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    I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Hi,
    I've just installed the latest Ubuntu Software on my laptop.
    I'm somewhat familiar with Ubuntu but this new has me stumped with regards to changing my mouse pointer size. I am somewhat older and really need a larger pointer. I've searched the forums and there are some good ideas there with regards to my question but nothing is seeming to work for me. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Here's something you could try:

    Open a terminal, and run the following command (replace the number with the size you want, 24 is the default), and then log out and back again:

    Code:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 40

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    There is a good collection of mouse pointers/cursors at:

    http://gnome-look.org/

    Use the list on the left, and look for X11 Mouse Themes

    Several offer large cursor sizes. One example: Flatbed Cursors. After downloading a theme, extract the contents of the package to:

    ~/.icons

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Thank you. I'll give it a try.

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?ke...n-cursor-theme

    chameleon-cursor-theme is a cursor theme in 5 colors and 3 sizes. To change your cursor theme, run...
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    ... and pick the number of the theme you want, then logout and back in.

    There is also the package big-cursor. I've never used it and don't know what it looks like, but I'd assume it provides, you know, a big cursor...
    http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?se...rds=big-cursor

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    This was a no brainer until 11.10 just pick a color and slide to size. I have tried all of the above and many other tries but nothing changes the size. I don't know how to do the suggestion at http://gnome-look.org/
    I downloaded and extracted the files but then what.I can get a small black cursor in firefox but all other places it is white. A lot of people need this with poor eyesight.

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    I have tried all of the above and many other tries but nothing changes the size.
    In a terminal...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install chameleon-cursor-theme
    ... or...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install big-cursor
    Then, in a terminal...
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    ... and enter the number of the cursor theme you want. Reboot.

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    This was a no brainer until 11.10 just pick a color and slide to size. I have tried all of the above and many other tries but nothing changes the size. I don't know how to do the suggestion at http://gnome-look.org/
    I downloaded and extracted the files but then what.I can get a small black cursor in firefox but all other places it is white. A lot of people need this with poor eyesight.
    I agree - I fired up my Unity test installation and I got the Flatbed Cursors to work partially - they functioned within Firefox and Libre Office at least, but as you say, in the file manager and elsewhere (such as the window controls) no go. White cursor only. I copied them into /usr/share/icons for good measure, and used Gnome Tweak tool (advanced settings) to select. Gnome Shell Desktop results were the same. Had thought they would work.

    Additional comment:

    They (Flatbed Cursors) work fine in Lubuntu 11.04 and 11.10, and work everywhere. Extracted the cursor theme files just into ~/.icons and select them from Lubuntu's Appearance dialog. I like that distro and have switched.

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by hhh View Post
    In a terminal...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install chameleon-cursor-theme
    ... or...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install big-cursor
    Then, in a terminal...
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
    ... and enter the number of the cursor theme you want. Reboot.
    Yes it works! This sets it in Unity. I also had to set the same cursor choice in gnome tweak tool, as my previous theme selected there was still active in some windows. Now there is a universal cursor everywhere.

    Why won't the downloaded X11 cursor themes work in Unity also?

    I wonder how many users would ever discover the commands needed to do this - it's too obscure. I hope such changes will be possible in a settings dialog in the future releases.

    Thanks for the solution. Should help the original poster.

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    Re: I could use a larger Cursor/Mouse Pointers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    Why won't the downloaded X11 cursor themes work in Unity also?
    They should if you put them in /usr/share/icons and logout/login before running update-alternatives. When you place them in ~/.icons they are per-user and not system wide.

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