How to make the mouse pointer easier to see in Gnome 2.2

This page explains step-by-step how to make the mouse pointer easier to see in Gnome 2.2 for Linux by changing its appearance or how it functions.

Areas in this guide:

Make the mouse pointer larger

Step 1: Open the 'Customize Theme' window

Click on 'System' in the menu bar, then 'Preferences' and then 'Appearance', as shown in Fig 1. Alternatively, press Alt + F1 and then use the arrow keys to move to 'System', then 'Preferences', then 'Appearance', and then press Enter.

Fig 1'System' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Appearance Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. The 'Theme' tab should be selected by default. If it is not, click on the 'Theme' tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted, then press the left or right arrow keys until the 'Theme' tab is brought to the front.

Fig 2'Appearance Preferences' window

Click the 'Customize' button, or press Alt + U, to open the 'Customize Theme' window (shown in Fig 3).

Fig 3'Customize Theme' window showing the 'Pointer' tab

Click on the 'Pointer' tab, or use the arrow keys to cycle through the tabs until 'Pointer' is selected.

Step 2: Choose a mouse pointer size and colour

Choose the style or colour of mouse pointer you want from the options by clicking on it. Alternatively, press Tab until one of the options is highlighted, then use the arrow keys to select the one you want.

To make the mouse pointer bigger, click on the slider next to 'Size', and drag it until the mouse pointer is the size you want. Alternatively, press Tab until the slider is highlighted and then use the left and right arrow keys to move the slider.

When you are happy with your choices, click 'Close' or press Alt + C to return to the 'Appearance Preferences' window (shown in Fig 2). Click 'Close' or press Alt + C again to save your changes and return to the Gnome desktop.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

Make it easier to find your mouse pointer

Step 1: Open the 'Mouse Preferences' window

Click on 'System' in the menu bar, then 'Preferences' and then 'Mouse', as shown in Fig 1. Alternatively, press Alt + F1 and then use the arrow keys to move to 'System', then 'Preferences', then 'Mouse', and then press Enter.

Fig 1'System' drop-down menu

This will open the 'Mouse Preferences' window shown in Fig 2. The 'General' tab should be selected by default. If it is not, click on the 'General' tab, or press Tab until any of the tabs is highlighted, then press the left or right arrow keys until the 'General' tab is brought to the front.

Fig 2'Mouse Preferences' window

Step 2: Turn on the 'Locate Pointer' feature

You can change your setup so that whenever you press the Ctrl key, the mouse pointer will be highlighted by an animated series of ripples around it.

To turn on the 'Locate Pointer' feature, tick the box next to 'Show position of pointer when the Control key is pressed' by clicking on it, or press Alt + O to tick it.

Click 'Close' or press Alt + C to finish and return to the Gnome desktop.

Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies - contact your local IT support for further help.

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