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.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel double-click the Mouse icon.
  3. In the Mouse Properties click the Pointers tab.
  4. In Pointers click the down arrow on the Scheme and select another cursor scheme you want to use.

In addition to changing the scheme you can individually change each cursor by double-clicking each of the cursors and selecting the new cursor you want to use. If you individually change each cursor or modify a scheme with new cursors we suggest saving the scheme as a new scheme.

Additional information

  • See our mouse pointer definition for further information and related links on this term.