I've got a list, and I have a click handler for its items:

<ul>
  <li>foo</li>
  <li>goo</li>
</ul>

How can I change the mouse pointer into a hand pointer (like when hovering over a button)? Right now the pointer turns into a text selection pointer when I hover over the list items.

Solution 1

In light of the passage of time, as people have mentioned, you can now safely just use:

li { cursor: pointer; }

Solution 2

Use for li:

li:hover {
    cursor: pointer;
}

See more cursor properties with examples after running snippet option:

.auto          { cursor: auto; }
.default       { cursor: default; }
.none          { cursor: none; }
.context-menu  { cursor: context-menu; }
.help          { cursor: help; }
.pointer       { cursor: pointer; }
.progress      { cursor: progress; }
.wait          { cursor: wait; }
.cell          { cursor: cell; }
.crosshair     { cursor: crosshair; }
.text          { cursor: text; }
.vertical-text { cursor: vertical-text; }
.alias         { cursor: alias; }
.copy          { cursor: copy; }
.move          { cursor: move; }
.no-drop       { cursor: no-drop; }
.not-allowed   { cursor: not-allowed; }
.all-scroll    { cursor: all-scroll; }
.col-resize    { cursor: col-resize; }
.row-resize    { cursor: row-resize; }
.n-resize      { cursor: n-resize; }
.e-resize      { cursor: e-resize; }
.s-resize      { cursor: s-resize; }
.w-resize      { cursor: w-resize; }
.ns-resize     { cursor: ns-resize; }
.ew-resize     { cursor: ew-resize; }
.ne-resize     { cursor: ne-resize; }
.nw-resize     { cursor: nw-resize; }
.se-resize     { cursor: se-resize; }
.sw-resize     { cursor: sw-resize; }
.nesw-resize   { cursor: nesw-resize; }
.nwse-resize   { cursor: nwse-resize; }

.cursors > div {
    float: left;
    box-sizing: border-box;
    background: #f2f2f2;
    border:1px solid #ccc;
    width: 20%;
    padding: 10px 2px;
    text-align: center;
    white-space: nowrap;
    &:nth-child(even) {
       background: #eee;
    }
    &:hover {
       opacity: 0.25
    }
}
<h1>Example of cursor</h1>

<div class="cursors">
    <div class="auto">auto</div>
    <div class="default">default</div>
    <div class="none">none</div>
    <div class="context-menu">context-menu</div>
    <div class="help">help</div>
    <div class="pointer">pointer</div>
    <div class="progress">progress</div>
    <div class="wait">wait</div>
    <div class="cell">cell</div>
    <div class="crosshair">crosshair</div>
    <div class="text">text</div>
    <div class="vertical-text">vertical-text</div>
    <div class="alias">alias</div>
    <div class="copy">copy</div>
    <div class="move">move</div>
    <div class="no-drop">no-drop</div>
    <div class="not-allowed">not-allowed</div>
    <div class="all-scroll">all-scroll</div>
    <div class="col-resize">col-resize</div>
    <div class="row-resize">row-resize</div>
    <div class="n-resize">n-resize</div>
    <div class="s-resize">s-resize</div>
    <div class="e-resize">e-resize</div>
    <div class="w-resize">w-resize</div>
    <div class="ns-resize">ns-resize</div>
    <div class="ew-resize">ew-resize</div>
    <div class="ne-resize">ne-resize</div>
    <div class="nw-resize">nw-resize</div>
    <div class="se-resize">se-resize</div>
    <div class="sw-resize">sw-resize</div>
    <div class="nesw-resize">nesw-resize</div>
    <div class="nwse-resize">nwse-resize</div>
</div>

Solution 3

You do not require jQuery for this, simply use the following CSS content:

li {cursor: pointer}

And voilà! Handy.

Solution 4

Use:

li:hover {
    cursor: pointer;
}

Other valid values (which hand is not) for the current HTML specification can be viewed here.

Solution 5

Use

cursor: pointer;
cursor: hand;

if you want to have a crossbrowser result!

Solution 6

CSS:

.auto            { cursor: auto; }
.default         { cursor: default; }
.none            { cursor: none; }
.context-menu    { cursor: context-menu; }
.help            { cursor: help; }
.pointer         { cursor: pointer; }
.progress        { cursor: progress; }
.wait            { cursor: wait; }
.cell            { cursor: cell; }
.crosshair       { cursor: crosshair; }
.text            { cursor: text; }
.vertical-text   { cursor: vertical-text; }
.alias           { cursor: alias; }
.copy            { cursor: copy; }
.move            { cursor: move; }
.no-drop         { cursor: no-drop; }
.not-allowed     { cursor: not-allowed; }
.all-scroll      { cursor: all-scroll; }
.col-resize      { cursor: col-resize; }
.row-resize      { cursor: row-resize; }
.n-resize        { cursor: n-resize; }
.e-resize        { cursor: e-resize; }
.s-resize        { cursor: s-resize; }
.w-resize        { cursor: w-resize; }
.ns-resize       { cursor: ns-resize; }
.ew-resize       { cursor: ew-resize; }
.ne-resize       { cursor: ne-resize; }
.nw-resize       { cursor: nw-resize; }
.se-resize       { cursor: se-resize; }
.sw-resize       { cursor: sw-resize; }
.nesw-resize     { cursor: nesw-resize; }
.nwse-resize     { cursor: nwse-resize; }

You can also have the cursor be an image:

.img-cur {
   cursor: url(images/cursor.png), auto;
}

Solution 7

I think it would be smart to only show the hand/pointer cursor when JavaScript is available. So people will not have the feeling they can click on something that is not clickable.

To achieve that you could use the JavaScript libary jQuery to add the CSS to the element like so

$("li").css({"cursor":"pointer"});

Or chain it directly to the click handler.

Or when modernizer in combination with <html class="no-js"> is used, the CSS would look like this:

.js li { cursor: pointer; }

Solution 8

li:hover {cursor: hand; cursor: pointer;}

Solution 9

Just for completeness:

cursor: -webkit-grab;

It also gives a hand, the one you know when moving the view of an image around.

It is quite useful if you want to emulate grab behavior using jQuery and mousedown.

Solution 10

For complete cross browser, use:

cursor: pointer;
cursor: hand;

Solution 11

For being able to make anything get the "mousechange" treatment, you can add a CSS class:

.mousechange:hover {
  cursor: pointer;
}
<span class="mousechange">Some text here</span>

I would not say to use cursor:hand since it was only valid for Internet Explorer 5.5 and below, and Internet Explorer 6 came with Windows XP (2002). People will only get the hint to upgrade when their browser stops working for them. Additionally, in Visual Studio, it will red underline that entry. It tells me:

Validation (CSS 3.0): "hand" is not a valid value for the "cursor" property

Solution 12

Simply just do something like this:

li { 
  cursor: pointer;
}

I apply it on your code to see how it works:

li {
  cursor: pointer;
}
<ul>
  <li>foo</li>
  <li>goo</li>
</ul>

Note: Also DO not forget you can have any hand cursor with customised cursor, you can create fav hand icon like this one for example:

div {
  display: block;
  width: 400px;
  height: 400px;
  background: red;
  cursor: url(http://findicons.com/files/icons/1840/free_style/128/hand.png) 4 12, auto;
}
<div>
</div>

Solution 13

You can change it either on hover or just specify cursor:pointer on list item, both will work.

ul li {
  cursor: pointer;
}

Alternatively

ul li:hover {
  cursor: pointer;
}

Solution 14

ul li:hover{
   cursor: pointer;
}

Solution 15

All of the other responses suggest using the standard CSS pointer, however, there are two methods:

  1. Apply the CSS property cursor:pointer; to the elements. (This is the default style when a cursor hovers over a button.)

  2. Apply the CSS property cursor:url(pointer.png); using a custom graphic for your pointer. This may be more desirable if you want to ensure that the user experience is identical on all platforms (instead of allowing the browser/OS decide what your pointer cursor should look like). Note that fallback options may be added in case the image is not found, including secondary urls or any of the other options i.e. cursor:url(pointer.png,fallback.png,pointer);

Of course these may be applied to the list items in this manner li{cursor:pointer;}, as a class .class{cursor:pointer;}, or as a value for the style attribute of each element style="cursor:pointer;".

Solution 16

Use:

ul li:hover{
   cursor: pointer;
}

For more mouse events, check CSS cursor property.

Solution 17

Simply put this code.

li{cursor: pointer;}

Solution 18

You can use one of the following:

li:hover
{
 cursor: pointer;
}

or

li
{
 cursor: pointer;
}

Working example 1:

    li:hover
    {
     cursor: pointer;
    }
<ul>
  <li>foo</li>
  <li>bar</li>
</ul>

Working example 2:

    li
    {
     cursor: pointer;
    }
<ul>
  <li>foo</li>
  <li>bar</li>
</ul>

Solution 19

For a basic hand symbol:

Try

cursor: pointer 

If you want a hand symbol like drag some item and drop it, try:

cursor: grab

Solution 20

Using an HTML Hack

Note: this is not recommended as it is considered bad practice

Wrapping the content in an anchor tag containing an href attribute will work without explicitly applying the cursor: pointer; property with the side effect of anchor properties (amended with CSS):

<a href="#" style="text-decoration: initial; color: initial;"><div>This is bad practice, but it works.</div></a>

Solution 21

You can use the code below:

li:hover { cursor: pointer; }

Solution 22

You can also use the following style:

li {
    cursor: grabbing;
}

Solution 23

Check the following. I get it from W3Schools.

.alias { cursor: alias; }
.all-scroll { cursor: all-scroll; }
.auto { cursor: auto; }
.cell { cursor: cell; }
.context-menu { cursor: context-menu; }
.col-resize { cursor: col-resize; }
.copy { cursor: copy; }
.crosshair { cursor: crosshair; }
.default { cursor: default; }
.e-resize { cursor: e-resize; }
.ew-resize { cursor: ew-resize; }
.grab {
  cursor: -webkit-grab;
  cursor: grab;
}
.grabbing {
  cursor: -webkit-grabbing;
  cursor: grabbing;
}
.help { cursor: help; }
.move { cursor: move; }
.n-resize { cursor: n-resize; }
.ne-resize { cursor: ne-resize; }
.nesw-resize { cursor: nesw-resize; }
.ns-resize { cursor: ns-resize; }
.nw-resize { cursor: nw-resize; }
.nwse-resize { cursor: nwse-resize; }
.no-drop { cursor: no-drop; }
.none { cursor: none; }
.not-allowed { cursor: not-allowed; }
.pointer { cursor: pointer; }
.progress { cursor: progress; }
.row-resize { cursor: row-resize; }
.s-resize { cursor: s-resize; }
.se-resize { cursor: se-resize; }
.sw-resize { cursor: sw-resize; }
.text { cursor: text; }
.url { cursor: url(myBall.cur), auto; }
.w-resize { cursor: w-resize; }
.wait { cursor: wait; }
.zoom-in { cursor: zoom-in; }
.zoom-out { cursor: zoom-out; }
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<body>
  <h1>The cursor property</h1>
  <p>Mouse over the words to change the mouse cursor.</p>
  <p class="alias">alias</p>
  <p class="all-scroll">all-scroll</p>
  <p class="auto">auto</p>
  <p class="cell">cell</p>
  <p class="context-menu">context-menu</p>
  <p class="col-resize">col-resize</p>
  <p class="copy">copy</p>
  <p class="crosshair">crosshair</p>
  <p class="default">default</p>
  <p class="e-resize">e-resize</p>
  <p class="ew-resize">ew-resize</p>
  <p class="grab">grab</p>
  <p class="grabbing">grabbing</p>
  <p class="help">help</p>
  <p class="move">move</p>
  <p class="n-resize">n-resize</p>
  <p class="ne-resize">ne-resize</p>
  <p class="nesw-resize">nesw-resize</p>
  <p class="ns-resize">ns-resize</p>
  <p class="nw-resize">nw-resize</p>
  <p class="nwse-resize">nwse-resize</p>
  <p class="no-drop">no-drop</p>
  <p class="none">none</p>
  <p class="not-allowed">not-allowed</p>
  <p class="pointer">pointer</p>
  <p class="progress">progress</p>
  <p class="row-resize">row-resize</p>
  <p class="s-resize">s-resize</p>
  <p class="se-resize">se-resize</p>
  <p class="sw-resize">sw-resize</p>
  <p class="text">text</p>
  <p class="url">url</p>
  <p class="w-resize">w-resize</p>
  <p class="wait">wait</p>
  <p class="zoom-in">zoom-in</p>
  <p class="zoom-out">zoom-out</p>
</body>

</html>

Solution 24

just using CSS to set customize the cursor pointer


/* Keyword value */
cursor: pointer;
cursor: auto;

/* URL, with a keyword fallback */
cursor: url(hand.cur), pointer;

/* URL and coordinates, with a keyword fallback */
cursor: url(cursor1.png) 4 12, auto;
cursor: url(cursor2.png) 2 2, pointer;

/* Global values */
cursor: inherit;
cursor: initial;
cursor: unset;

/* 2 URLs and coordinates, with a keyword fallback */

cursor: url(one.svg) 2 2, url(two.svg) 5 5, progress;

demo

Note: cursor support for many format icons!

such as .cur, .png, .svg, .jpeg, .webp, and so on

li:hover{
  cursor: url("https://cdn.xgqfrms.xyz/cursor/mouse.cur"), pointer;
  color: #0f0;
  background: #000;
}


/*

li:hover{
  cursor: url("../icons/hand.cur"), pointer;
}

*/

li{
  height: 30px;
  width: 100px;
  background: #ccc;
  color: #fff;
  margin: 10px;
  text-align: center;
  list-style: none;
}
<ul>
  <li>a</li>
  <li>b</li>
  <li>c</li>
</ul>

refs

https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/cursor

Solution 25

<style>
.para{
    color: black;
}
.para:hover{
    cursor: pointer;
    color: blue;
}
</style>
<div class="para">

In the above HTML code [:hover] is used to indicate that the following style must be applied only on hovering or keeping the mouse cursor on it.

There are several types of cursors available in CSS:

View the below code for types of cursor:

<style>
.alias {cursor: alias;}
.all-scroll {cursor: all-scroll;}
.auto {cursor: auto;}
.cell {cursor: cell;}
.context-menu {cursor: context-menu;}
.col-resize {cursor: col-resize;}
.copy {cursor: copy;}
.crosshair {cursor: crosshair;}
.default {cursor: default;}
.e-resize {cursor: e-resize;}
.ew-resize {cursor: ew-resize;}
.grab {cursor: -webkit-grab; cursor: grab;}
.grabbing {cursor: -webkit-grabbing; cursor: grabbing;}
.help {cursor: help;}
.move {cursor: move;}
.n-resize {cursor: n-resize;}
.ne-resize {cursor: ne-resize;}
.nesw-resize {cursor: nesw-resize;}
.ns-resize {cursor: ns-resize;}
.nw-resize {cursor: nw-resize;}
.nwse-resize {cursor: nwse-resize;}
.no-drop {cursor: no-drop;}
.none {cursor: none;}
.not-allowed {cursor: not-allowed;}
.pointer {cursor: pointer;}
.progress {cursor: progress;}
.row-resize {cursor: row-resize;}
.s-resize {cursor: s-resize;}
.se-resize {cursor: se-resize;}
.sw-resize {cursor: sw-resize;}
.text {cursor: text;}
.url {cursor: url(myBall.cur),auto;}
.w-resize {cursor: w-resize;}
.wait {cursor: wait;}
.zoom-in {cursor: zoom-in;}
.zoom-out {cursor: zoom-out;}
</style>

Click the below link for viewing how the cursor property acts:

https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/tryit.asp?filename=trycss_cursor