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I know this is probably a bit of a newbie question but I'm having a little trouble installing any cursor themes. I extract the archives contents to /usr/share/themes but when I go to Menu>Settings>Mouse and touchpad>themes all I see is default.

Using Archlinux, XFCE.

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After further inspection, i have added the cursor folder to both ~/.icons and /usr/share/icons as well as /usr/share/themes too. I still do not get the option to change my cursor, just the default setting still, – Josh Jul 2 '12 at 1:57

Icon and cursor themes need to go to ~/.icons or ${sysprefix}/share/icons

Have a look here

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