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In this tutorial we will see how to change your mouse pointer size under a system running Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). We will also see how to change the mouse cursor theme. This tutorial will be useful for users having a larger cursor than usual.

Getting Started

Open the terminal and install "dconf-editor" with this command:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Start it now with this command:

dconf-editor &

Head to org >> gnome >> desktop >> interface, then in the left pane of the window, locate "cursor-size" which has a default value of 24.


Set your own cursor size. Changes will be instantaneous, no need to reboot. You can also change cursor size from terminal with this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 50

To restore default cursor size, run this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 24

To change cursor theme, you need to run firstly this command:

sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

A list of themes will be proposed, select a number and press Enter:



Then reboot your system so that changes can take effect.

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