Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10

    Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10

    How to Change your Mouse Pointers in Windows 10
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    How to Change your Mouse Pointers in Windows 10

    information   Information
    A mouse pointer or cursor is a graphical image on the PC monitor or other display device. The pointer echoes movements of the pointing device, commonly a mouse, touchpad, or stylus pen, signals the point where actions of the user take place.

    You can change how the mouse pointer looks to help make it easier to use in Windows.

    This tutorial will show you how to customize mouse pointers, and to select, save, and delete pointer schemes for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Windows uses .ani (animated cursor) and .cur (cursor) files for mouse pointers.

    The default mouse pointers and cursors included with Windows are located in the C:\Windows\Cursors folder.


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    Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10
    To Change Pointers in Mouse Properties

    1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Pointers tab, and do step 3, step 4, step 5, and/or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Select a Pointer Scheme

    A) In the Scheme drop down menu, select a default or saved pointer scheme you want to use, and go to step 4 or step 7 below. (see screenshots below)

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     4. To Customize Pointers

    A) Under Customize, select a pointer you want to change. (see screenshots below)

    B) Click/tap on Use Default if you want to change the pointer to use the default pointer for it.

    C) Click/tap on Browse if you would like to change the pointer to use an unblocked .ani or .cur file of your choice. Navigate to and select the .ani or .cur file, and click/tap on Open.

    E) Click/tap on Apply to make the change to see how you like it.

    F) Repeat step A if you would like to customize any other pointers.

    G) When finished customizing pointers, go to step 5 or step 7 below.

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     5. To Save a Pointer Scheme

    A) When finished customizing your pointers, click/tap on Save As under Scheme. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Type a name (ex: "My pointers") you want to save the scheme as, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Go to step 7 below.


     6. To Delete a Saved Pointer Scheme

    A) In the Scheme drop down menu, select a saved pointer scheme (ex: "My pointers") you want to delete, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below)

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    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    C) Go to step 7 below.

    7. When finished, click/tap on OK to apply and close Mouse Properties.







    Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Mouse Pointers - Change in Windows 10
    To Change Pointers in Registry Editor

    1. Type regedit in the search box (Windows+S) on your Start menu or taskbar, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors

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    4. Do step 5 or step 6 below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Select a Pointer Scheme

    A) In the right pane of Cursors, double click/tap on the (Default) string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) Type in the name of the pointer scheme in the table below you want to use, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)
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     6. To Customize Pointers

    A) In the right pane of Cursors, double click/tap on the expandable string value of the pointer you want to customize in the table below to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) Type in the full path of the unblocked .ani or .cur file you want to use for the pointer, click/tap on OK, go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    Pointer Expandable String Value
    Normal Select Arrow
    Help Select Help
    Working in Background AppStarting
    Busy Wait
    Precision Select Crosshair
    Text Select IBeam
    Handwriting NWPen
    Unavailable No
    Vertical Resize SizeNS
    Horizontal Resize SizeWE
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    Alternate Select UpArrow
    Link Select Hand

    7. When finished, close Registry Editor.

    8. Either sign out and in of Windows, or restart the computer to apply.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 808
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       2016-03-12 #1

    Thank you Shawn!
    I've added a link to this one on my Custom Cursors thread.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,412
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-03-12 #2

    Thank you Horace. I hope it'll help.
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  3. Joined : Apr 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Pro
       2016-04-15 #3

    Recently I did a nice fresh install of Windows 10 and set up the same set of custom pointers I've been using for a couple of years now. They looked great. When I restarted the scheme went back to the defaults. The "pointers" tab of mouse settings shows my saved scheme as selected but it's not active, and the "apply" button is greyed out. When I click "OK" the scheme is activated. Is there anyway to stop it from changing every time I restart? I never did that before!? Anyone have any ideas?
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,412
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2016-04-15 #4

    Hello memery,

    After you are finished making changes to your theme, save the theme to see if that may lock it to prevent it from being changed.

    Theme - Save in Windows 10
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