How to Change Your Mouse Cursor Theme on Windows 10

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Windows 10 allows you to customize the mouse cursor beyond changing the color and size or make it easier to see. You can customize the pointer theme or even download and install cursor diagrams, just like you could on previous versions of Windows.

Change the default cursor scheme

Windows has some built-in cursor schemes that allow you to change the default appearance of the mouse pointer. This method changes the color (white, black or inverted) and the size (default, large or extra-large).

To start, open the Settings application by pressing Windows + I on the keyboard, then click on “Devices” from the available options.

Click “Mouse” in the left pane, scroll through the options until you see “Additional mouse options,” and then click it.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Click on the drop-down menu and select a scheme that suits you. Click “Apply” to save the changes and try the appearance you have chosen.

Click the drop-down menu to see a list of available patterns.

Windows 10 also has a built-in way to change the color and size of your mouse pointer. You can change them from the Settings application without changing any of the theme options in the Mouse Properties window.

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Create a custom cursor scheme

If you like most but not all of a schema that Windows uses, you can change the individual sliders of a schema. Each diagram has 17 cursors which apply to different actions of circumstances when you hover over things on your screen. After customizing a scheme to your liking, you can save it in the list of usable schemes.

Open the Settings application by pressing Windows + I on the keyboard, then click on “Devices” from the available options.

Click “Mouse” in the left pane, scroll through the options until you see “Additional mouse options,” and then click it.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Now, in the list of cursors under the Customize section, click on the one you want to modify, then click on “Browse”.

The file browser will open on the system folder which contains all the cursors available for each diagram. Inside the folder, you will see two types of files relating to mouse pointers; these are .cur and .ani files. The first is a static cursor image and the second is an animated cursor image. The majority of cursors are static cursors, with only a few that are actually animated (aero_busy and aero_working).

There are two types of image files for cursors: .cur and .ani.

Click the cursor you want to replace, then click “Open” when you are done.

Click on one of the files in the broswer explorer.

Repeat the process for each cursor you want to modify. When you are ready, click “Save As”, give a name to this custom preset, then click “OK” to save the pattern.

When you are done, click “Apply” to save the cursor settings to your system so you can start using them.

Download and install custom cursor theme packs

If the few choices available aren’t enough, you can download a third-party cursor theme pack to install on Windows. The sliders are easy to install and give your system a personal touch; you simply won’t have the default white or black diagrams.

Open cursor library from RealWorld Designers offers thousands of free cursor themes and is a great place to start if you want to customize Windows mouse cursors.

Since there is no official Microsoft channel for downloading cursors, you should scan everything you download with your antivirus and beware of downloading everything from unknown sources.

After downloading a cursor theme pack, unzip the content to a folder so that you can access it in the next step.

Note: A custom cursor theme pack will usually be a ZIP archive and only contains the two types of image files we mentioned earlier: .cur and .ani.

Open the Settings application by pressing Windows + I on the keyboard, then click on “Devices” from the available options.

Click “Mouse” in the left pane, scroll through the options until you see “Additional mouse options,” and then click it.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Now, in the Customize section, click on a cursor situation, then click on “Browse”.

Go to the folder containing the cursor files, click on the file with the corresponding name, then click on “Open”.

Repeat the process for each entry in the list and when finished, click “Save As”, give it a name, then click “OK” to save the custom scheme.

After changing each slider, save it as a preset in case you want to change it in the future.

Now, if you ever want to switch between themes, you can select it from the predefined schemes in the drop-down menu.

Each predefined schema is found in the drop-down list under the Schema section.

When you have finished saving the diagram, click “Apply” to start using it, and you can safely close the window or add another to the list.

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