A few times, during regular use, I found that the mouse cursor disappears on my Mac. It is a random thing and not limited to any specific app, or a particular version of macOS.
One thing that I have observed is that the mouse cursor most likely disappears when I use heavy softwares like Photoshop, and have connected multiple displays. The mouse poiner also keeps disappearing if I have opened too many tabs in Safari or Chrome. It may even happen after you update to the latest macOS version. Let’s check out the ways to fix it…
My Cursor Keep Disappearing on Macbook – How to Fix It
- Shake your Mouse or Move Finger Quickly on Trackpad
- Right Click on Mac
- Try to Bring Mouse Cursor to Dock
- Mission Control Fixes Disappearing Cursor on Mac
- Switch to Different App or Finder to Relocate Hidden Mouse Cursor
- Bring the Force Quit Menu
- Adjust the Size of the Mouse Cursor on Mac
- Disable Third-Party Screensavers on Mac
- Turn Off Keyboard Shortcuts to Zoom
- Check Firmware Update for Third-Party Mouse and Trackpad
- Check Battery of the Connected Mouse and External Trackpad
- Restart the Mac to Bring Back Mouse Cursor
- Reset the NVRAM or PRAM and SMC
- Try a Third-Party Mouse Locator App
Shake your Mouse or Move Finger Quickly on Trackpad
This is the easiest way to find the disappeared mouse cursor. All you have to do is to shake the mouse or move the finger on your trackpad rapidly. The lost mouse cursor will appear on the screen and may also increase in size so that you can easily see it.
Right Click on Mac
One of the easiest ways to locate your vanished mouse cursor is to right-click. When you right-click, the mouse cursor is immediately visible.
Try to Bring Mouse Cursor to Dock
I agree that you are not able to see the mouse pointer, but on the trackpad or using the mouse, act as if you are moving down to the Dock. Once the vanished mouse pointer on the Dock, it will be visible.
Mission Control Fixes Disappearing Cursor on Mac
When you are playing a full-screen video on YouTube or working in a full-screen app, the right-click method may not bring success. This is where accessing Mission Control on Mac can help you locate the mouse cursor.
To enter Mission Control:
- Click the Mission Control key (F3) from top row or Touch Bar, or
- Press Control + Arrow up (△) key, or
- Swipe up from four (or three) fingers on Trackpad.
Switch to Different App or Finder to Relocate Hidden Mouse Cursor
Press Command (⌘) + tab to quickly switch to a different app or Finder. You will see the mouse cursor. Now go back to the app you were working on.
Bring the Force Quit Menu
On your keyboard press Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + esc. Force Quit Applications pop-up comes up. You do not have to quit any app. Just doing this brings up the hidden mouse cursor.
Adjust the Size of the Mouse Cursor on Mac
macOS lets you set the mouse pointer size according to your liking. To increase the cursor size launch System Preferences → Accessibility → Display from the left sidebar → Cursor → drag the Cursor size slider.
Also, enable Shake mouse pointer to locate.
You may also launch Siri from top right in the menu bar or press and hold Command (⌘) + Space Bar. Now ask Siri ‘Increase mouse pointer size.‘
Disable Third-Party Screensavers on Mac
If you repeatedly face the issue of mouse cursor disappearance, then try disabling or uninstalling any third party screensaver apps you use.
Turn Off Keyboard Shortcuts to Zoom
Accessibility features are beneficial, but they may cause little interferences here and there. Disabling keyboard shortcuts to zoom is a good hack to address mouse cursor automatically hiding.
Launch System Preferences → Accessibility → Zoom → make sure everything is unchecked here.
Check Firmware Update for Third-Party Mouse and Trackpad
If you are using a non-Apple peripheral, visit their website or ask the company if there are any pending drivers update to improve compatibility and fix glitches.
Check Battery of the Connected Mouse and External Trackpad
Replace the removable battery or charge your Mouse and Trackpad if it has a rechargeable internal battery.
Restart the Mac to Bring Back Mouse Cursor
If none of the solutions worked for you, try restarting your macOS device. A restart usually fixes these temporary issues. Click on the Apple logo () from top left and select Restart.
Reset the NVRAM or PRAM and SMC
NVRAM: Non-volatile Random-access Memory
PRAM: Parameter Random-access Memory
SMC: System Management Controller
NVRAM and PRAM store some specific settings in a location that macOS can access quickly, like designated startup disk, display resolution, or speaker volume.
SMC is a vital chip on Intel based Macs that control small hardware components and processes like keyboards, fans, thermal and power management, battery charging, hibernation, etc.
If your mouse cursor keeps disappearing on Mac, try to reset the System Management Controller and NVRAM/PRAM.
Try a Third-Party Mouse Locator App
If this issue persists, you may install a third party application that helps you find your cursor. One app you may try is Simple Mouse Locator. It is a paid app but not updated since 2015. Try it. If it doesn’t work for you, request a refund!
These were some of the ways to get the cursor back on your Mac. Finally, I recommend that you learn some keyboard shortcuts for macOS. If you have time, also check out macOS Dock shortcuts. They will surely improve your productivity and make your experience swift and enjoyable.
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