How to make small crosshair in CS:S

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In this article, you will find detailed instructions on how to make a small crosshair in CS:S. But we will not limit ourselves to this issue, and we will analyze all the features of the crosshair settings in Counter Strike: Source. Most players agree that with a small crosshair it is more convenient to aim at opponents and deliver headshots, however, a crosshair that is too small can be unobtrusive and blend in with the surroundings. Therefore, we recommend that you learn how to independently adjust your crosshair to your taste and color.

How to make your crosshair smaller in CS:S v34

Open the console and type the following command there:

cl_crosshairscale 5000

This is a popular console command for the small crosshair. The principle of its work: the higher value - the smaller the crosshair.

Crosshair sizes in CS:S v34

cl_crosshairscale 500
cl_crosshairscale 500
cl_crosshairscale 1000
cl_crosshairscale 1000
cl_crosshairscale 1500
cl_crosshairscale 1500
cl_crosshairscale 2000
cl_crosshairscale 2000
cl_crosshairscale 3500
cl_crosshairscale 3500

How to make your crosshair smaller in CS:S v92+

In the newer CS: Source versions (Steam, Non-Steam) the crosshair size command has been changed to cl_crosshairsize. A little crosshair is done like this:

cl_crosshairsize 2

The logic behind this command: the smaller the value, the smaller the crosshair.

Crosshair examples in CSS v92

cl_crosshairsize 1 (small crosshair)
cl_crosshairsize 1
cl_crosshairsize 5 (medium crosshair)
cl_crosshairsize 5
cl_crosshairsize 10 (large crosshair)
cl_crosshairsize 10

Crosshair size settings in CSS v92+

In addition to cl_crosshairsize, newer CS:S versions have a few more commands for finer adjustment of crosshair size. Let's start with cl_crosshairthickness.

  • cl_crosshairthickness "value" - the thickness of crosshair lines (higher value - thicker crosshair).


  • cl_crosshairthickness -2 - thin crosshair;
  • cl_crosshairthickness 0.5- default thickness;
  • cl_crosshairthickness 2 - thick crosshair;

Let's move on to the next console command - cl_crosshairspreadscale.

  • cl_crosshairspreadscale "value" - the size of the crosshair gap (also depends on the current weapon in the hands).


  • cl_crosshairspreadscale 0.2 - small crosshair gap;
  • cl_crosshairspreadscale 0 - cross-shaped crosshair, same on all weapons.

In general, I recommend choosing a value from 0 to 1 (it makes no sense to set more than one, since it will be difficult to aim).

For clarity, I upload a picture that shows all the above commands for setting up the crosshair in the newer versions of CSS:

Crosshair settings in CS:S Steam

Changing crosshair through game settings

In the latest versions of Counter Strike: Source (licensed/pirated), the developers took care of us by adding absolutely all crosshair configurations to the settings. This will please players who do not want to bother with console commands, because now you can very easily change any parameters of the crosshair, from appearance to size. For this you need:

  1. Select "Options" in the main menu;
  2. Select the "Multiplayer" tab;

Change crosshair through settings

The tab that opens is conditionally divided into two parts: the left one is responsible for the size and functionality of the crosshair, and the right one is for the color.

Crosshair settings (Multiplayer tab)

Static/Dynamic crosshair

What is the benefit of a dynamic crosshair? It helps beginners understand the recoil of the weapon and the dynamics of shooting (lower accuracy while running, better while crouching). That is, the automatic expansion / narrowing of the crosshair tells you at what point you can achieve maximum accuracy.

For most players, and especially experienced ones, the constant change in the size of the crosshair can interfere, so when setting up their config, they often wonder how to make a static crosshair in CS:S. This is done with the following command:

cl_dynamiccrosshair 0

Now your crosshair will not move/expand. If you want to return the dynamics - type cl_dynamiccrosshair 1.

That's all! You have learned how to adjust crosshair size in Counter Strike: Source v34 and above. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below the post!

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  1. avatar
    Mukbang   22:59, 05/16/2023
    How to disable size increase when switching weapons? With AK the size is right, when I switch to pistol or colt with silencer the scope decreases the gap