The cursor on your Mac allows you to open different programs to access your files and to browse the web. In rare situations, the mac cursor can disappear and this can leave you frustrated. To use your Mac, you have to be able to click on things with your cursor. Once the cursor has gone, you can still click on things and browse your mac, but you won’t be able to track the cursor and it can be confusing not knowing where it is at a given time.

It’s common for the Mac cursor to disappear when you’re using the applications such as Chrome and Safari. The reason the cursor disappears is that the mac system has a bug that stops the cursor from displaying. Although the mouse is still usable, the bug makes it hard to locate and this can cause you to click on things you don’t want to.

There are a few ways to fix the problem and the most common way is to troubleshoot the bug within the system so that the cursor can show up again. Before you attempt to troubleshoot the software, you should click the F3 button on your keyboard. This is a troubleshooting step that causes the cursor to reappear.

1. Enable Force Quite Mac

enable force quit mac

The force quit menu on your Mac is the same as the ctrl, alt, shift on a PC and it brings up a menu to force quit applications on your Mac. When you force quit applications on your Mac, it allows you to close the app abruptly. Bringing up the Force Quit Applications pop up is enough to troubleshoot the disappearing cursor problem.

When the Force Quite Application menu comes up, try and hover over one of your applications and wait for the cursor to come up – when you hover over an active app, the cursor should appear.

2. Double Click Mouse

Another troubleshooting step you can take is to move the mouse to the top left of your display and double click the screen. This might cause the cursor to reappear – this almost recalibrates the cursor and tells your mac that it’s still in use by double-clicking the upper left corner. If the mouse does reappear, this may only be a temporary fix for the problem and not a permanent one.

3. Make Cursor Bigger

When you use the cursor in a default way, it’s already at it’s smallest size. If you want to change the size of the cursor if it’s never been changed before (default), then you can only make it bigger. Making it big can trigger the cursor to come back again.

1. Open System Preferences.

2. Click Accessibility. In System Preferences, don’t click the Mouse and Trackpad option.

3. Click Display. This is in the left-hand column under Display.

drag cursor size to right

4. Drag the Cursor size slider to the right (bigger) or to the left (smaller). After increasing the size of the cursor, you should check if it reappears. Check Shake mouse pointer to locate if the cursor doesn’t reappear after increasing its size.

4. Reset PRAM

On your Mac, there’s a memory called the PRAM and it stores the system settings. When the PRAM, is reset, then the system’s settings are reset too. If there’s a bug in the system that causes the mouse to disappear, resetting the PRAM can fix the problem.

5. Force Restart Mac

If there’s a problem with the software on your Mac, it can cause the cursor to disappear. If there’s a bug, it can be troubleshot by force restarting your OS. When the software is restarted by force, the software is refreshed and checked for any errors – if errors are found, they’re removed whilst the mac is restarting.

To force restart your Mac, hold Control + Command while pressing the Power button. After your mac has booted, you should be able to see your cursor reappear.

6. Reset Mac

If the problem has been persisting for a long time, then you can always restore your Mac and restore a backup that was carried out before the cursor disappeared.

1. Hold down the CommandR keys on the keyboard.

2. Turn on the Mac.

3. Hold down the CommandR keys whilst the Mac is turning on.

4. Select your language.

5. Choose Disk Utility.

6. Choose your startup disk Macintosh HD under Internal.

erase macintosh drive

7. Click the Erase button.

8. Choose Mac OS Extended from the dropdown menu.

9. Click Erase.

10. Click Done.