The pointer CSS media feature tests whether the user has a pointing device (such as a mouse), and if so, how accurate the primary pointing device is.

Note: If you want to test the accuracy of any pointing device, use any-pointer instead.


The pointer feature is specified as a keyword value chosen from the list below.

The primary input mechanism does not include a pointing device.
The primary input mechanism includes a pointing device of limited accuracy.
The primary input mechanism includes an accurate pointing device.


This example creates a small checkbox for users with fine primary pointers and a large checkbox for users with coarse primary pointers.


<input id="test" type="checkbox" />
<label for="test">Look at me!</label>


input[type="checkbox"] {
  -moz-appearance: none;
  -webkit-appearance: none;
  appearance: none;
  border: solid;
  margin: 0;

input[type="checkbox"]:checked {
  background: gray;

@media (pointer: fine) {
  input[type="checkbox"] {
    width: 15px;
    height: 15px;
    border-width: 1px;
    border-color: blue;

@media (pointer: coarse) {
  input[type="checkbox"] {
    width: 30px;
    height: 30px;
    border-width: 2px;
    border-color: red;



Specification Status Comment
Media Queries Level 4
The definition of 'pointer' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
pointer media featureChrome Full support 41Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 64IE No support NoOpera Full support 28Safari Full support 9WebView Android Full support 41Chrome Android Full support 50Firefox Android Full support 64Opera Android Full support 28Safari iOS Full support 9Samsung Internet Android Full support 5.0


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See also