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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.

Published onMarch 24, 2024

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.


To change your cursor on a Chromebook, head over to Settings > Accessibility > Cursor and Touchpad. Alternatively, you can install the Custom Cursor for Chrome extension and pick a custom cursor.


How to change the cursor on a Chromebook officially

To some, changing the Chromebook wallpaper is enough customizations. Others may want to change how the cursor looks, too. Let’s go over the official method, which is a bit limited, but won’t require too much tinkering or third-party software.

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select Cursor and Touchpad.
  4. From here, you can change the color and size of the cursor, or highlight it when it is moving.

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

If you like a bit more flair, don’t worry; there are plenty of software options. Our favorite one is Custom Cursor for Chrome. Let’s go over how to use it.

  1. Download Custom Cursor for Chrome from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Click the Add to Chrome button.
  3. Click the Add Extension button.
  4. The extension with a cursor logo will appear on the Google Chrome address bar. Click on it. If the extension isn’t visible, you can find it by clicking the Extensions button, which looks like a jigsaw piece.
  5. Pick your favorite cursor, or hit More cursors to see the entire collection. Alternatively, Custom Cursor for Chrome also lets you upload your own.

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.


If your Chromebook is managed by a school or work organization, certain customization features might be locked down for security reasons. You can request them to lift some restrictions.

If you’re unable to download extensions on your Chromebook, it might be because of school or work IT security policies.

On Chromebooks with a touchscreen, you may notice the cursor disappear from time to time. However, tapping the trackpad (if present) or connecting a USB mouse should bring the cursor back.

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