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John Asher Level 1 Level 1

After upgrading to Lion, my cursor started disappearing during fullscreen video playback and after I exit in iTunes, as well as VLC. Does it every time. Fullscreen video through Safari does not have this problem. I know the cursor should disappear initially, but when I want to use the popup controls or after I exit it still doesn't come back. I can restore the cursor by entering Mission Control.


Anybody else have this problem? Any fixes?


The video is also glitchy in iTunes Store when I'm watching a movie trailer. The lower left corner of the video is playing in the center of the video window, so I can only see a quarter of the video. Not 100% of the time, and sometimes it fixes itself after a few seconds. I usually enter fullscreen when this happens, which fixes the video position problem, but of course the cursor goes away. When the video ends, it kicks me out to the desktop and I have to swipe to view iTunes.


These problems happen both with the laptop alone and when it's connected to HDTV.

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.1), Late 2010 MacBook Air
  • Canny Level 1 Level 1

    You're not alone and, for me at least, this isn't just happening in video applications (though obviously the video preview problem is !) so my guess is it's Lion.


    My "solution" so far has been to use CMD+TAB to open the app switcher and then immediately hit CMD+` to switch back to iTunes or whatever I was in when it disappeared. The cursor then reappears.


    As for the itunes preview - if you switch it to fullscreen and back it should be fine (at least until you try to preview another show) except of course you run the risk of having your cursor disappear again. Now have to use four keyboard shortcuts to work around something that used to work just fine, not exactly ideal.


    After a few deep breaths all you can do is remind yourself that its not a trivial piece of software and hope that it gets fixed soon.

  • seqiro Level 1 Level 1

    My cursor seems to disappear while I'm using Java applications.  Or at least that's when I notice it the most.  It happens frequently on my iMac under 10.7.1.  Very frustrating.

  • isneeze Level 1 Level 1

    My cursor disappears all the time... I want to just start crying now, its so bad and so frequent. Any solutions? Any ideas why this is happening... I am tempted to wipe my computer clean and go back to snow leopard. Also its running super hot and super slow...

  • Canny Level 1 Level 1

    Sadly still happening with 10.7.2

  • gatoriphone Level 1 Level 1

    me too, very annoying while watching a video, i figured out that if i try to move my fingers on the trackpad till the apple icon shows up in the upper left hand corner, i then click on my trackpad once  the cursor returns and stays on the video...not sure what the problem is but it definitely started after i upgraded to lion!!!

  • Halophite Level 1 Level 1

    Me too. I am having exactly the same problem. It's been like this for 3 weeks now. Everytime one of my application is on full screen (like watching youtube video), the cursor disappeared for any other app screen.

    Someone in Apple company please look into this for us.

    I have the latest Mac OS version 10.7.2

  • htmanning Level 1 Level 1

    Same issue.  Please fix this Apple.

  • nothin7 Level 1 Level 1


  • coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3

    just posted the same problem, then read this. very annoying eh? hope it's fixed before the super bowl...



  • minkin Level 1 Level 1


    Happens to me when I have a full screen youtube video going. Fix this apple

  • benwulf Level 1 Level 1

    +1 same problem has been bothering me for a while

  • switchbacker Level 1 Level 1

    I have had this problem with the cursor disappearing - very annoying. I deal with it by having a hot corner to activate expose. So when the cursor disappears, I shove the mouse to the upper left, expose activates bringing the cursor back, and then I shove the mouse again to go back to what I was watching.


    The other problem I have is that when watching a video from the iTunes store (e.g., a rented movie), if I try to switch from stereo to surrround sound, iTunes crashes. It doesn't matter if I pause the video first or not. I then relaunch iTunes and I'm able to switch, but it's really slow.


    I lost a rental once because of this - I started to play it just as it was finishing downloading, and tried to switch to surround sound. ITunes crashed of course, and when I relaunched it the rental was gone, probably because it finished downloading and was in the process of moving it when it crashed. I could not re-download it because as far as iTunes was concerned, it was completed so there were no downloads waiting. I had to rent it again and got into a big fight with Apple over the double charge. Now I wait until it finishes downloading completely before starting the movie (it still crashes, but at least I haven't lost a rental again).

  • calvinkr Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem...

  • d'ran Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem - tried various resets and normal trouble shooting.  I have other accounts on same mac, and it happens on all accounts.  Very repeatable - opening video (movie/podcast/music-video/tv-show) when it goes to full screen, i lose the pointer - I get it back by swiping to dashboard.  Other apps will occasionally have similiar effect, but itunes is very repeatable.

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