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 September 16th

guys just download it -> open show in folder -> look at where it is( my was Local disk C:, User, HP, download) -> then go to the control panel -> change mouse settings -> then go to the exact same places from the browse option -> find it and apply.

user icon Anonymous on September 20th

:-D IT'S VERYY EFFECTIVE!!!!! YOU JUST NEED TO GO SOME SETTINGS BUT FIRST, AFTER YOU DOWNLOAD THIS, YOU EXTRACT THE .ZIP FILE AND 2. AFTER THAT YOU GO TO "CONTROL PANEL" 3. CLICK THE "MOUSE" 4. CHOOSE "POINTERS" 5. YOU SELECT "BROWSE" AND CLICK THE FILE YOU EXTRACTED AWHILE AGO AND THEN "TADAAAA" CHOOSE ANY STICKER POINTER YOU LOVE HERE <3 I HOPE THIS MIGHT HELP YA'LL. :-D :-D :-D

user icon Anonymous on September 20th

thank you too the people that explained how to apply it

user icon Anonymous on September 22nd

THIS ISAWSOME GUYS!!!! :-D

user icon Anonymous on September 23rd

doesnt work on chromabook sadly

user icon Anonymous on September 24th

:-( I only came here because it was not working on a chromebook anywhere else either

user icon Anonymous on September 25th

".cur" and ".ani" files are only compatible with Windows at the time. There are no current operating systems (OSes) that support these file extensions yet. If you want to give a lot of personality and customization to your computer, I would recommend a Windows computer, it has varios software compatibility.

Now, at the comment to the article: I just want to thank you for making this article, I had no idea that you could change your mouse cursor. I didn't know what you should do after downloading a mouse cursor.

user icon Anonymous yesterday

i hav e no idea how to use this T_T i'm on a maccbook this has nvr been so confusimg plz help me

user icon Anonymous about 18 hours ago

how to download i cant do it

user icon Anonymous about 6 hours ago

im on windows and its kinda weird ngl but i found a way around it. once you got the file as a .zip extract it and itll give you all the files with png. then go back to your mouse settings and assign each different cursor to the custom one. takes a while but its worth it lmfao

user icon Anonymous
Vista & Win 7 icons
What about ICL files?
I wish there were...