How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

A Pointer or mouse cursor is a symbol or graphical image on the PC display representing the movement of the pointing device such as a mouse or touchpad. Basically, the mouse pointer allows users to navigate Windows with a mouse or touchpad easily. Now the pointer is essential for every PC users, and it also has some customization options such as shape, size or colour.

How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

With the introduction of Windows 10, you can easily change the Pointer Scheme using Settings. If you don’t want to use the predefined Pointer scheme, you could use your own preferred pointer. So without wasting any time let’s see How to Change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10 with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide.

How to Change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Change Mouse Pointer Size and colour using Windows 10 Settings

Note: Settings app has only basic customization for the mouse pointer.

1. Press Windows Key + I to open Settings then click on Ease of Access.

go to the 'Ease of access' section from the list of options | How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

2. From the left-hand menu, click on Mouse.

3. Now, on the right-hand side window, select the appropriate Pointer size, which has three attributes: standard, large, and extra-large.

From the left hand menu select Mouse then choose the appropriate Pointer size and Pointer color

4. Next, below Pointer size, you will see Pointer colour. Choose the appropriate Pointer colour, which also has these three attributes: white, black, and high contrast.

5. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 2: Change Mouse Pointers via Mouse Properties

1. Press Windows Key + S to open search then type control and click on Control Panel.

control pannel

2. Next, click on Hardware and Sound & then click Mouse under Devices and Printers.

click Mouse under devices and printers

3. Under Mouse Properties window switch to Pointers tab.

4. Now, under Scheme drop-down, select any one of the installed cursor themes.

Now under Scheme drop-down, select any one of the installed cursor themes

5. Under the Pointer tab, you will find Customize, using which you can customize individual cursors.

6. So select the desired cursor from the list, for example, “Normal Select” and then click Browse.

So select the desired cursor from the list and then click Browse | How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

7. Choose the cursor according to your preferences from the list and then click Open.

Choose the cursor according to your preferences from the list and then click Open

Note: You can choose an animated cursor (*.ani file) or a static cursor image (*.cur file).

8. Once you are done with the changes, you could save this cursor scheme for future use. Just click the Save As button below Scheme drop-down.

9. Name the scheme something like custom_cursor (just an example you can name the scheme anything) and click OK.

Click Save as then name this cursor scheme anything you like and click OK

10. Click Apply, followed by OK.

11. Reboot your PC to save changes, and you have successfully learned How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10.

12. If you need to reset it to default in the future, open Mouse Properties then click Use Default below the customize settings.

Method 3: Install third-party Mouse Pointers

1. Download Mouse Pointers from a safe & trusted source, as they can be a malicious download.

2. Extract the downloaded pointer files to C:\Windows\Pointers or C:\Windows\Cursors.

Extract the downloaded pointer files to Cursors folder inside Windows

Note: The pointer file will be either an animated cursor file (*.ani file) or a static cursor image file (*.cur file).

3. From the above method, follow the steps from 1 to 3 to open Mouse Properties.

4. Now in the Pointers tab, select the Normal Select under Customize, then click Browse.

So select the desired cursor from the list and then click Browse

5. Select your custom pointer from the list and click Open.

Choose the cursor according to your preferences from the list and then click Open

6. Click Apply, followed by OK.

7. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Change Mouse Pointers via Registry

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit | How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors

3. To select a Pointer Scheme, make sure you select Cursors then in the right window pane double click on (Default) string.

Select Cursors then in the right window pane double click on (Default) string

4. Now change the value in the Value data field according to the name of the pointer schemes in the below-listed table:

leave blank for None
Magnified
Windows Black (extra large)
Windows Black (large)
Windows Black
Windows Default (extra large)
Windows Default (large)
Windows Default
Windows Inverted (extra large)
Windows Inverted (large)
Windows Inverted
Windows Standard (extra large)
Windows Standard (large)

5. Type any name according to the Pointer scheme you want to set and click OK.

Select Cursors then in the right window pane double click on (Default) string

6. To customize individual pointers, modify the following string values:

Arrow - pointer for Normal Select
Help - pointer for Help Select
AppStarting - pointer for Working in Background
Wait - pointer for Busy
Crosshair - pointer for Precision Select
IBeam - pointer for Text Select
NWPen - pointer for Handwriting
No - pointer for Unavailable
SizeNS - pointer for Vertical Resize
SizeWE - pointer for Horizontal Resize
SizeNWSE - pointer for Diagonal Resize 1
SizeNESW - pointer for Diagonal Resize 2
SizeAll - pointer for Move
UpArrow - pointer for Alternate Select
Hand - pointer for Link Select

7. Double-click on any of the above expandable string then type in the full path of the .ani or .cur file you want to use for the pointer and click OK.

Double-click on any of the above expandable string then type in the full path of the .ani or .cur file | How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

8. Close Registry Editor and reboot your PC.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to change Mouse Pointer in Windows 10 but if you still have any questions regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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