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Two hotkeys activate the locator

There are two hotkeys for locator activation:
  • A standard shortcut: F-key (F1 to F19) or a combination of a regular key with one or more modifier keys.
    This hotkey works always but it's not so handy.
  • Tap on a single modifier key.
    This is the easiest hotkey, but it doesn't work in Mission control and Application windows.

How to preview the locator

v1.5 & next
There are three ways to preview the locator:
  • Activate the locator by hotkey.
  • Click on "Show locator" button.
  • Select the "Preview changed settings" checkbox - this will enable the Preview locator feature. The preview will be shown when settings are changing. Its position will follow the rules below:
    • The preview will be shown at so called mouse screen - this is the screen with the mouse pointer.
    • If myPoint panel is not on the mouse screen then the preview will be positioned at the center of the screen.
      This option is available only in multi-display computers.
    • If myPoint panel is on the mouse screen then the preview will be positioned at the left or right side of the panel. "Left or Right" depends on which screen-half is less occupied by the panel.
      In case the screen-height is longer than the width (aka portrait view) the position will be "Above or Below".

How to set the duration of the locator

v1.5 & next
First decide about the animation and select the "Animated ring" or the "Static ring" radio buttons.
Then continue with:
  • Animation speed and number of repetitions for the animated locator.
  • Display time for the static locator.
Just change these values and preview the locator until you get the best experience.
Note: There is a radio button named "Hide" under the "Locator action on mouse click" label.
If it's selected, the locator will disappear on mouse click.

If the locator does not activate on a Modifier key

v1.1 & next
The locator activation settings specify: a key, number of key presses and time period in which to tap the key.
In current version the period is initially set to 0.99 seconds. However the value can be changed if such a long period interferes with other applications.
In the table below you can find some values about the Time Period. They are determined empirically and relate to a specific tap number:
Number of key taps Period of time
Single0.15 sec
Double0.40 sec
Triple0.70 sec
Please note the speed of key pressing depends on both keyboard and user.

Password fields and Modifier keys

v1.1 & next
For security reasons, Apple Inc. changed key events into password fields. Therefore, there are side effects when activating by a Modifier key:
  • Single tap activation - the locator is activated at the moment of pressing. Because of this do not use the combination Shift & Single in public places, in order not to compromise the password.
  • Multiple (Double, Triple) tap activation - the locator is not activated.

Show locator on mouse click vs Show mouse drag

v1.23 & next
Both effects are a bit similar but there are some differences.
  • Show locator on mouse click.
    The locator will be activated on each mouse click according current settings in Locator center. So the experience will differ when different settings are applied. In example try the following two presets to figure out the effect:
    1. Select the Animated ring radio button.
      Set "1" as Animation repeat value.
      Play with Animation speed.
      Try it.
    2. Or Select the Static ring radio button.
      Set half a second as Display time value.
      Set the Fade out value around half a second too.
      Try it.
    Note: the locator will follow the mouse all the time.
  • Show mouse drag.
    The locator will be a static ring shown until the mouse button is depressed. It will follow the mouse pointer in this period of time. When the mouse button is depressed the locator will stop following the mouse and will start fading out according current settings. In example try the following two presets to figure out the effect:
    • Ensure the Static ring radio button is selected - thus the Fade out slider will be enabled.
      Set the Fade out value around half a second.
      Try it.
      Play with Fade out value while trying.
      Return the selection of Animated or Static ring as it was before.
    Note: the locator will stop following the mouse when the mouse button is depressed.

If Sticky Keys are ON

v1.1 & next
In this case, Modifier keys have three states (referred to be the equivalent conditions when Sticky Keys are off):
  • Off - corresponds to the non-pressed key
  • Short pressed - corresponds to the pressed state until another key is pressed
  • On - corresponds to the pressed key
Therefore you should press Modifier key three times to return it in its current state. This reduces the convenience of using such a key as a locator activator - the only acceptable practice is a setup of a single tap and a long period:
Note: you still need three or six key taps - this depends on the current state.
Sticky Keys settings are in System Preferences:
  • Open the Accessibility tool and select the Keyboard:
  • On macOS Lion open the Universal Access tool and select the Keyboard:
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