7 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2012 10:38 PM by jmark1
jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

When working in Numbers, it is difficult to tell exactly what cell my cursor is in.  Can you make the cursor frame a different color, or bolder, in order to improve ability to locate it within the document?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3), ... and Parallels 6 with XP
  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)

    You can enlarge the cursor in System Preferences > Universal Access > Mouse & Trackpad tab > move the Cursor size slider to your preference.

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I didn't do a very good job of defining my issue.  It's really not the cursor (per se) that I want to make more prominent - it's the boundary outlining the live cell that I have selected...when working in Numbers.


    For example, when selecting cell A1, I would like for the boundary to be red, or green, etc, rather than black like the rest of the spread sheet.  Hope that makes better sense.  Thanks for responding!

  • Barry Level 7 (29,990 points)

    This is what mine looks like:

    Picture 9.png

    Between the blue selection boundary on the cell and the highlighted reference tabs at the top and left, there's a pretty good indication of which is the active cell. This is in Numbers '09 v4.0.3, running under Tiger. Is the display different in Lion?




  • Wayne Contello Level 6 (17,564 points)

    Here it is in Lion/Numbers 09:

    Screen Shot 2012-05-23 at 6.34.51 AM.png


    There are no controls to change the cell highlighting in Numbers.  As a previous poster entioned you can changed the color in System Prefs and that's it.

  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As long as you don't have formatted cells, the standard selection boundary works fine; however, when they're formatted, you almost have to look for the small handle at the lower right corner:


    As you can see, it not quite so prominent??  I'm keeping track of stats for almost 200 individuals, with 11 vertical columns, and you can imagine a full page of cells can become "blurry" at times.  If I could change the Active Cell border to, for example, red, that would work.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 (29,960 points)



    Have you tried using contrast enhancement?


    Screen Shot 2012-05-23 at 9.59.12 am.png


    I can't show you the actual effect in a screen shot because the screen grab doesn't pick up the enhancement, so you'll have to try it for yourself.



  • jmark1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Jerry, that did help a lot!  Had never opened Universal Access - lots of good stuff in there!!  Thanks again.