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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?

    I also have this problem in 12.04 classic and would also like a black cursor which is what I have set in advanced settings and dconf editor but it changes on some apps to white and small. This is a real irritating bug that used to be easy to fix in gnome 2

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    I also have this problem in 12.04 classic and would also like a black cursor which is what I have set in advanced settings and dconf editor but it changes on some apps to white and small. This is a real irritating bug that used to be easy to fix in gnome 2
    Use galternatives to also change to the same theme under x-cursor-theme.
    or
    run the command
    Code:
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    I installed the galternatives but issue still exists. I get a large black pointer in firefox but other stuff is still small and white I have also used Ubuntu tweak, and advanced settings, and dconf but none fix this problem. A few releases ago this got broken and nothing seems to fix it. I am running 12.04 classic.

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    Re: Howto recover the big pointer in unity?

    Ubuntu-tweak and other tweak tools just change the dconf setting(gsettings)
    Changing the cursor from DMZ-White to DMZ-Black should work by changing the gsettings and alternatives value.

    The size of the cursor is a different issue.
    If the size is inconsistent change the cursor-size back to default (24).
    Code:
    gsettings reset org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size
    Using the ~/.Xresources file to make the size consistent doesn't work in 12.04.
    Last edited by stinkeye; March 20th, 2013 at 07:39 PM.

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