Tired of the standard white cursor in Windows? Most users customize the background image, sounds, and other elements of the computer, but don't think about optimizing the cursor.
Fortunately, changing the look of your cursor is easy. Let's look at how to use a custom cursor in Windows.
Where to find custom mouse pointers
To change your Windows cursor, you first need a new cursor set. The easiest way to add custom cursors to Windows is to download pre-built packages. With a little search, you can find tons of great free cursor options online.
One of our most popular cursor packs is Oxygen Cursors, created by LAvalon on DeviantArt. It contains a glass-looking cursor in 37 different color schemes, so you're sure to find a color setup that you like. Not only do they look clean, they are also easy to install. This is a good choice if you are new to cursor adjustment.
Information on countless cursor options can be found in the cursor tag under DeviantArt and Open Cursor Library. There you will find all sorts of interesting options.
Example of mouse cursor packs
While we can't list all of the cursor options available, here is a selection from DeviantArt that will appeal to most people. Note that you need a free DeviantArt account to download:
- Capitaine cursor by krourke: A macOS-inspired cursor scheme with a clean, dark look and several alternative icons for loading and other symbols.
- Entis Cursors by zhorak: A fat cursor set that is perfect if you often lose track of your cursor.
- Allewun Wii cursor: If you find the pointer of the Nintendo Wii nostalgic, you can revive it with this package on your PC.
How to install custom cursor packs
Because they contain multiple files, most cursor packages are downloaded in an archived format such as ZIP or RAR. To continue, you must extract the folder contents so that you can use it.
If you don't already have it, install 7-Zip, one of our most popular file extracting tools to unzip it. Just right click on the downloaded folder and choose 7-Zip> extract to (archive name) and the software creates a new folder with the contents of the archive.
Depending on your cursor package, there may be several folders for the different topics. Therefore, open the folder you are most interested in. Inside there are several files that end in CUR and ANI. CUR files are static cursors, while ANI file formats are animated cursor files.
Most cursor packs usually also contain an INF file install.inf or (Cursor name) .inf. This is a simple installation file that allows you to add the custom cursor to your system.
Right-click the INF file and choose To install. Windows displays a UAC prompt. Once you accept it, the process only takes a moment.
(If your cursor package did not contain an INF file, see the following section on manually changing the mouse pointer.)
Repeat these steps for all other cursor packages that you want to install. After adding the packages to Windows, you need to apply the cursor set you want to use.
How to change your cursor in Windows
Even on Windows 10, you need to open the Control Panel to change the mouse pointer. Art Switchboard to the start menu to start it. When the view option says top right category, change it to Small icons and choose mouse.
Doing so opens a new dialog box with several options for customizing mouse behavior. Switch to pointer Tab to change the appearance of your mouse pointer. Click on the dropdown box under To plan to display all installed cursor sets.
Everything you previously installed with INF files should appear here. Select a cursor package to preview the symbols. You will see everyone in the To adjust Box. Choose Apply try the pointer yourself and OK when you're done.
That is all you need to use a new cursor. If you want to switch to a different topic or return to the standard, return to this menu and select your new cursor. You can also find some other standard Windows cursors here, but they are not particularly exciting.
How to change your mouse pointer manually
If you downloaded a cursor package that does not contain an INF file, or if you want to create your own mouse cursor scheme by combining several cursor symbols, you can add them manually. This is less convenient than installing INF, but still straightforward.
First navigate to mouse Control Panel section using the instructions above. In the top dropdown box, select any scheme that you want to use as a base. (None) is good.
Next, you have every option in the To adjust Box and assign a cursor manually. To do this, select an entry and press the button Search Button. Navigate to the folder where you previously unpacked your cursor and select the appropriate CUR or ANI file for this entry.
Remember that ANI files have some kind of animation. While some packages use file names that make it clear what each symbol is used for (e.g. "normal", "help", "busy", etc.), others are not as clear. You can assign cursors based on what you think is best.
Repeat for each entry in the To adjust Field until you have a full cursor set (most have 15 cursors). Once that's done, click Save as Button and give your new scheme a name. This will insert it as an option in the dropdown box so that you can easily switch to it in the future.
If you ever want to get rid of a scheme, select it from the list and choose Clear.
How to create your own mouse cursor
Would you like to try to create your own cursors? There are several tools available that you can use to create a cursor and use it on your system.
Cursor.cc is a simple site that provides you with basic tools for creating a cursor. You can even post it on the website so others can use it.
Take a look at Stardock's CursorFX for something a little stronger. It is available with a 30-day trial. Then you have to pay $ 5 to buy the software.
If you are an advanced designer, you can also convert an image file that you created in another tool to a CUR file. Services such as Convertio offer CUR conversion from PNG, JPG and other popular image formats. Try AniTuner if you want to create animated cursor images.
Security when downloading cursors
To ensure the security of your system, there are a few security tips to keep in mind when adjusting the cursor.
First, only download cursors from trusted websites. An INF file can potentially damage your system because Windows contains a number of administrative instructions. For this reason, you should only install cursors from legitimate sources.
Popular resources like DeviantArt shouldn't be a problem. Watch for cursor downloads that appear from ads or shady-looking websites you've never heard of. Remember that cursors are image files, not applications. If a website prompts you to run software to install your cursors, it is malicious.
If you haven't done so already, you should turn on file extension display in Windows so that you can easily see what types of files you've downloaded. To do this, open a file explorer window and select the view Tab above. By doing Hide Show Check the section Filename extensions Box and Windows show extension types for all files.
Apart from Read me Text files and image examples: The only file types that a cursor package should contain are CUR, ANI and INF. Downloading a package with an EXE or MSI file is dangerous and you should delete it.
Now you have made your cursor look cool
You now have everything you need to customize your Windows cursor. Whether you're downloading a finished package or building your own from scratch, we hope you enjoy a more personalized computer with a custom mouse pointer.
After you've tweaked your mouse, consider other ways to change the look of your Windows desktop
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