How to Change Mouse Cursor Size in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to change the mouse cursor or pointer size in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux comes with a standard mouse cursor size and color, which is small and black. The default small size usually isn’t helpful especially for people with poor vision.

With the use of wide screens and higher resolutions, it can be difficult to spot the mouse pointer across bigger areas of the screen, or even double screens.

Ubuntu Linux allows users to increase or decrease the cursor size to help folks with who can’t see clearly or have some sort of vision impairments making it difficult to see the cursor on the screen.

Cursor size can be combined with zoom to help you see clearly and make it easier to see the cursor on your screen.

How to change your mouse pointer size in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, the default small size usually isn’t helpful especially for people with poor vision.

Ubuntu Linux allows you to change the cursor size, so it is easier to see on your screen. Below is how to do that.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Accessibility panel, under Seeing, select Cursor Size tile to expand.

On the pop-up window, choose a cursor size that fits your needs. You selection should apply immediately.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.


This post showed you how to change the cursor or pointer size in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.