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Mouse Cursor Disappearing & Other Problems You May Face When Using a Mac

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For the first few years, your MacBook will function like Superman. The speed with which you will complete tasks is like no other. You’ll fly through your day, and your productivity will be at your optimum best. However, a time will come when your system starts to lag, freeze or behave weirdly. If this happens, you will indeed feel disheartened. 

Fortunately, Mac problems are fixed easily without taking a trip to the Apple service center or calling the technician. Instead, this guide walks you through the common issues that might harm your system and their quick solutions. 

Mouse Cursor Disappearing 

The mouse cursor not working on MacBook is a disruptive issue that delays your tasks. It may disappear if your system runs low on memory, multiple monitors are in use, or third-party applications are causing problems. 

You can Fix the Issue by following these steps:

  • Right-click on the screen to see where the mouse pointer is, and keep in mind that some apps may cause the cursor to remain hidden or small. 
  • Ensure you have a reliable Internet connection. 
  • Go to System Preferences to bring the cursor back. 

Startup Issues 

If your system is not booting correctly, you might be staring at a blank or gray screen. Next, you must try to boot your device in Safe mode. In this mode, the macOS will boot with the bare minimum of drivers and software. Then, it will analyze the startup disk and repair any directory issues that might be the reason for the startup ills. 

You can boot in Safe mode by starting your system and pressing the Shift key. The Apple logo will appear on the screen and then the login screen. Release the Shift key when the logo disappears, and the login screen appears. It might take a few minutes to see the login screen because macOS is running diagnostics on the hard disk. 

Restart the system as usual to leave Safe mode. 

Apps are not Responding 

An application may occasionally cause your system to hang, and when an app becomes unresponsive, it can freeze you out and won’t let you do anything. That’s where Force Quit comes in handy. You can call up this menu by pressing Command + Option + Escape. 

Highlight the application that’s not responding and hit the Force Quit button. 

The Login Items are not Compatible 

If you’re staring at a blue screen when your Mac starts, it means some login items are incompatible. Login items consist of apps that automatically start when you start your Mac. 

To identify the problem child, remove the login items one at a time and then start your system each time. You can do this by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups > clicking the name on the left under Current User > clicking the Login Items tab and then clicking the minus sign to remove any app. 

After removing an app, restart your system to see if the problem continues. When you’ve found the problem child, you can add the other apps by following the same method as explained above but click the plus sign instead of the minus sign. 

Can’t Connect to the Internet 

Most of everyone’s life is spent online. Checking emails to grocery shopping and browsing through social media feeds is what average life looks like. So, if you cannot connect to the Internet, it can disrupt your life and turn it upside down. However, there’s no need to freak out when your Mac refuses to connect to your Wi-Fi network. There might be minor network issues that may sort themselves out. For instance, if your area’s server is down, you need to wait, and there’s not much to do. 

However, if the problem is not the server, you can forget the Wi-Fi network you typically connect to and then reconnect. 

Go to the Network page in System Preferences and click the Advanced button. You will find your list of Preferred Networks. You can click the minus button to Remove them. Then, you can reconnect again by entering the password. 

Spinning Beach Ball 

Are you seeing the spinning beach ball? If this has increased regularly, it is time to consider what might be causing this slowdown. Go to the Activity Monitor and check how much of an impact your current applications have on your system resources. You can check the amount of memory and CPU resources the apps consume. Then, highlight the app from that list and click the X button. Then, select Quit or Force Quit. 

By freeing system resources, you might stop the spinning beach ball from appearing and hampering your experience. 

The Bottom Line

Mac users face these common problems, but they can be overcome easily. You can go to your nearest Apple service center if the problem persists. 

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