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    Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    I am having a proglem with seeing the curser on the screen as a/ its too small for me to see and b/ it goes of the edge and unseen. is it possible to...

    a/ make the curser bigger and/or b/ change its colour and make it flash.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    Yeah it is possible.You just need to download a tweaker tool for Ubuntu.It is called Ubuntu Tweaks.With this tool you can do a lot of customizations.Try it.For review follow this link

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    You can change the size of the cursor using the terminal but does not work consistently in 12.04
    eg
    get current cursor-size (default is 24)...
    Code:
    gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size
    set a larger size...
    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 48
    reset to default size...
    Code:
    gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size
    In 12.10 you also need to create a ~/.Xresources file containing your larger size
    eg
    Code:
    Xcursor.size:48


    However, creating a ~/.Xresources file does not work in 12.04 and the size does not change consistently
    across the desktop.


    You could try this THEME which highlights the mouse.
    015.jpg
    Download the theme to ~/Downloads.
    Right click on the yDmz.tar.gz archive and extract here.


    Move the extracted yDmz folder to /usr/share/icons
    **the yDmz folder must be in ~/Downloads for this command to work.
    Code:
    sudo mv Downloads/yDmz /usr/share/icons
    Then add the cursor theme to the alternatives list
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme x-cursor-theme /usr/share/icons/yDmz/cursor.theme 20
    and choose your added cursor...
    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme yDmz && sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    Log out/in

    To revert back to the default cursor (DMZ-White)...
    Code:
    gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-theme && sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    Last edited by stinkeye; March 11th, 2013 at 02:57 PM.

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    Another way to do it is install "crystalcursors", its in the software center. Or in terminal enter:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install crystalcursors
    Then to choose a new theme:

    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    These cursor themes will be bigger by default and you must log out for changes to take effect.

    This works for me in gnome-classic.

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Another way to do it is install "crystalcursors", its in the software center. Or in terminal enter:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install crystalcursors
    Then to choose a new theme:

    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    These cursor themes will be bigger by default and you must log out for changes to take effect.

    This works for me in gnome-classic.
    Yes, installing a bigger or brighter theme may also be the solution.
    Installing and trying cursor-themes from the software centre may be easier as they should be automatically added to the
    update-alternatives list.

    You need to also run one of the tweak tools as well to change the cursor to match the
    update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme selection.

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    Thanks: all....

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    Re: Changing the curser on 12.04, is it possible

    Something else that might be helpful is if you go to System Settings > Mouse and Touchpad
    You can select the option show position of the pointer when the control key is pressed.

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