An interactive indicator showing the location on screen that will accept the input from a keyboard or pointing device (such as mouse).

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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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Whether to use pointer (hand) over a button or just the default cursor

Gmail uses the pointer on mouse over of a button, while many of other websites uses a hand So I am wondering which kind of cursor is more friendly to users (on web applications), or it just ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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Are hourglass cursors still relevant?

I had a co-worker recommend that I set the cursor to an hourglass (probably the progress cursor as described here) while an operation completes, in a C# dialog. The operation can take a few seconds to ...
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Who created the Mac Mickey pointer cursor?

I just found out why the mouse cursor is slightly tilted*, and asked myself why the pointer cursor is a little Mickey hand. Do you guys know why is it like this and who invented it? Related Question: ...
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Easiest cursor move?

In relation to making a pie-menu. I've tried finding research on this, but to no avail. My reasoning is this: Put the most used features at the easiest places (although putting opposites.. opposite ...
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Cursor position and movement in Bidi Input.

In the case of Bidi input, where both RTL and LTR types languages can be mixed together, what should be the cursor position? And what should be the movement of the cursor with Home and End buttons? ...
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When hovering over a chart, which cursor:pointer style should be used?

What is best practice for cursor pointer choice when hovering over a chart that contains interactive elements? It currently seems to be the standard pointer which does not inform or educate the user. ...