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Old 07-23-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
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changing the default pointer in kde/kde4 (squeeze)

I just gave kde4 a try and I'd like to know if there's a way to change the default mouse pointer from one shape to another.

It seems that after installing all the kde4 stuff that came along with 'kdebase-workspace' my mouse pointer has been permanently changed over to the one that kde4 uses, even when I'm in gnome. I like the gnome one better anyway, so I figure the best way to get it back is to change the kde4 default.

I'm not looking to edit my own mouse pointer, I just want to get one that looks more like the way the one in gnome looks -- or used to look.

Old 07-23-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Try installing the Gnome cursor theme in System Settings--> Keyboard & Mouse--> Cursor Theme. Then select your installed theme from the same location.

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Old 07-23-2009, 11:43 PM   #3
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It's been a long time since I've used KDE, but isn't there a mouse setting panel in the KDE Control Centre? Or maybe installing or uninstalling some different cursor themes would do something.
Old 07-25-2009, 10:07 AM   #4
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It turns out the easiest thing to do was use update-alternatives...
# update-alternatives --config x-cursor-theme
then I picked the option for 'DMZ-White' and logged out and in. Everything was fine after that. Thanks all for the help.


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