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I want to change the appearance (size, shape and color) of the mouse pointer.

What options are available for me?

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  • @pomsky These answers from 2012 (especially with respect to size) do not seem quite relevant anymore. One of the drawbacks of the site's format I feel. Old outdated information tends to be preserved.
    – vanadium
    Jul 14, 2019 at 17:44
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    @vanadium Why? Compare this answer to the self-answer by OP below.
    – pomsky
    Jul 14, 2019 at 17:52
  • @pomsky Answer for cursor size is there, but it is (obviously for the old post) not the accepted answer there. So try to find it back there as a less experienced user. Answer for different cursor theme is not there. Still indeed, the question is exactly the same. However, although there is an accepted answer (that was good back then), a full up-to-date answer is not there. Closing here would yield no up to date answer. Still, that is how the site works indeed. Guess this is a discussion for the meta forum, though :-)
    – vanadium
    Jul 14, 2019 at 21:30
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    @vanadium Answer for different cursor theme is also there (although doesn't suggest using Tweak Tool).
    – pomsky
    Jul 14, 2019 at 21:40
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    And manually installing a cursor theme and enabling it with Tweaks is also covered indeed: askubuntu.com/a/347851/480481
    – pomsky
    Jul 19, 2019 at 15:18

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One immediate way is to use dconf to set cursor size at the command line:

dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/cursor-size 25

A better way is usually to install and use the dconf-editor

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

dconf-editor   # brings up ui tool

Navigate to: org/gnome/desktop/interface/cursor-size

You will then be able to change the cursor size, e.g.

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To change the type of cursor, for example this red pointer

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Use Ubuntu's tweak toolenter image description here:


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  • Be aware this won't persist between sessions.
    – vanadium
    Jul 14, 2019 at 17:45
  • @vanadium This is not correct at all, I've been using both these tweaks since forever. One of the first thing I do after a new Ubuntu installation is switching to a different cursor theme like breeze (I don't like any of the default ones).
    – pomsky
    Jul 14, 2019 at 19:06
  • @pomsky Setting size (at least for me) did not persist between sessions. I am still running an autostart script for that (I should check whether it sticks now). I agree that changing cursor theme will be persistent.
    – vanadium
    Jul 14, 2019 at 21:23
  • @vanadium I meant both work fine for me for ages. Perhaps "specifically not working for a certain user" is not always same as the statement "does not work in general".
    – pomsky
    Jul 14, 2019 at 21:36
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    @pomsky I disabled my autostart and indeed, the setting sticks. Might have been under Antergos where I started using an autostart line because then the size setting would not stick for me.
    – vanadium
    Jul 15, 2019 at 9:41

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