How to Increase the Mouse Cursor in Ubuntu

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to change or increase the size of the mouse cursor | pointer in Ubuntu.

The mouse is a hand-held or touchpad device used in Ubuntu desktop environment. The mouse can be used to point and select object on the screen, select and move data by dragging and dropping to a new location, start applications, scroll app windows and more.

You can customize the mouse in variety of ways in Ubuntu. For example, you can change the function of the mouse button, increase the size of the pointer to make it visible, change the scroll speed of the wheel.

In Ubuntu, changing the size of the pointer of cursor can be done in the Universal Access windows. The steps below show you how.

To increase the mouse pointer in Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Go to the Setting page. Click the top menu and select Settings.

ubuntu system menu settings

Then scroll down to Accessibility ==> Cursor Size.

accessibility in ubuntu

From there you can change the size of the cursor to make it more visible on the sreen.

cursor size in ubuntu

Command line

The same actions above can done on the command line. For those who want to use the command line to change the size of the cursor or pointer, follow the steps below:

Press Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard to open the terminal console. On the console, run the commands below to change the size.

The follow pixels values represents the sizes of the cursor in Ubuntu.

  • 24: Default
  • 32: Medium
  • 48: Large
  • 64: Larger
  • 96: Largest

So to change the cursor to large, run the command with pixel value 48.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface cursor-size 48

That will instantly increase the size of the cursor.

To restore to the default size, run the command with pixel value 24 as shown below:

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

That should do it!


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