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I am totally new to Ubuntu. Just this morning (Wed May 22, 2013) I installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 64-bit desktop on my 2.5 year old laptop along side Windows 7. One of the reasons I installed Ubuntu was to explore and employ the Universal Access options - I have some vision impairment. So far so good. However I need larger mouse pointers. The default is microscopically small, to me, and I have searched and searched Ask Ubuntu, The Software Center, etc. for a way to get a larger mouse pointer (this is very easy in Windows 7). As a new user I would prefer to avoid command lines and configuration editors and do a simple install, as I would in Windows 7.

How do I obtain and install a set of larger mouse pointers?

Thank you very much for your attention to this question.

and when I try "For GNOME classic and Unity desktop the option to change the mouse pointer size or style is found in System Settings -> Appearance -> Theme -> Customize -> Pointer:" there is NO 'customize.' There are only 4 themes to choose from.

I have looked at the "Questions that might already have your answer" and, come on, Ubuntu says it is easy for the disabled but following all these "nightmarish" procedures by a visually impaired person is a bit much to ask.

Sorry if I am coming across as lazy or stupid but after a while staring at these screens my eyes give out altogether ...

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marked as duplicate by Glutanimate, Eric Carvalho, Raja, bcbc, txwikinger May 23 '13 at 12:11

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Not the GUI option you were searching but seems to work. Maybe someone else could type it up as a proper answer? – Glutanimate May 22 '13 at 21:01

If you prefer GUI you can use unity-tweak-tool.

How to:

Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for unity-tweak-too and install it.

Open unity-tweak-tool. Under Appearance, click on Cursor:

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Under Preferences enable ☑ Use large cursors:

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Logout and log back in.

Custom Cursor Themes:

If you don't like default cursors you can download a nice large cursor theme form hare.

Extract the downloaded archive to .icons directory in your home, create .icons directory if it doesn't exist already.

Open unity-tweak-too and go to cursor settings as described earlier and select Large mouse cursors:

enter image description here Logout and log back in.

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open a terminal window [ CTRL+ALT+T ] and type in the following commands (alternatively you can use dconf-editor from the package dconf-tools)

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 48


gedit ~/.Xresources

so paste the following line and save the file

Xcursor.size: 48

you have to change 48 with your desired value, the default is 24

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I did a little research and it appears that there is a package named dconf-editor available from universe source. Check out this question for details. It appears to be quite easy and it doesn't involve any CLI commands - it's purely graphical.

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as in answer 1, Type CTRL F (find) and in the search box (Bottom Left) type in Cursor and hit Enter.

Cursor size is the fourth option from the top. 24 is normal, increase it to any size you want, (try 54) it works instantly.

For some reason, for me, this only increases the size of the cursor on some applications, but it may help

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