6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 13, 2010 5:37 PM by babowa
nab111693 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I know there is no control panel to change the cursors but I was wondering can someone give me a description of each cursor and its use?
For instance I know what the loading cursor and default cursor look like, but what about the other cursors? I hope I am making sense, I ask this just out of curiosity.

MB402LL/A, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (70,040 points)
    On the whole (some applications aren't consistent):

    Arrow - 'this is where the cursor is'
    Thin vertical line with small extrusions top and bottom - 'insert text here'
    Hand with pointing finger - 'click here to go somewhere else'
    Hand with all fingers extended 'grab and move'
    Rotating black and white wheel - 'dealing with it, shan't be a moment'
    Wristwatch 'dealing with it, will take a bit longer'
    Rotating coloured wheel (the 'beachball') - 'I'm overwhelmed, I need to lie down, I may be back after a period. Or possibly not'.
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
    This support page is an oldie, but seems still valid for later systems:
    *Mac OS X: Common Pointer Icons and What They Mean*
    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA22365?viewlocale=en_US
  • nab111693 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Do you know what the blue cursor is? It looks like the black and white cursor only its blue and darker blue if i recall correctly... anyway its really interesting and I am wondering what that one is.
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
    Do you mean this one?
    !http://i52.tinypic.com/2yxgo5z.jpg!

    I found it in this outside thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=613548
    Post #30 there includes:
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    This is the "wait" cursor that Apple's JAVA implementation uses in certain situations.
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  • nab111693 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    wow you found it! I've been looking forever to find out what it means!
    Thanks!
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,480 points)
    +Rotating coloured wheel (the 'beachball') - 'I'm overwhelmed, I need to lie down, I may be back after a period. Or possibly not'.+

    Absolutely priceless - had to pick myself up off the floor laughing so hard..