I use Xournal to give lectures and do various other tasks. So far it's taken a little adjustment to write using my wacom tablet but it works fantastically.

My only complaint is the cursor. Xournal appears to override the system defined cursor with a dot cursor. The dot cursor is too small for me to reliably see. Is there a way to adjust the size of the cursor or even give it a different icon?

I've checked the user manual


My system:
ubuntu studio 12.04
xfce desktop
xournal: 0.4.6~pre20110721-1build1

2 Answers 2


If anyone else is still having trouble with this, you can change the cursor type in settings now.

For Xournal++:

Edit > Preferences > View > Cursor

For the original Xournal:

Options > Pencil Cursor

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    Truth! 7 years ago when I asked this question said feature didn't exist
    – N8tron
    Apr 18, 2020 at 21:18
  • CAVEAT EMPTOR. This answer is not about Xournal (not updated since 2016) but about its non official descendant, Xournal++.
    – gboffi
    Feb 3 at 17:03
  • @gboffi okay for vanilla options > pencil cursor. So caveat emptor indeed
    – N8tron
    Feb 11 at 12:22

I found the following work around from 2010:

change the following lines in ~/.xournal/config


This changes the default tool to highlighter, makes the color black, opaque and gives it the same thicknesses as the pen tool.

Here's where this was suggested:


Maybe I should submit a feature request.

  • This change is so much better. Microscopic cursor has been driving me crazy. I know 4 years have elapsed but you should definitely submit a feature request!
    – Leo Simon
    Sep 12, 2016 at 13:23
  • One thing to keep in mind is that this method doesn't seem to support "pressure sensitivity", so it's not really an option if you use and rely on a pen with such a capability.
    – tomasz86
    Feb 26 at 15:47

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