Tired of the default white cursor in Windows? Most people customize wallpapers, sounds, and other elements, but don’t think they adjust the cursor.
Fortunately, the appearance of the cursor is easy to change. Let’s see how you can use a custom cursor in Windows.
Where to find custom mouse pointers
To change the Windows pointer, you first need a new set of cursors. The easiest way to add custom cursors to Windows is to download ready-made packages. You can find tons of great free cursor options online with a little search.
One of our favorite cursor packs is Happikohdistimet, created by LAvalo on DeviantArt. It includes a glass-like cursor in 37 different color schemes, which means you’re sure you’ll find the color setting you want. In addition to a clean look, they are also easy to install, so it’s a great choice if you’re new to cursor customization.
Sample of mouse cursor kits
While we can’t list all the available cursor options, here’s a DeviantArt snapshot that appeals to most people. Note that you need a free DeviantArt account to download these:
- Capurin cursors: A MacOS-inspired cursor system with a clean dark look and several alternative icons for loading and other symbols.
- Former cursors written by zhorak: A bold cursor set that is perfect if you frequently lose the cursor mark.
- Wii cursors allewunA: If you are nostalgic for the Nintendo Wii Pointer, this package will help you revive it on your computer.
How to install custom cursor packages
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 contents of the folder in order to use it.
Install if you don’t already have it 7-Zip, One favorite file removal tools, pack these. Right-click the downloaded folder and select 7-zipper> Extract [archive name] and the software creates a new folder with the contents of the archive.
Depending on the pointer’s packaging, different themes may have multiple folders, so open the most interesting one. Inside, you will see several files ending in CUR and ANI files. CUR files are static cursors, while ANI file formats are animated alignment files.
Most cursor packages also typically have an INF file install.inf or [cursor name]inf. This is an easy installation file that allows you to add a custom cursor to your system.
Right-click the INF file and select Install. Windows displays a UAC prompt; Once you have approved it, the process will only take a moment.
(If your cursor package did not have an INF file, see the section below on manually changing your mouse pointer.)
Repeat these steps for all other cursor packages that you want to install. Now that you’ve added the packages to Windows, you’ll need to use the set of cursors you want to use.
How to change the pointer in Windows
Even in Windows 10, you need to open the Control Panel to change the mouse pointers. Type control panel To the Start menu to open it. If the view in the upper right corner says Category, change it to Small icons and select Mouse.
This will open a new dialog with several options for customizing mouse behavior. Switch to references tab to change the appearance of the mouse pointer. Click the drop-down box there program shows all installed cursor sets.
Anyone you have previously installed with INFs should appear here. Select a cursor package to preview its icons; you can see what each one looks like Edit box. Care about Use the try pointing at yourself and okay when you’re ready.
It’s all about using a new pointer. To switch to another theme or return to the default, return to this menu and select a new cursor. You’ll also find a few other default Windows pointers here, though they’re not particularly exciting.
How to change the mouse cursor manually
If you have downloaded a cursor package that does not contain an INF file, or want to create your own mouse cursor system by combining multiple cursor icons, you can add them manually. This is not as convenient as INF installation, but it is still simple.
Go to first Mouse in the control panel section using the instructions above. Select any template from the top drop-down box to use as a basis; (Nothing) is fine.
Next, you need to go through each option Edit box and set the cursor manually. To do this, select the entry and click Browse button. Navigate to the folder where you previously squeezed the cursors and select the appropriate CUR or ANI file for that entry.
Remember that there is some kind of animation in ANI files. While some packages use filenames that make clear the purpose of each icon (such as “normal,” “help,” “busy,” etc.), others are less clear. Feel free to show the pointers based on what you think is best.
Repeat this for everyone Edit box until you have set the full cursor (most have 15 cursors). When this is done, click save as button and give the new system a name. This adds it as an option in the drop-down box so you can easily switch to it in the future.
If you ever want to get rid of the system, select it from the list and click Remove.
How to create your own mouse cursors
Want to try your hand at creating your own cursors? You will find several tools to help you make a cursor and use it on your system.
Cursor.cc is a simple site that gives you the basic tools for creating a cursor. You can even publish it on a website for others to use.
Look at something more powerful Stardock CursorFX. It’s available as a 30-day trial, you have to pay $ 5 to buy the software.
If you are an advanced designer, it is also possible to convert an image file created with another tool to a CUR file. Services such as convertion provide CUR conversion from PNG, JPG, and other common image formats. And try AniTuner to create animated cursor images.
Security when loading cursors
To keep your system secure, you need to keep a few security tips in mind when customizing your cursor.
First, download only pointers from trusted websites. The INF file can damage your system because it gives Windows administrator instructions. Therefore, you should only install cursors from legitimate sources.
Popular resources like DeviantArt should not cause any problems. Watch out for cursor downloads that appear on ads or on shady-looking websites you’ve never heard of. Remember that pointers are image files, not applications. If a website asks you to use software to install cursors, it is malware.
If you haven’t already, you should turn on the file extension display in Windows so you can easily see what kind of files you’ve downloaded. To do this, open the File Explorer window and click view tab at the top. year Show hide section, check file extensions box and Windows will show the extension types for all files.
Except for readme text files and images, the only file types that the cursor package should contain are CUR, ANI, and INF. If you download a package that contains an EXE or MSI file, it is dangerous and you should delete it.
Now you’ve made the cursor look great
You now have everything you need to customize your Windows pointer. Then download the finished package or create your own from scratch, we hope you enjoy a more personal computer with a custom mouse cursor.
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