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.

Recent comments

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user icon Anonymous on March 20th

loolz some of you guys r noobs it isn't called 'mycursor.cur', it's called whatever you named it and it's located wherever the default download location is.
You can change it on a mac, but you need to dive deep into OSX's default images and replace them.
On Windows 8, I imagine it would be similar to Windows 7.
It is a '.zip' file which means it is compressed. Simply use something like Zipeg for mac or 7Zip or winRAR for PC and drag it straight to the desktop or location you want it to be.
If your mouse is invisible, you have failed somewhere along the line and replaced the basic cursor with some other non-compatible file.
Signed,
Jojobeans123

user icon Anonymous on March 22nd

dose it work for windows 7 :-(

user icon ihascupquake registered user on March 23rd

I have a window 7 it does work go to the main screen and click the left mouse button and click personalize then change mouse pointer then browse then desktop then folder with your name for it then find the pointer you download then enjoy 8-)

user icon Anonymous on March 24th

wont work hlp

:-(

in my hardware and sound it dousnt say mouse on it it just has view devices and printers,add a device, and adjust commonly used mobile settings
were do i fing mouse

yay i figured out how to do it

user icon Anonymous on March 28th

So what do i do!? :-o

*facepalm* Plz help meh pplz
:-(

user icon Anonymous on March 30th

Thanks! This really helps!

user icon Anonymous on April 1st

I have windows 8 and it doesn't work.
Please tell me how to do it! |-)Please!!!

Please
That's what I wanted to say

user icon Anonymous on April 9th

It worked on windows 8 yay :-D !!!

user icon Anonymous on April 14th

HALLLLPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!! I have a windows 8.1 computer, can't figure this shit out!

user icon Radford123 registered user on April 15th

Well, it works on ALL computers. 8-)

user icon Anonymous
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What about ICL files?