How to customize the mouse pointer in macOS 12 Monterey

Apple recently released macOS Monterey in beta capacity to developers. It brings along a bunch of useful, new features. One of the little-known features is that you can now customize the on-screen pointer’s appearance.

For a long time, Windows users have been able to customize their mouse pointers with different color options and even icons. Mac users, on the other hand, had to make do with the same old black pointer with a white outline alongside a gloved hand pointer that appears while clicking on hyperlinks.

macOS' default pointers.
macOS’ default pointers.

However, now, with macOS 12 Monterey, Apple has added the ability to customize the pointer. It doesn’t yet match the customization options offered by Windows, but it’s an improvement. In that, you can now change the color of the pointer and of its outline.

That said, in this post, we’ll take a quick look at how to change the color of the pointer on macOS 12 Monterey.

How to customize the on-screen mouse pointer in macOS 12 Monterey

  1. Head over to System Preferenes by clicking on the Apple logo on the macOS Menu bar.
macOS System Preferences
  1. Go to Accessibility.
macOS Accessibility Preferences
  1. Under the section labeled Vision, click on Display.
macOS DIsplay Accessibility Preferences
  1. Switch to the Pointer tab.
macOS Pointer Accessibility Preferences
  1. Here, you can change the pointer color as well the color of its outline.
macOS 12 Monterey Pointer Customization Options

Final Thoughts

If you plan on reversing your customization, you can easily do so by hitting the Reset button in the Pointer tab within Display accessibility preferences.

Nevertheless, now that you can change how the pointer looks, it’s also useful for people with disabilities so that they can see the pointer with much more clarity than macOS allowed before. Plus, you can always tweak it to match your wallpaper.

Other macOS Monterey Guides you should check out: