Your Mac's Mouse Disappears, How To Get It Back

Dhir Acharya - Feb 13, 2021


Your Mac's Mouse Disappears, How To Get It Back

When the cursor or mouse pointer disappears from the Mac screen, it can cause frustration and waste a lot of time. This post will show you how to fix it.

When the cursor or mouse pointer disappears from the screen of your Mac, it can cause frustration and waste a lot of time. This problem can be attributed to a number of reasons but there are several ways you can get the cursor back, which we will discuss in this post.

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Shake the mouse

When you troubleshoot an issue like this, you should start with the simplest method. You can try moving the mouse left and right across the mousepad quickly. If you shake the mouse quickly enough, the cursor will blow up in size until you stop. The mouse may re-appear after you do this a few times.

In case the feature is not enabled by default, you can enable it through the following steps:

  1. From the top-left corner of the computer screen, click on the Apple logo and click on “System Preferences.”
  2. Click on “Accessibility.”
  3. In the sidebar, click on “Display.”
  4. Select “Shake mouse pointer to locate.”

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Increase the size of the cursor

If you find it difficult to track the cursor as it moves, it should make it bigger. Here’s how:

  1. From the top-left corner of the screen, select “System Preferences.”
  2. Select “Accessibility.”
  3. From the sidebar, click on “Display.”
  4. Adjust the size of the cursor using the “Cursor size” slider.

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Check if the mouse still works

When the cursor doesn’t appear, it’s possible that your mouse has stopped working. For those using a wireless mouse, you need to turn it off and replace the batteries or recharge the mouse. After that, turn it on and reconnect it. For those using a USB mouse, you just need to disconnect then reconnect it.

If the mouse still doesn’t appear, you should try disconnecting the mouse and restarting the computer, then reconnect it.

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Change or restart apps

Another potential cause is that an app currently in use is suppressing the mouse. To fix this issue, you need to switch to another app by pressing Command+Tab, then try moving the mouse. You can also try restarting the app.

Ensure the mouse isn’t on another monitor

This can happen to anyone with multiple monitors in their systems. You should check all the monitors to see if it’s on any other monitor apart from the one you’re looking at.

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Reset the NVRAM

When the mouse disappears, it’s possible that the Mac’s NVRAM is corrupted, and resetting it may restore the mouse. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn it back on then press Option+Command+R+P immediately.
  3. Press and hold these keys for around 20 seconds. Release the keys after hearing the second startup sound or after the Apple logo appears and disappears twice.

After the computer starts up normally again, the mouse should reappear.

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