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    Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    I had a big cursor (icon size 48) in 10.04, when I upgraded to 12.04, this big cursor remains big only incertain apps, i.e. firefox, but when I move cursor in the desktop or open nautilus it appears very very small.

    How can I recover my big cursor for all the system and apps?, only I want to change the cursor size to a bigger one

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    This has been the case for me on every version of Ubuntu I have used starting with 9.10 . This is why stopped trying install custom cursors.The cursor changes on hover regardless of what internet browser is used. Advanced Settings allows changing the style and not the size.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    See HERE to use galternatives
    to add and select your mouse theme and then use gnome-tweak-tool to also select it.
    Install galternatives...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install galternatives
    ***NOTE***
    Your cursor theme must have a cursor.theme file.
    If not create one in the same format as other themes.
    eg look at the cursor.theme file in /usr/share/icons/DMZ-White
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Thanks for answering.

    I have my cursor theme whiteglass in /usr/share/icons, I don't want to change the cursor's theme but only its size. In fact I have a cursor size of 48 in a .Xresources file and with dconf-editor I can see that the cursor theme whiteglass and size 48 are the correct.

    But the problem is when I hover the pointer in the launcher or desktop or top panel it changes its size to a very small one (very little arrow), it occurs generally in the top part of the windows. However in firefox window the cursor size is the correct, the big one which I had in lucid.

    I have tried the two methods suggested in this link: http://askubuntu.com/questions/12649...r-and-its-size but it doesn't work

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    As far as I know, the only way to increase the cursor size and have
    it work properly is to install a theme like big-cursor and use the
    method posted earlier.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    The problem is really weird.

    While I see the correct size cursor(big one) in certain apps: firefox or libreoffice; in desktop, launcher, panel and almost every other window I see a very small arrow as cursor ( when in certain parts of these windows cursor changes to a hand its size is always big, the desired one).

    I have taken a screenshot of my desktop to demonstrate how small is the cursor but although I see the cursor small in the display, in the screenshot taken it appears as the big one I want¿¿???.

    I am really puzzled.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    You should read the link given by Stinkeye carefully. There are two different types of mouse cursor behavior. You need to set both.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by claracc View Post
    The problem is really weird.

    While I see the correct size cursor(big one) in certain apps: firefox or libreoffice; in desktop, launcher, panel and almost every other window I see a very small arrow as cursor ( when in certain parts of these windows cursor changes to a hand its size is always big, the desired one).

    I have taken a screenshot of my desktop to demonstrate how small is the cursor but although I see the cursor small in the display, in the screenshot taken it appears as the big one I want¿¿???.

    I am really puzzled.
    It's a long standing bug that I've yet to see a solution for
    except installing a customized large cursor theme.
    The dconf setting for cursor-size doesn't apply across the whole system.

    I downloaded a pretty basic large cursor theme and when installed as described earlier, works.
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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Thankyou very much. At the end I got it. The procedure you gave works.

    At least I understood which the problem was.

    I downloaded and installed, as you addressed, the Large cursor theme and now, yes, it works. I don't have my old pretty and big whiteglass pointer but I got a big basic one and no the small little arrow.

    Now I will look for more cursor themes (bigger ones) to try.

    Is there a bug in launchpad to fill about this problem?

    Best regards

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by claracc View Post
    Is there a bug in launchpad to fill about this problem?

    Best regards
    the bug is already running; for sometimes.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...piz/+bug/86184

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