How to Change the Crosshair in CSGO

Changing crosshairs can make a huge difference to how you experience CSGO. Naturally, the default CSGO crosshair works just fine, but there are many other options available.

How to Change the Crosshair in CSGO

In this article, we’re going to teach you how to tweak the settings to up your game. If you want to change the dynamics of your gameplay, or just make little changes to the aesthetics, you have come to the right place.

How to Change the Crosshair Color in CSGO

At first, changing the color of your crosshair may seem irrelevant to your overall CSGO experience. However, don’t be fooled, as it can vastly improve your accuracy. Some people just see certain colors more clearly than others.

We’re going to show you how to set up with a choice of five different color variations. It can be a little tricky at first but follow these steps and you’ll have it in no time at all:

  1. Enter “~” to open the console.
  2. Next, you’ll need to adjust the “cl_crosshaircolor x parameter”.
  3. To change to a predefined color, simply input one of the commands below.

    cl_crosshaircolor 0 – for red.
    cl_crosshaircolor 1 – for green.
    cl_crosshaircolor 2 – for yellow.
    cl_crosshaircolor 3 – for blue.
    cl_crosshaircolor 4 – for cyan.

How to Customize the Crosshair Color in CSGO

In addition to changing the color, there is also an option to fully customize the crosshair to any color you want. It is done by combining primary colors until you get the desired result. It sounds complicated, but it really isn’t that hard. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. First up, open the console by pressing “~”.
  2. Next, type in “cl_crosshaircolor 5” to open the custom settings.
  3. Then, you will have to adjust the amount of red, blue, and green manually.
  4. Assign a value for the amount of each color you want to mix – from 0 to 255.
  5. Assign the values by putting in something like:

“cl_crosshaircolor_r66”

“cl_crosshaircolor_b180”

“cl_crosshaircolor_g34”

The above is merely an example for illustrative purposes. For white crosshairs, turn all of these values all the way up to 255. Inversely for black crosshairs, switch them all to 0.

How to Change Crosshair for Different Guns in CSGO

Customizing and binding your crosshairs to a key can be a time-consuming endeavor. Thankfully, there are ways around it that don’t involve hours of tweaking and adding to your autoexec file. By using this website here, you can test out all types of crosshair settings against a CSGO setting to see which best suits you. All you need to do is adjust the color, size, gap, outline, etc. by sliding bars.

Once you have discovered the crosshair that suits you best, you can copy and paste those settings from the site directly into your autoexec file or console. This site will also allow you to set up a system to toggle binds depending on the weapon you are carrying. Our kudos go to the developers of this site.

How to Change Crosshair Size in CSGO

If you want to alter your crosshair settings, you first need to enable your console. To do this, you will go to the “Settings menu”, then “Game parameters”, and then select “Yes” in the “Enable the developer console tab”. You will now have the freedom to make all the adjustments you want in-game. So, once you have the console enabled, here is how to change the size of your crosshair:

  1. Hit “~” to open the console.
  2. You can then adjust using the “cl_crosshairsize X” command.
  3. Enter a value for ‘x’: for example, “cl_crosshairsize 3.5”.
  4. After this, play around with the number until you find one that suits you.

When it comes to crosshair size, all players are different. Even in the professional CSGO ranks, you will see massive variations in crosshair size, dynamic, and color. We’ve suggested 3.5 as an example, but that may not work for you.

How to Change Crosshair Style in CSGO

As you probably know, there are a total of three crosshair styles to choose from in CSGO. Each has its own pros and cons, so we can’t say which is best. Our advice is to try them all out for yourself and see which works for you. In this section we’re going to show you how to change to each individual crosshair; static, dot, and dynamic.

Change Crosshair to Dot:

Changing your crosshair to a dot is simple, and there are only three commands needed. Just follow these steps:

  1. First, open your console by pressing “~”.
  2. Then, copy and paste this command to get a dot: “cl_crosshairstyle 4; cl_crosshairdot 1; cl_crosshairsize 0;”
  3. To change the size of the dot, simply enter “cl_crosshairthickness 0.5” (this will make your dot very small) and adjust the number upwards until you find the right size.

Change Crosshair to Dynamic:

In CSGO, there are a total of four dynamic crosshair settings. The first one is the default setting. For those of you who have tinkered a bit but want to revert to default, all you need to do is input “cl_crosshairstyle 0” into your console. To try out some other dynamic crosshair variants, try one of these:

  • “cl_crosshairstyle 2”
  • “cl_crosshairstyle 3”
  • “cl_crosshairstyle 5”

Change Crosshair to Static:

Last, but not least, we come to the static setting. In our opinion, this one is probably the easiest to use of them all. There are only two variants of this style to choose from. To try them out, input either one of these commands into your console:

  • “cl_crosshairstyle 1”
  • “cl_crosshairstyle 4”

If you’re determined enough, you can do a cursory test of each crosshair setting and alter it further afterward.

What Is the Best Crosshair for Headshots?

Honestly, everyone has their own preference over which crosshair is the best for headshots. However, there are a few pitfalls that most players agree on. Firstly, your crosshair should never be too large or too thick. Larger crosshairs can obscure your vision and peripheral surroundings.

Secondly, color is also important. Some colors hardly appear on CSGO maps, so keep that in mind when choosing a color. Red or purple are generally safe options. On a final note, there are plenty of pros out there who only use a simple dot crosshair. It can be really tricky to adjust to at first, but the pay-off can be well worth the hassle.

Additional FAQ

Why Should You Change Your Crosshair?

Everyone has their own way of playing when it comes to CSGO, so the default crosshair that you start out with may not be the best call for you. With pretty much infinite possibilities for crosshairs, the best thing to do is to experiment and change it up a bit. For example, there are plenty of pros who change crosshairs every time they’re going through a bad streak. Sometimes all it takes to change your fortune is to change the way you look at things (targets).

Customizing Crosshairs in CSGO

The process of customizing crosshairs in CSGO can seem extra tricky at first, but with some practice, you’ll be adjusting and tweaking settings on the fly in no time. Out of curiosity, are there are of you who play with no crosshair whatsoever? Are there any advantages to it other than making the overall feel of the game more realistic? If you are one of the very few out there brave enough to play CSGO like this, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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