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CSS - Cursors


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The cursor property of CSS allows you to specify the type of cursor that should be displayed to the user.

One good usage of this property is in using images for submit buttons on forms. By default, when a cursor hovers over a link, the cursor changed from a pointer to a hand. For a submit button on a form this does not happen. Therefore, using the cursor property to change the cursor to a hand whenever someone hovers over an image that is a submit button. This provides a visual clue that they can click it.

The table that follows shows possible values for the cursor property:

ValueDescription
autoShape of the cursor depends on the context area it is over. For example an I over text, a hand over a link, and so on...
crosshairA crosshair or plus sign
defaultAn arrow
pointerA pointing hand (in IE 4 this value is hand)
moveThe I bar
e-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved right (east)
ne-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up and right (north/east)
nw-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up and left (north/west)
n-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up (north)
se-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down and right (south/east)
sw-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down and left (south/west)
s-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down (south)
w-resizeThe cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved left (west)
textThe I bar
waitAn hour glass
helpA question mark or balloon, ideal for use over help buttons
<url>The source of a cursor image file

NOTE: You should try to use only these values to add helpful information for users, and in places they would expect to see that cursor. For example, using the crosshair when someone hovers over a link can confuse visitors.

Here is the example:

<p>Move the mouse over the words to see the cursor change:</p>
<div style="cursor:auto">Auto</div>
<div style="cursor:crosshair">Crosshair</div>
<div style="cursor:default">Default</div>
<div style="cursor:pointer">Pointer</div>
<div style="cursor:move">Move</div>
<div style="cursor:e-resize">e-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:ne-resize">ne-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:nw-resize">nw-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:n-resize">n-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:se-resize">se-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:sw-resize">sw-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:s-resize">s-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:w-resize">w-resize</div>
<div style="cursor:text">text</div>
<div style="cursor:wait">wait</div>
<div style="cursor:help">help</div>

This will produce following result:

Move the mouse over the words to see the cursor change:

Auto
Crosshair
Default
Pointer
Move
e-resize
ne-resize
nw-resize
n-resize
se-resize
sw-resize
s-resize
w-resize
text
wait
help

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