How do I change my Windows mouse cursor?

Below are the steps on how to change the Microsoft Windows mouse cursor. It is important to realize that some programs may use their own mouse cursors and that following the steps below only change the Windows cursors and not the cursors used in third-party programs or games.

Note: A mouse cursor can be a basic image or an animated image. 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). Then follow the steps below to change a single mouse cursor.

Change single mouse cursor

  1. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointers tab.
  2. On the Pointers tab (shown below), select the mouse cursor you want to change in the Customize section.

Windows mouse properties

  1. Click the Browse button, select the cursor you want to change to, then click the Open button.
  2. After selecting a replacement mouse cursor, click Apply and OK to save the change.

Change multiple mouse cursors at once

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, double-click the Mouse icon.
  3. In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointers tab.
  4. On the Pointers tab (shown below), click the down arrow on the Scheme and select another cursor scheme.

Windows mouse properties

  1. Once a new scheme has been selected, click Apply and then OK.

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 that the mouse cursor moves on the screen.

If you individually change each cursor or modify a scheme with new cursors, we suggest saving the scheme as a new scheme.

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