How to Change your Mouse Pointers in Windows 10
InformationA 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.
NoteWindows 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.
OPTION ONETo 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.
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)
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.
A) When finished customizing your pointers, click/tap on Save As under Scheme. (see screenshot below)
B) Type a name (ex: "My pointers") you want to save the scheme as, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
C) Go to step 7 below.
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)
B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
C) Go to step 7 below.
7. When finished, click/tap on OK to apply and close Mouse Properties.
OPTION TWOTo 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)
4. Do step 5 or step 6 below for what you would like to do.
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)
leave blank for None Magnified Windows Black (extra large) Windows Black (large) Windows Black Windows Default (extra large) Windows Default (large) Windows Default Windows Inverted (extra large) Windows Inverted (large) Windows Inverted Windows Standard (extra large) Windows Standard (large)
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)
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 Diagonal Resize 1 SizeNWSE Diagonal Resize 2 SizeNESW Move SizeAll 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.
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Thank you Shawn!
I've added a link to this one on my Custom Cursors thread.