This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install and change the mouse cursor theme in Ubuntu 12.10 & 12.04 in graphical way.
G Alternatives is a graphical front-end to the update-alternatives, here I’ll use it to install & change the cursor theme.
To get started
Hit Ctrl+Alt+T, copy and paste this command into terminal and hit enter. It outputs a list of available cursor themes in Ubuntu repository:
apt-cache search cursor-theme
You can search for and install these themes in Ubuntu Software Center.
You can also download X11 Mouse Themes from gnome-look.org. Just extract the downloaded packages to /home/USER/.icons folder.
To apply or change Mouse Cursor theme:
Search for and install Alternatives Configurator in Ubuntu Software Center.
Then open it from the Unity dash. As you see in the picture, scroll down to choose x-cursor-theme, then choose a theme. You can also manually add a cursor theme to the list by type in the PATH-TO-CURSOR.THEME file.
Finally, install Dconf Editor in Ubuntu Software Center. Open it and navigate to org.gnome.desktop.interface, change the cursor size and cursor theme.