The cursor property specifies the type of cursor to be displayed for the pointing device when over the element's border, padding, and content.

  • Initial valueauto
  • Applies toAll elements
  • InheritedYes
  • MediaVisual, Interactive
  • Computed valueAs specified, but with relative URI converted into absolute URI
  • AnimatableNo
  • CSS VersionCSS2, CSS3
  • JavaScript syntaxobject.style.cursor
Formal syntax: [ [<uri> [<x> <y>]?,]* [ auto | default | none | context-menu | help | pointer | progress | wait | cell | crosshair | text | vertical-text | alias | copy | move | no-drop | not-allowed | e-resize | n-resize | ne-resize | nw-resize | s-resize | se-resize | sw-resize | w-resize | ew-resize | ns-resize | nesw-resize | nwse-resize | col-resize | row-resize | all-scroll | zoom-in | zoom-out ] ] | inherit

cursor: [value];

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General Purpose Cursors:
  • autoThe browser determines the cursor to display based on the current context.
  • defaultThe platform-dependent default cursor. Often rendered as an arrow.
  • noneNo cursor is rendered for the element.
Links and Status Cursors:
  • context-menuA context menu is available for the object under the cursor. Often rendered as an arrow with a small menu-like graphic next to it.
  • helpHelp is available for the object under the cursor. Often rendered as a question mark or a balloon.
  • pointerThe cursor is a pointer that indicates a link.
  • progressThe program is busy in the background but the user can still interact with the interface.
  • waitIndicates that the program is busy and the user should wait. Often rendered as a watch or hourglass.
Selection Cursors:
  • cellIndicates that a cell or set of cells may be selected. Often rendered as a thick plus-sign with a dot in the middle.
  • crosshairA simple crosshair (e.g., short line segments resembling a "+" sign). Often used to indicate a two dimensional bitmap selection mode.
  • textIndicating text can be selected, typically an I-beam.
  • vertical-textIndicating that vertical text can be selected, typically a sideways I-beam.
Drag and Drop Cursors:
  • aliasIndicates an alias of/shortcut to something is to be created. Often rendered as an arrow with a small curved arrow next to it.
  • copyIndicates something is to be copied. Often rendered as an arrow with a small plus sign next to it.
  • moveIndicates something is to be moved.
  • no-dropIndicates that the dragged item cannot be dropped at the current cursor location. Often rendered as a hand or pointer with a small circle with a line through it.
  • not-allowedIndicates that the requested action will not be carried out. Often rendered as a circle with a line through it.
Resizing and Scrolling Cursors:
  • n-resizeSome edge is to be moved. For example, the se-resize cursor is used when the movement starts from the south-east corner of the box.
  • ne-resizeAs above
  • e-resizeAs above
  • se-resizeAs above
  • s-resizeAs above
  • sw-resizeAs above
  • w-resizeAs above
  • nw-resizeAs above
  • ew-resizeIndicates a bidirectional resize cursor.
  • ns-resizeAs above
  • nesw-resizeAs above
  • nwse-resizeAs above
  • col-resizeIndicates that the item/column can be resized horizontally. Often rendered as arrows pointing left and right with a vertical bar separating them.
  • row-resizeIndicates that the item/row can be resized vertically. Often rendered as arrows pointing up and down with a horizontal bar separating them.
  • all-scrollIndicates that the something can be scrolled in any direction. Often rendered as arrows pointing up, down, left, and right with a dot in the middle.
Zooming Cursors:
  • zoom-inIndicates that something can be zoomed (magnified) in.
  • zoom-outIndicates that something can be zoomed (magnified) out.
Image Cursors:
  • <uri>The user agent retrieves the cursor from the resource designated by the URI. If the user agent cannot handle the first cursor of a list of cursors, it must attempt to handle the second, etc. If the user agent cannot handle any user-defined cursor, it must use the cursor keyword at the end of the list.
.help { cursor: help; }
.custom { cursor:url(mycursor.cur), pointer; }

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Last updated on 23rd March 2014 By Rene Spronk

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