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?

1 Answer 1


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

(This applies for all of the tools.)

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

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.