Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated April 1, 2019)
Most of us don't think too much about the mouse pointer, but Windows uses individual cursor files to specify the various pointers it uses. (Depending on which version of Windows you are using, there are 15 - 17 individual pointers that can be used, each reflecting a different condition such as "busy," "text select," resizing, or even "unavailable.") In addition, Windows "packages" a collection of cursor files into what is called a "scheme."
Windows allows you to specify which pointer scheme should be used and, further, to modify the individual cursor files, if desired. Just follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Pointers tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.
This tip (12646) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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