hand cursor alternates

After the hugely successful Hand & Arrow Cursors post that went viral a few weeks ago thanks to swissmiss and Michael Surtees, I decided to follow up with a iconographic exercise with the OS X ‘Mickey Mouse glove’ hand cursor.

hand cursor alternates

There’s 9 12 versions of the hand:

  1. standard OS X, roll-over-link hand
  2. thumbs up
  3. thumbs down
  4. fist (or ‘grab’ state)
  5. the finger (you know which one)
  6. The ‘hang-ten’, or alternately – the I-hold-my-drink-like-a-nancy hand
  7. the rock-n-roll hand
  8. the spidey-web-spinning-hand (swappable with the rock-n-roll hand)
  9. the talk-to-the-hand hand, or stop-right-there hand
  10. A-OK
  11. Fingers crossed
  12. peace sign download them all here as a PSD.

UPDATE: I’ve added a fourth row of additional icons.

I’ve gotten a few requests already for the *shocker version. I’d like to keep this post PG-rated. I think there’s enough reference material to make your own versions. 🙂

hand cursor alternates


Web Design


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Hand & Arrow Icons


I’ve done Google Image searches numerous times for hand and arrow cursor icons (and I haven’t ever saved them permanently to my ‘design_resources’ folder years ago when I should have).

Sometimes it’s easier to just do certain things yourself. So I’ve rolled my own icons.

You can download them here:

arrow icon - white

arrow icon - black

hand icon

cursors_arrow_and_hand.psd.zip (all 3 icons on separate layers, PS CS3)

It’s not rocket science to make these icons, but if I’m helping just one frustrated web designer out there, this post was worth it.

*a little trivia for ya, or maybe not – OS X has a black arrow cursor, and Windows has a white arrow cursor. The hand, or link rollover icon above, is an OS X version. My friend and I refer to it as the ‘Mickey Mouse glove’. UPDATE 31.08.2009 – due to the popularity of this post over the last year, I’ve created a new set of hand cursor icon alternates you can grab here.