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 ""). 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.

Recent comments

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user icon tempy registered user on February 14th

the cursors are not downloading right, they don't go where they are suppose to go.

user icon Anonymous on February 20th

if you're having trouble activating your cursor (.ani, .cur), here's a little tip:
if you're using windows 10, search "mouse properties" in the search bar on the taskbar. it'll take you to "change your mouse settings."
at the bottom, you'll see "additional mouse settings." this is where you want to go.
go to the "pointers" tab and search for your cursor. it should be there!

user icon Anonymous on February 22nd

How do i install a cursor on linux?

user icon Anonymous on February 25th

ctrl-j is to go to downloads

open your files and drag the download to were you want it

user icon Super64 registered user on March 3rd

If you use Chrome and you want one ONLY for Chrome, use Custom Cursor. Link:

1. Go to the cursor on this website you want.
2. Save the cursor and the pointer's image (Recommended to save image in folder.)
3. Click the Custom Cursor image and click Manage.
4. Open the cursor and the pointer.
5. You're done! Go into Custom Cursor and choose the cursor from 'My Collection.'
Absolutely no lag or harm for your browser :-)

user icon Anonymous on March 6th

how do i use this??

user icon Anonymous on March 7th

?do you know how to activate it on a chromebook?

user icon Anonymous on March 8th

does this work for a google crombook ??????? :-o |-)

user icon Anonymous on March 14th

ok super64, I have been using that for a while and figured out one problem. you cant use animated pointers!

user icon Anonymous yesterday



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