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Buttons shouldn’t have a hand cursor

Like many people in the web community, I used to believe that the hand (or pointer) cursor signifies an element is clickable. But that’s actually not what the pointer cursor was originally intended for.

In this article I’ll explain why that is and how using the pointer cursor might be harmful to users when it’s used to signify things that are clickable.

# The hand doesn’t mean clickable

It’s no accident that browsers don’t apply the pointer cursor to buttons, and many other elements. See the screenshot below which shows a plethora of interactive elements that aren’t given the hand

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