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I can't stand how the cursor for the brush tool is an actual brush in Illustrator. It makes it really difficult to see where I am going with the brush. Is there a way to change it so that the cursor is a circle that shows you exactly where you're about to brush?

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Yes, open Edit → Preferences → General (Ctrl+K)

And turn on "Use Precise Cursors"
Use Precise Cursors
This will change your tool tip to cross-hairs:

crosshair tooltip
GIF

(This applies for all of the tools.)


Also, to quickly toggle it on/off just hit Caps Lock

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