Double-headed arrow

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope
Double-headed arrow cursor

The double-headed arrow is a special mouse cursor displayed when a window or window object can be resized. For example, this cursor is shown when you move your mouse pointer to the edge or corner of a window in the Microsoft Windows operating system. The image shows an example of the vertical double-headed arrow. When this cursor is active, you can drag the object up or down to increase or decrease its vertical size.

Additional examples

A horizontal and diagonal version of the double-headed arrow may also be available. Below is an example of the diagonal double-headed arrow, shown in the bottom-right corner of a window in the program Notepad. This arrow is used to resize a window.

Window resize corner


This cursor is only visible for a window when it's not maximized and capable of being resized.

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