How do I change my mouse cursor?

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
Mouse pointer

This page contains steps on how to change the appearance of one or more of the various mouse cursors in Microsoft Windows and Google Chrome OS. It should be noted that some programs use custom 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, relating to either Windows or Chrome OS, and follow the instructions.

Change a single mouse cursor (Windows)

  1. Push the Windows Key, type Change the mouse pointer display or speed into the Windows search box, and press Enter.
Tip

In Windows 8, typing anywhere on the Start Screen brings up the search box automatically.

  1. In the Mouse Properties window that appears, click the Pointers tab.
  2. On the Pointers tab (shown below), select the mouse cursor you want to change in the Customize section. For instance, the cursor you usually see is the Normal Select pointer, and the spinning cursor you see while your computer is working is the Busy pointer.
  3. After you've made your selection, click Browse.

Windows Mouse Properties - change single pointer

  1. Clicking the Browse button brings up a list of every cursor installed on your hard drive. Select a cursor from the list and then click Open.

Mouse cursor select screen

  1. After selecting a replacement mouse cursor, it's shown in the Mouse Properties window. In the image below, you can see that we've changed the Normal Select cursor.

Newly selected mouse cursor

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

Changing multiple mouse cursors (Windows)

  1. Push the Windows Key, type Change the mouse pointer display or speed into the Windows search box, and press Enter.
Tip

In Windows 8, typing anywhere on the Start Screen brings up the search box automatically.

  1. In the Mouse Properties window that appears, click the Pointers tab.
  2. On the Pointers tab (shown below), click the down arrow on the box under Scheme and select another cursor scheme.

Windows Mouse Properties - change multiple pointers

  1. After selecting a new scheme, 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 (Windows)

Tip

In the Mouse Properties window, on the Pointer Options tab, you can add or adjust features for your mouse cursor, including cursor trails and the mouse speed.

Tip

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

Resizing the mouse cursor (Chrome OS)

In Google Chrome OS, the size of the cursor is updated in the Settings application. Below are the steps for accessing the mouse cursor size settings.

  1. Click on the status area found on the far right side of the shelf.
  2. Select the gear icon to open the Chrome OS settings.

Chrome OS status area gear icon

  1. Unhide the Advanced drop-down menu by clicking on it.
  2. At the bottom of the Advanced drop-down, open the Accessibility menu.
  3. Select Manage accessibility features.
  4. Under Mouse and touchpad, enable the Show large mouse cursor option by clicking the toggle switch to the right.

Show large mouse cursor Chrome OS

  1. Move the Adjust cursor size slider until the mouse cursor is resized to your liking.

In this menu, you can also enable the Highlight the mouse cursor when it's moving option to display a red circle around the mouse cursor while it's moving.

Adding a third-party mouse cursor (Chrome OS)

While there's no direct control over the mouse cursor in the Chrome OS settings, the operating system allows users to add customized cursors through third-party Chrome extensions. To find a cursor you like, visit the Chrome Web Store to browse for extensions that allow you to customize your mouse. When you find one, install it using the instructions on the following page.

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