Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

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Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by AsusSucks » Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:35 pm

Is it possible to edit something in a simple way in linux mint 19 xfce and achieve a shape like that?
If not, does anyone know a mouse theme that transforms a cursor into something like that? Could not find one on gnome look.

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Re: Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by gm10 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:07 pm

Existing cursor themes are in /usr/share/icons, you can modify them or use them as a template to create your own. Or look through existing themes, there's likely one that fits your preferences. A few can be found in Software Manager but for more choice see e.g. https://www.opendesktop.org/browse/cat/107/order/latest

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Re: Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by AsusSucks » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:31 pm

How do I find " /usr/share/icons " and how can I modify them or use them as a template to create my own?

From that site, let's say I want to install https://www.opendesktop.org/p/1244666/
How do i do that step by step?

On widnows, it is risky to download cursors because of viruses etc. How to deal with that here? How safe is it to download that theme?

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Re: Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by gm10 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:55 pm

Say you downloaded that theme to your Downloads folder, then in a terminal window you can extract it like this:

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mkdir -p ~/.icons
tar xvzf ~/Downloads/Dot-Transparent.tar.gz -C ~/.icons
You can also do it via the GUI, of course.

And you should always be careful with everything you download.

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Re: Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by AsusSucks » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:26 am

Is there a simple way to change the default cursor into a circle with out downloading that theme then? If yes, then how to do it?
That is the only way i see to be careful about it. Do not know how to check if that file is safe to download/install.

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Re: Any way to change the mouse pointer / cursor into a crosshair, circle, square or a big dot?

Post by gm10 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:31 am

I checked for you and that set looks perfectly fine, as no doubt most if not all of them are. Just be careful when installation instructions ask you to run a script or something like that. Just extract those archives manually into ~/.icons and you're good - if any of the sets don't work without having to run a script just delete it.

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