Are you fed up with the default white cursor in Windows? Most people customize their computer wallpaper, sound, and other elements, but rarely think about changing the cursor.
Fortunately, it’s easy to change the appearance of your cursor. Let’s take a look at how to use a custom cursor in Windows.
Where to Find Custom Mouse Pointers
To change your Windows cursor, you will first need a new cursor set. The easiest way to add a custom cursor to Windows is to download a ready-made package. You’ll find lots of great free cursor options online with a little search.
One of our favorite cursor packs is Oxygen Cursors, created by LAvalon at DeviantArt. It includes a glass-looking cursor in 37 different color schemes, meaning you’re sure to find a color setting you like. In addition to a clean look, they’re also easy to install, making them a great choice if you’re new to customizing your cursor.
Mouse Cursor Package Example
While we can’t list all the available cursor options, here’s an example from DeviantArt that most people will find interesting. Note that you must have a free DeviantArt account to download this:
- Capitaine cursors by krourke: A cursor scheme inspired by macOS, with a clean dark look and a few alternative icons for loading and other symbols.
- Entis Cursors by zhorak: A set of bold cursors, which is perfect if you frequently lose track of your cursor.
- Wii Cursors by allewun: If you’re longing for pointers from the Nintendo Wii, this pack lets you bring them back to life on PC.
How to Install a Custom Cursor Pack
Because they contain many files, most cursor packages download in an archived format, such as ZIP or RAR. To continue, you need to extract the contents of the folder so you can use it.
If you don’t have it already, install it 7-Zip, one of our favorite file extraction tool, to disassemble this. Just right click on the downloaded folder and select 7-Zip > Extract to [nama arsip] and the software will create a new folder with the archive content.
Depending on your cursor pack, there may be several folders in it for different themes, so go to the folder that interests you the most. In it, you will see several files ending in CUR and ANI. The CUR file is a static cursor, while the ANI file format is an animated cursor file.
Most cursor packages will also have an INF file, usually install.inf or [nama kursor].inf. This is an easy installation file that you can use to add a custom cursor to your system.
Right click on the INF file and select Install. Windows will display a UAC prompt; once you receive it, the process only takes a few moments.
(If your cursor package doesn’t include an INF file, see the section below on how to change your mouse cursor manually.)
Repeat this step for any other cursor packages you want to install. Now that you’ve added the package to Windows, you’ll need to apply the cursor set you want to use.
How to Change Your Cursor in Windows
Even on Windows 10, you have to open the Control Panel to change the mouse cursor. Type control panel into the Start menu to launch it. If the display options at the top right say Category, change to Small icons and select Mouse.
This opens a new dialog box with several options for customizing mouse behavior. Switch to tab Pointers to change the appearance of your mouse cursor. There, click the dropdown box below Scheme to show all your installed cursor sets. If you’re having trouble see How to Fix Mouse Problems in Windows 10.
Everything you previously installed using the INF file will appear here. Select a cursor pack to preview the icons; You’ll see what each one looks like on the box Customize. choose Apply to try the pointer for yourself and OK after you are done.
That’s all it takes to use the new cursor. When you want to change to another theme or return to the default, return to this menu and select your new cursor. You’ll also find a few other Windows default cursors here, although they’re not very interesting.
How to Change Mouse Cursor Manually
If you download a cursor pack that doesn’t include an INF file or want to create your own mouse cursor scheme by combining multiple cursor icons, you can add them manually. It’s less convenient than INF installation, but still easy.
First, navigate to the section Mouse on the Control Panel using the instructions above. Select any scheme from the top dropdown box to use as a base; (None) just fine.
Next, you have to go through each option in the box Customize and set the cursor manually. To do this, select an entry and press the button Browse. Navigate to the folder where you unpacked your cursor earlier and select the appropriate CUR or ANI file for that entry.
Remember that ANI files have some sort of animation. Also, while some packages use filenames that clarify the purpose of each icon (such as “normal”, “help”, “busy”, etc.), others are less clear-cut. Feel free to set the cursor based on what you think is best.
Repeat this for each entry in the box Customize until you have the full set of cursors (most have 15 cursors). Once this is done, click the button Save As and name your new schema. This will add it as an option in the dropdown box so you can easily switch to it in the future.
If you want to get rid of a schema, take it from the list and select it Delete.
How to Make Your Own Mouse Cursor
Want to try making your own cursor? You will find several tools available that will allow you to create a cursor and use it on your system.
For something even more awesome, check out Stardock’s CursorFX. It is available with a 30 day trial, so you have to pay $5 to buy the software.
If you are an advanced designer, you can also convert image files that you create in other tools into CUR files. Services like Convertio offers CUR conversion of PNG, JPG and other common image formats. And try AniTuner if you want to create an animated cursor image.
Security When Downloading Cursor
To keep your system safe, you should keep a few safety tips in mind when customizing your cursor.
First, only download cursors from trusted websites. INF files have the potential to harm your system because they provide Windows with a set of administrator instructions. This is why you should only install cursors from legitimate sources.
Popular resources, such as DeviantArt, shouldn’t be a problem. Beware of downloading cursors that appear from shady-looking ads or websites you’ve never heard of. Remember that the cursor is an image file, not an application. If a website asks you to run software to install your cursor, it’s dangerous.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to enable file extension viewing in Windows so you can easily see what types of files you’re downloading. To do this, open a File Explorer window and select the tab View at the top. In the Show/hide, check the box Filename extensions and Windows will show the extension type for all files.
Apart from text files readme and sample images, the only file types that the cursor pack should contain are CUR, ANI, and INF. If you download packages with EXE or MSI files, they are dangerous and you should remove them.
Now You Make Your Cursor Look Cool
You now have everything you need to customize your Windows cursor. Whether you download a ready-made package or build your own from scratch, we hope you enjoy a more personal computer with a dedicated mouse cursor.