Is your mouse cursor randomly disappearing in High Sierra? Here are a few things you can try to fix it…

If you’ve recently updated to High Sierra, you might be seeing an odd bug every now and then: your mouse cursor disappearing. It might happen when you swap between virtual desktops, when you hide an app, or when you toggle between full-screen views. Whatever the case, here are a few suggestions you can try to fix, or alleviate the problem:

Use a 4-finger swipe on the trackpad

If you’re using a MacBook or external trackpad, swipe upwards from the bottom using four fingers. This should prompt the cursor to reappear.

Disable any third-party screensavers

If you have a third-party screensaver installed (such as one which plays a looping video or special effect), try disabling it or choosing a default screensaver option.

Re-size the cursor using Accessibility Settings

To do this:

  1. Open the System Preferences app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Click Display in the sidebar.
  4. Use the Cursor size slider to increase the mouser cursor.

Disable keyboard shortcuts to zoom

Some of the accessibility features built into macOS can cause issues with the mouse cursor, such as Use keyboard shortcuts to zoom and Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom. Try disabling these by:

  1. Open the System Preferences app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Click Zoom in the sidebar.
  4. Uncheck both Use Keyboard shortcuts to zoom and Use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom.
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