I'm running Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 on a 3440x1440 resolution, combine that with bad eyesight and the default mouse pointer size can be hard to see.

Is there a way to increase it's size?

  • The answer below is the best one. You don't need to install ubuntu-tweaks or use vi/gedit.
    – guettli
    Aug 27 '20 at 14:01

Alternatively, you can also try a GUI method. Open SettingsUniversal AccessCursor Size:

Universall Access window

and choose your preferred size.

Cursor size window

  • Deleted my response ... gnome-control-center is there (launched from cmd line it works for mate).
    – uDude
    Aug 25 '20 at 18:43
  • thank you very much! This is very easy, that's the way it should be!
    – guettli
    Aug 27 '20 at 14:02
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  • Thanks for the detailed explanation. If only the developers of these GUIs would make life as easy as this answer ;)
    – Jakke
    Sep 10 at 10:51

More flexible, granular and precise than the options available via Settings > Universal Access > Cursor Size

View the existing cursor-size (default 24):

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size

Set a different size:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 32

Then logout/login


Budgie has a control-center, which is quite new since 2017.

Here is shown how to go on with control-center in budgie:


In window-manager of gnome, there is a control-center too (its name is gnome-control-center) and in gnome you can adjust mouse and mouse-pointer. In gnome-control-center there is an entry for "accessibility" special for handicapped people. For people who see bad, there can be increased the desktop with its bigger icons.

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