- Visit the somewhat unpromising-appearing gnome-look.org for all sorts of bells and whistles which may or may not work with Cinnamon on Linux Mint; however, mouse cursors (“X11 Mouse Themes” as they are called on gnome-look.org) should work.
Pick and download a theme. I wanted BIGGER mouse cursors – unfindable mouse pointers are the bane of tons of screen real estate and small default cursors; nothing to do with my age and eyesight – so I downloaded the Obsidian Cursors 1.0 theme, but there are tons of choices.
- You’ll get a .bz2 file; uncompress it and you will find two folders and an “index.theme” file. Here’s where the above-mentioned bugs come in; sadly, you can’t yet in Linux Mint 15 “Olivia” just right-click that file and install the theme. :(
- Create the directory
~/.iconsif it does not exist. In the shell, this can be accomplished by running
mkdir -p ~/.icons
- Move the directory containing your downloaded cursor theme to
~/.icons. In my case, I did
mv ~/Downloads/Obsidian ~/.icons
- Go to Menu > System Tools > System Settings > Themes > Other Settings > Mouse Pointer. You should now be able to choose Obsidian. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like the pointers are scalable at this time, but it’s there!
If you are really looking for BIGGER mouse pointers in Linux Mint and don’t like Obsidian – and the jury’s still out for me – there is a theme called “Aero Mouse Cursors with Drop Shadow” which contains a set of extra-large cursors that you can try.