How To Fix Cursor In MacOS High Sierra

Sometimes your mouse cursor (pointer) disappears; is invisible / missing on your MacOS High Sierra MacBook. In this article, I teach you how to fix the disappearing cursor problem.

Use Right-Click

The first thing that you can do is right-click. Go ahead. Press the right-click button on your mouse.

Does it bring the cursor back to your MacBook’s screen? If not, try the other fixes below.

Change The Cursor Size

Some users report that changing the cursor size fixes the problem. And, obviously, you need to use keyboard keys to go to the relevant sections. Here’s what to do:

  • Firstly, go to Settings.
  • Then, click on Accessibility.
  • After, click Display.
  • Finally, drag the Cursor size slider to the right to increase the size.
MacOS: How To Fix Missing/Invisible Mouse Cursor High Sierra
Mouse Cursor Settings On MacOS

Press  Command (⌘) + Tab

  • Sometimes, a program you open causes the issue. Simply press Command (⌘) and Tab to switch windows.
  • Then, press the keys again to go back to the previous window. The mouse cursor ought to pop up.

Click & Drag

  • Click on your desktop.
  • Drag as if to select an area.

Your mouse cursor ought to reappear. But, if it does not, continue with the other fixes.

Restart Your Mac

Your next option is to reboot your Mac. Go ahead and do so now. If you do not know how, here are the steps:

  • Hold down the Power button until your Mac shuts down completely (it may take 5-10 seconds)
  • Then, hit the Power button again to boot your Mac again.
  • Once it boots, check if the cursor works.


  • Turn off your Mac.
  • Press your power button to turn on your Mac.
  • Immediately after the startup sound, press and hold Command (⌘), Option, P, and R.
  • Keep holding these keys until your computer restarts again.

Other Advice

Are you watching YouTube videos? Or, maybe you use the Showtime Anytime app? Sometimes, these apps attempt to hide the mouse cursor during video playback. Pause the video to see if the cursor shows up.

Do you use an emulated environment? Then, the cursor sometimes sticks in the emulator. Close it and your mouse should pop up on the Mac screen.

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