How to change your mouse cursor on a school chromebook

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2024 by

As more and more schools turn to chromebooks for their students, many students are finding themselves limited in their customization options. One common complaint is the inability to change the mouse cursor on a school chromebook. However, with a few simple hacks, you can easily customize your mouse cursor and make your chromebook feel more personal. Here’s how to change your mouse cursor on a school chromebook.

Enable Developer Mode

Before you can make any changes to your chromebook, you will need to enable developer mode. This will allow you to access the chromebook’s operating system and make changes that are typically restricted. To enable developer mode, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your chromebook.
  2. Press and hold the Esc and Refresh keys, then press the Power button.
  3. When the “Chrome OS is missing or damaged” screen appears, press Ctrl + D.
  4. Press Enter to confirm that you want to enable developer mode.
  5. Your chromebook will reboot and enter developer mode.

Download a Custom Cursor Extension

Once you have enabled developer mode, you can download a custom cursor extension from the Chrome Web Store. There are several options available, but one popular choice is the “Custom Cursor for Chrome” extension. To download this extension, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Search for “Custom Cursor for Chrome” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the extension and then click “Add to Chrome.”
  4. A pop-up window will appear, click “Add extension” to confirm.

Choose and Apply Your Custom Cursor

After the extension has been added to your chromebook, you can choose and apply your custom cursor. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the extension icon in the top right corner of your browser.
  2. A menu will appear with a variety of cursor options to choose from.
  3. Click on the cursor you want to use and it will automatically be applied.


If you are having trouble with the custom cursor extension, there are a few things you can try:

  • Make sure you have enabled developer mode and downloaded the extension correctly.
  • Try restarting your chromebook.
  • If the cursor is not showing up, try changing the cursor size in the extension menu.

Other Hacks for School Chromebooks

While you have developer mode enabled, there are a few other hacks you can try on your school chromebook:

  • Install Linux on your chromebook for access to more customization options.
  • Use a virtual machine to run Windows or MacOS on your chromebook.
  • Install Android apps on your chromebook for more functionality.

By following these steps, you can easily change your mouse cursor on a school chromebook and make it feel more personalized. Have you tried any of these hacks? Let us know in the comments.

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