Changing the Mouse Pointer

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 12, 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:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound link.
  3. Click the Mouse link (under the Devices and Printers heading). Windows displays the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Pointers tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Pointers tab of the Mouse Properties dialog box.

  6. Use the Scheme drop-down list to specify how you generally want the mouse pointer to look. (Pick a few different ones so you can get an idea of what pointers are in each scheme.)
  7. If desired, double-click on any of the individual cursors in the Customize list. Windows displays the Browse dialog box so you can locate and select a cursor file defining how that particular mouse pointer should look.
  8. When you are done making changes, click OK. Your changes take effect immediately.

 This tip (12646) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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