Below is a screenshot from Chromium browser, running in Razor-Qt desktop,

In other DEs, the cursor is just normal, but here you can see it becomes a big X, anyone know how to fix that? The cursor theme is not broken, as it works for KDE4 and XFCE4

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P.S That happens to all GTK apps, Qt app works fine

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    Not that it helps much, but FYI: that's the original/default X cursor -- ie., the cursor you get on a minimal X install sans window manager or customized configuration. So it is probably something not happening that leads to this.
    – goldilocks
    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:57
  • Your DE is probably unable to read the GTK Icon set for some reason and hence is falling back to the default X icon.
    – darnir
    Mar 25, 2013 at 13:23

2 Answers 2


That is the default cursor. You can run:

 xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr

to set the pointer to the left arrow. Typically, this goes in your .xinitrc file.

  • I am using Linux Mint 18.2 and an application changed the mouse cursor and didn't change it back when it closed. The above fixed the issue. Thx.
    – RyanNerd
    Oct 25, 2017 at 17:50

The cure for me lay in cleaning up ~/.icons, which for me somehow turned out to contain

$ cat ~/.icons/default/index.theme
# This file is written by LXAppearance. Do not edit.[Icon Theme]
Comment=Default Cursor Theme

Wiping out ~/.icons/ brought back many cheery cursors - I never knew what I was missing. Helped for both Firefox and Chrome. (I use icewm.)

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