

By Mark O'Brien

Operating a Mac computer is fairly easy and fun, but after using the computer, you may grow tired of the mouse pointer. The number one complaint about the Mac mouse pointer is that it is too small to view with ease. You can easily change the size of your mouse pointer via the Mac preference menu, but you cannot change the actual style of mouse pointer in this file. In order to change the actual style of the mouse pointer and cursor, you will need to download software that can cost up to $10 as of 2009, but is really easy to set-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac Cursor software

Changing Mac Cursor Size

Step 1

Click the apple in the top left corner of the screen.

Step 2

Select "Preferences." Scroll down to the System section and click "Universal Access."

Step 3

Adjust the Initial Delay, Maximum Speed and Mouse Cursor Size by simply clicking and dragging the button on each scale right or left until you are satisfied with the settings. Close out of these windows.

Using Unsanity

Step 1

Go to the Unsanity website. Click Purchase under the mouse image on the screen. After entering your credit card information and purchasing, click the "Download" button given to you in the purchase confirmation email. After the download is complete, double-click the Unsanity installation file you previously downloaded. Follow the prompt menus and install the Unsanity software.

Step 2

Open the Unsanity program. Click "New" to create a new cursor. Click on the type of cursor you want to create (the "I" beam type cursor, the mouse pointer or the loading icon.) The menu on the right of the program allows you to adjust your custom cursor via a paintbrush tool, upload image tool or by choosing from one of many provided cursor templates.

Step 3

Click "File" and click "Save." Save the custom cursor into the given folder that pops up with a unique name. Then a screen will pop up asking if you want to update your current cursor to "Your Custom Cursor Name" and click "OK."