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How to Enlarge the Mouse Cursor on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS

Ben Stegner 19-06-2017

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Here’s how to enlarge the mouse cursor no matter which OS you’re using.

Windows 10

Open the Start Menu and type Mouse, then choose the Mouse Settings entry. On this menu, click the Additional mouse options text to open the Control Panel Mouse section. Choose the Pointers tab and under the Scheme tab, change the selection to Windows Default (large) or Windows Default (extra large). This preserves the look of the cursor, but makes it much bigger.


Click the Apple Menu and open System Preferences. Then open the Accessibility menu and select the Display tab. Slide the Cursor Size slider to dynamically change the cursor until it’s set somewhere comfortable for you. When you’re done, just close the window.


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dconf write /org/gnome/desktop/interface/cursor-size 48

If this doesn’t work for your flavor of Linux, see this Stack Exchange post for more options.


Chrome OS

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Do you prefer a small or large cursor? Let us know if you made yours bigger by leaving a comment below!

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Related topics: Accessibility, Linux Tweaks, macOS Sierra, Windows 10.

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  1. BillinRSDCA
    June 19, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    So, how do you install non-windows large(r) mouse pointers from the net? I tried a couple of times with bad results so I obviously don't know what I'm doing.