What is a Windows Mouse Cursor

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Cursors in browsers

Internert Explorer is currently the only browser capable of using custom cursors. There are multiple ways how to specify cursor for your web page or for a section of a web page:

Using cursors from this web on your web or on MySpace profile

  1. Find the cursor in the library.
  2. Click on the description of the cursor. A html code appears in a box.
  3. Copy this html code into your page.

The html code contains a link to the library and it must be left intact. The link text may be modified to better suit the nature of your web, but it must not be hidden (do not try to trick the system, it'll only make things worse). If this rule is broken, your web site will be banned from using the cursors. If your custom cursor is not working, check the list of currently banned sites.

Technical details

Specifying cursor in cascading style sheet

If you are using external .css file, you can specify cursor from there. Add the following line to the element that you want to use the custom cursor. If you want to set cursor of the entire page, add the line to the BODY section.

cursor:url("<url of your cursor>");

Modifying web page

If you cannot or do not want to modify your .css file, put the following code to the header of your page:

<style type="text/css">
<!--
BODY { cursor:url("<url of your cursor>"); }
-->
</style>

Alternatively, you can directly modify the style of an element on your page like this:

...<body style="cursor:url(<url of your cursor>)" >...

Uploading cursor files

You should upload a cursor file to your web server in the same way as you upload images, audio or video files. Once you have uploaded your cursor, replace the <url of your cursor> placeholder with the actual url of your cursor (for example /MyCursor.ani).

Using cursors directly from this web

If you are not in full control of your web server or simply cannot upload the cursors, you are permitted to use the cursors directly from this server. Follow these guidelines:

1. Find the identifier of the cursor you want to use

Locate the cursor in the library - the first cell in the table shows a preview of the cursor, its name, number of frames and the last information is the ID of the cursor - look for a number after ID:. Write this number down.

2. Modifying your page

You already know how to modify your page to display custom cursors, the only thing left is to specify the <url of your cursor> field. Use the following text: http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-extern.php?id=XXXX. The XXXX should of course be replaced by the identifier of the cursor.

If you are using this method, also place a link to this library or to the cursor set on your the page, where you are using the cursor.

Do not use the download url (cursor-download.php) directly. The downloads are counted and external links are disabled.

Sampe code

<style type="text/css">
body {cursor: url(http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-extern.php?id=cursor_ID); }
</style>
<br />
<a href="http://www.rw-designer.com/cursor-library">RWG Open Cursor Archive</a>
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Recent comments

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user icon Anonymous on September 1st 2013

:-D GOOD

user icon Anonymous on September 21st 2013

im using windows 8 can someone help how to change my mouse pointers :-)

user icon Anonymous on December 14th 2013

How do I get it to Tumblr??? It won't work there!

user icon K-joy-programer12 registered user on January 21st

:-( I can't get this to work in Blogger :-(

user icon Anonymous on March 11th

from: portisHeart

i made some cursors with RW cursor editor a while ago. and i used them on my LJ and DW (livejournal & dreamwidth journals) - i coded them into the css, and had my .png (for FFox etc) in LJ's storage, but the .ani (for IE) was stored on deviantArt since LJ doesn't accept .cur or .ani. it worked fine.
but (more or less) recently, dArt changed the urls from some uploads, now the url doesn't end with .ani, but there is more appended, IE doesn't recognize it a .ani any more. :-(
all webdesign sites advise to use photobucked & Co, which DON'T accept .cur/.ani, and except 1-2 cursor site where we have to attach the cursor to an email, there's just NO hosting site i could find.
but for here, their quality might be really meh, it's not a real series either.
any idea where i can host my few nonprofessional chaotic cursors? :-)

user icon Anonymous on March 11th

from portisHeart:

forget my previous comment! i finally found out, after an epic search, where the files are stored exactly on dArt when they are downloaded.
and since i can link directly from here for cursors i want for another journal, all my problems are solved... i hope for a while ;-)

user icon Pan Slav Union registered user on May 12th

Making an HTML site from scratch, and it's not working at all. Any clue why?

user icon Anonymous on May 27th

How do you include multiple cursor files in your .css page and in the HTML page? I just downloaded the rainbowsquidbykururu.zip file and it has multiple cursors (for multiple actions). How do I get that working on my web site (with an external .css file)?

user icon Vlasta site administrator on May 27th

You can assign different cursors to different elements on your web page.

user icon Anonymous on June 13th

Not working in Joomla templates! upload to CSS3 example!!

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