How do I change my Windows mouse cursor?

Mouse pointerThis document contains steps on how to change the appearance of one or more of the various mouse cursors in Microsoft Windows. It should be noted that some programs use their own mouse cursors and changing the Windows cursors does not always affect those used in third-party software. To proceed, choose one of the links below and follow the instructions.

Change single mouse cursor
Changing multiple mouse cursors
Helpful tips

Change single mouse cursor

  1. Push the Windows Key and type Change how the mouse pointer looks into the Windows search box and press Enter.
    • In Windows 8, typing anywhere on the Start Screen brings up the search box automatically.
  2. In the Mouse Properties window that appears, click the Pointers tab.
  3. On the Pointers tab (shown below), select the mouse cursor you want to change in the Customize section, then click Browse.

Windows mouse properties

  1. Clicking the Browse button brings up a list of every cursor installed on your hard drive.

Mouse cursor select screen

  1. After selecting a replacement mouse cursor, you should see it change in the Mouse Properties window.

Newly selected mouse cursor

  1. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

Changing multiple mouse cursors

  1. Push the Windows Key and type Change how the mouse pointer looks into the Windows search box and press Enter.
    • In Windows 8, typing anywhere on the Start Screen brings up the search box automatically.
  2. In the Mouse Properties window that appears, click the Pointers tab.
  3. On the Pointers tab (shown below), click the down arrow on the box under Scheme and select another cursor scheme.

Windows mouse properties

  1. Once a new scheme has been chosen, you can preview how it affects each of the various mouse pointers by scrolling through the Customize window.
  2. Once you are satisfied with your new selection, click Apply and then OK.

Helpful tips

Tip: On the Pointer Options tab of the Mouse Properties window, you can add or adjust features for your mouse cursor, including cursor trails and the speed at which the mouse cursor moves around the screen.

Tip: If you individually change each cursor or modify a scheme with new cursors, we suggest saving your settings as a new scheme.

Tip: A mouse cursor can be a basic image or an animated one. To use an animated mouse cursor, you need to download the file for the animated cursor and add it to the Cursors folder on your computer (usually located in your C:\Windows folder). Once the new file has been added, follow the steps in the first section to change a single mouse cursor.

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