Downloading and Using Cursors from Library

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Downloading cursors or cursor sets

The cursor library contains both standalone cursors and cursor sets. A cursor set contains multiple cursors with similar style.

To download a cursor click on its file name (for example "MyCursor.cur"), not on its preview image. Your internet browser displays a dialog asking you what it should do with the clicked file. Pick the option that saves the cursor to your computer. If for your browser does not display the download dialog, right-click on the cursor name and select "Save target as..." or "Save link as..." or similar command (the exact wording depends on your browser). Your browser may also ask you to pick a location on your computer to save the file to. You can select any folder, just remember which one you selected - you will need to know where the cursor is to customize your active mouse cursor.

Click on cursor name to download it
If you are having trouble downloading cursors, right-click on cursor's file name and choose "Save target as" from context menu.

Cursor sets are downloaded similarly to cursors - just click on the cursor set name (for example "MyCursorSet.zip"). Cursors are stored in a zipped archive and you will need to extract individual cursors before you can use them. If you are not sure what .zip means or how to extract files from a zip archive, stick with downloading individual cursors one by one.

Changing your active cursor

Changing cursor is NOT as simple as double-clicking it. Windows uses different cursors in different situations. You may change cursor for each role in Control Panel. If you change your cursors often, consider using this freeware utility. It can save you a lot of time.

Using Control Panel to change cursor

First, make sure, you have already downloaded the cursor to your computer as described above and you know in which folder the cursor file is.

Follow these steps (assuming you have Windows XP):

  1. In Start menu, click on Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Mouse. Switch to classic view or navigate to Hardware and Devices section if you do not see the Mouse icon.
  3. Switch to Pointer tab.
  4. Select a cursor to modify and click on Browse button.
  5. Navigate to the downloaded cursor.
  6. Repeat for another cursor role and then click OK.
Control Panel with Mouse properties highlighted
Double click the Mouse icon to display Mouse Properties and then switch to Pointers tab.
Changing pointers in Mouse properties dialog
Select a pointer role to replace, click on Browse, and navigate to your downloaded cursor.

When changing pointers, you can see a preview of the frames of a cursor. Be aware that the preview is not accurate, it dos not respect frame duration and sequence.

Protecting yourself from viruses

Cursors are sometimes associated with malware. Here is a guide how to protect youself from a cursor virus.

Uploading cursors to the library

You can create your own cursors and upload them using RealWorld Cursor Editor.

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user icon Anonymous on November 22nd 2016

If you have Windows 10, you can ask Cortana to open the "Mouse" settings. From there, you search through and find the tab that has your cursor settings. This way is for most Windows computers, although you would have to open the Control Panel first (unless you want to search for it).

What I do is I take the cursor (or cursor pack) and I extract them to create a folder containing all of the cursors for that pack. Then I simply move it into C:\Windows\Cursors directory.

I love custom cursors, and the people who make them do a great job! <3

Oh, and does anybody know how to install cursors on Linux? I'm really new to it, but I would like to be able to have something other than the plain white arrow. It gets boring after a while.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do it for the MAC OSX either. Although, Google is a great friend when it comes to tutorials! :-)

user icon Anonymous on November 23rd 2016

I own an acer aspire cloudbook how i do dis

user icon Anonymous on December 15th 2016

i try to change the cursor but every time i look for it through file doesnt want to show up and yes i downloaded the cursor

user icon Anonymous on December 15th 2016

omg whoever made this curser is awesome! ima BIG fan of Halo

also in the game energy swords are still OP (overpowered) when they are off

user icon Anonymous on December 19th 2016

how do I download this on xubuntu?

user icon Anonymous on December 21st 2016

mac how to do animated cursors?

:-(

user icon Anonymous on December 28th 2016

thank you this is awesome

user icon Anonymous on January 16th

nice, its first cursor i got from this site and its amazing! 0w0

user icon Anonymous on January 19th

i cant do it :-(

user icon Anonymous about 14 hours ago

i dont hav this problem with the other cursors but for these pikachu ones they completely disapear off the screen even in normal pointer it just disapeared and it even screwed up my touchpad somehow, but i had to reset it all and it seemed fine..except for these pikachu cursors...can anyone help me? :/ im on a windows 10

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