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How to change your cursor on a Chromebook

Bored with your Chromebook cursor? Here's how to spice things up a bit.
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April 5, 2022

Changing the cursor on your computer may not be the rage it used to be, but it’s still a great way to add a little splash to your machine. Chromebooks also have this functionality, with some built-in cursor customization and more with third-party apps. Here’s how to change your cursor on a Chromebook.

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QUICK ANSWER

To change your cursor on a Chromebook, head over to Settings -> Advanced -> Accessibility -> Manage accessibility settings -> Mouse and touchpad. Alternatively, you can install the Custom Cursor for Chrome extension and pick a custom cursor.


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How to change the cursor on a Chromebook officially

Open the Settings app on your Chromebook. Click Advanced in the left navigation pane, and then Accessibility. In the right pane, click Manage accessibility settings.

Chromebook accesibility settings
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Scroll down to Mouse and touchpad. To change the cursor color, click the dropdown menu next to Cursor color, and click the color you want.

Chromebook change cursor color
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To change the size of the cursor, click the toggle next to Show large mouse cursor. A slider will pop down under it, labeled Adjust cursor size. Move the slider to change the size of your cursor.

Chromebook change cursor size
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You can also enable the options to highlight the cursor, and set it to auto-click when stopped. That’s about the limit of cosmetic customization you can get on your Chromebook cursor using the official method.

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Using a third-party app for custom cursors on a Chromebook

If you like a bit more flair, don’t worry, there’s an app for that. A Google Chrome extension called Custom Cursor for Chrome can let you get a whole bunch of different cursors on your Chromebook. Click the Add to Chrome button.

Custom Cursor for Chromebook Chrome Web Store
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Click the Add extension button.

Custom Cursor for Chromebook Chrome Web Store add extension
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The extension will appear on the Google Chrome address bar with a cursor logo. Click it to open. If the extension isn’t visible, you can find it by clicking the Extensions button that looks like a jigsaw piece.

You can pick the cursor you like from the list of popular cursors by clicking the preferred one. Or click the More cursors button to go through the entire collection. Alternatively, Custom Cursor for Chrome also lets you upload your own.

Custom Cursor for Chromebook cursor list
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You can also change the size of the custom cursor using the cursor size button at the top of the extension, and return to the default cursor by clicking the power button at the top of the extension.


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