how do I specify a mouse cursor on a button?


I have a number of buttons, which I have turned into rollovers.

Its strange that on some buttons the finger cursor appears and on others the pointer cursor appears.

I prefer the finger/hand cursor.

Any idea why this is happening and how I can make them all the same?

I appreciate your help!


6 Replies
Ali Goulet

Hi Samantha!

Did you use hotspots with these? If so, right click on the hotspot and you'll see an option to "show hand cursor" which you can disable/enable based on your preference. Check out the Showing or Hiding a Hand Cursor When Hovering Over Hotspots section of this tutorial for reference. Hope that helps! 


Alyssa Gomez

Hi there Jacqui!

I'm not sure if you've tried this yet, but you can easy format a shape into a button by following these steps:

  • Insert the shape onto your slide.
  • Add a button onto your slide.
  • Which the button selected, click the Format Painter in the Home tab, then click the shape.
  • Delete the button. Now the shape now has the same states as the button, and the hand cursor appears when the mouse hovers over the shape.

Here's a quick video tutorial on how to do that!

Sally Price

Is it possible to hide the mouse cursor if I've used a shape with an attached trigger instead of a hotspot?  I wanted to hide the button after it's been clicked, and I don't think I can hide a hotspot, so I used transparent shapes.  But I want the exercise to be difficult, and showing the hand cursor gives away the place the user should click.

Walt Hamilton

Create a big transparent shape. It should cover all the appropriate part of the slide. It should go under all the spots where a learner can click. Give it a trigger that does nothing, like change state to normal when user clicks. That way the cursor is always over a click spot and is always a hand.