I use NetBeans, and when I activate other applications or windows then return to NetBeans, the cursor no longer changes to the text selection cursor, but instead it remains as the default mouse icon. I can solve the problem by hovering over the application toolbar, then go back to the editor area.

I have this problem in another IDE, phpstorm, it also happens occasionally in Chrome. TextMate and TextEdit do not have this problem.

Why is this happening? How can I fix it so I don't have to keep moving the cursor outside of the editor constantly?

For further explanation, please pay attention to the mouse cursor in a video I made showing the problem.


2 Answers 2


Try editing the NetBeans source code. I'm not an expert on Java GUIs, but there should be a setCursor() function you can put into onHover or something like that. Check the documentation of the GUI toolkit NetBeans uses.

(@tubedogg, Chrome doesn't use a native GUI. Although it tries its best to use the OS look, the title bar is custom, which you can't do with Apple's native GUI toolkit.)


I have had this problem in Snow Leopard with the cursor not changing from a beach ball (a frozen beach ball, not a spinning one) to a normal cursor. What I’ve done to fix this is mouseover the dock resizing point (see picture below). Hope this helps!

dockresizing point

  • I've tried, but it didnt unfortunately :(
    – s3yfullah
    Oct 21, 2011 at 14:13
  • He already has a workaround, that's to move it into the Application's toolbar. Having a workaround is not the point of the question, he wants a fix. Nov 20, 2011 at 8:41
  • @daviesgeek Your image seems to have disappeared from wherever it's hosted. Do you still have a copy you can move somewhere new?
    – Cajunluke
    Apr 5, 2012 at 18:15
  • @CajunLuke There you go!
    – daviesgeek
    Apr 5, 2012 at 18:37
  • @daviesgeek Thanks. I just happened to see it was missing and I figured you'd be around to fix it.
    – Cajunluke
    Apr 5, 2012 at 18:39

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