Change Your Pointer

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated September 2, 2019)

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By default, Windows 10 uses a default pointer size and color. For most users, these default settings work fine. For others, these settings don't work so well. Whether it's that the pointer size is too small or that the white pointer against lighter colors is hard to see, it's helpful to customize the pointer. Within Windows 10, you can change the pointer size or color quickly and easily.

To change either of these mouse pointer options, simply follow these quick steps:

  1. 1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Cursor & Pointer," then press Enter. Windows displays the Cursor & Pointer section of the System settings of the Settings dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Cursor & Pointer section of the Settings dialog box.

  3. Under the Change Pointer Size and Color section, click and drag the slider for the pointer size you want. Windows resizes the pointer when you release the mouse button. The pointer is now able be much larger than in previous versions of Windows.
  4. Under the slider, click on one of the four color options. The mouse cursor changes as soon as you click on a color.
  5. If you want to change the mouse pointer to a different color such as green, click on the fourth option to the right. This modifies the window to show seven color options. Choosing one of these immediately changes the pointer color. (See Figure 2.)
  6. Figure 2. The color options of the Cursor & Pointer section of the Settings dialog box.

  7. Once you have the pointer set to the format you want, close the Settings dialog box.

If you had a hard time with the default cursor settings, or you simply grew tired of the small white pointer, you now know how to change it to a style you prefer.

 This tip (13670) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

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What is five more than 5?

2019-09-02 18:26:20

Hawkmeister

As a 'lefty' periodically I get frustrated that the pointer doesn't point where I want to select. 99% of the time it's not a problem.

I have found instructions on how to switch the pointer arrow. It will work until the next Windoze Fupdate fouls it up, and changes it to point the previous way. (And probably change my default browser back to Edge... Grrr)

On opening this suggestion, I was hoping for a bit more depth in the content. Oh well...


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