CSS Cursors

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 changes from a pointer to a hand. However, it does not change form for a submit button on a form. Therefore, whenever someone hovers over an image that is a submit button, it provides a visual clue that the image is clickable.

The following table shows the possible values for the cursor property −

Sr.No. Value & Description
1

auto

The shape 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...

2

crosshair

A crosshair or plus sign

3

default

An arrow

4

pointer

A pointing hand (in IE 4 this value is hand)

5

move

The I bar

6

e-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved right (east)

7

ne-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up and right (north/east)

8

nw-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up and left (north/west)

9

n-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved up (north)

10

se-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down and right (south/east)

11

sw-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down and left (south/west)

12

s-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved down (south)

13

w-resize

The cursor indicates that an edge of a box is to be moved left (west)

14

text

The I bar

15

wait

An hourglass

16

help

A question mark or balloon, ideal for use over help buttons

17

<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.

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>