Mouse pointer

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

Mouse pointerA mouse cursor, also known as a mouse arrow, or mouse pointer, is a graphical image that is used to activate or control certain elements in a graphical user interface. More plainly, it indicates where your mouse should perform its next action, such as opening a program, or dragging a file to another location. The mouse pointer follows the path of the user's hand as they move their mouse. The graphic shows an example of a mouse cursor.

Tip: See our mouse page for a full explanation of a mouse, types of mice, and other related information.

Example of a mouse pointer

Hover cursor changeIn the animated picture to the right, you'll se an example of a mouse cursor moving around the screen. By default, it looks like a pointed arrow. When positioned over selectable text, it appears as an I-beam cursor. When hovering over a link, it appears as a pointing hand.

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