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Old 02-03-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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changing the Cursor (arrow) image

I have a standard Gnome desktop, and everything works fine. However, I want to change the icon used for the mouse pointer from the standard arrow to a pre-created file. I've had a quick Google, and a rummage around themes, but nothing seems to do the job...anybody got any tips? I'm currently running Xorg, Gnome 2.14.3, Linux 2.6.18-6-486
Old 02-04-2008, 05:37 AM   #2
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Hi Jimbo
Try out this one. Might be of ur help

1) Download "mouse theme" you like:
- here is one place to download -> gnome-look (

2) Copy(as root) downloaded archived file in /usr/share/icons:
cp example.tar.bz2 /usr/share/icons/

3) Go to that directory and unpack the archive:
tar xvfj example.tar.bz2
The directory with your icon name should be created here.(/usr/share/icons/Example)

Note: Some icon themes come with two or three different colors, so extracted directory will contain subfolders name like "Black" "White" "Blue" ....
You should move subfolder to /usr/share/icons/ directory like this:
mv /usr/share/icons/Example/Black /usr/share/icons/
Now the /usr/share/icons/Black foder is here where it should be.

4) Edit the file with your text editor located in /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme
gedit /usr/share/icons/default/index.theme
Change the line "Inherits=Bluecurve" to whatever your new mouse icon theme directory is named. (Inherits=Example, Inherits=Black, Inherits=Blue,...)

5) Save the file and log out of your session.
When you login, the new mouse icon theme should be in use.

Old 02-05-2008, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info!


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