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How to Change Mouse Cursor on Windows 11


One of the reasons for the popularity of Windows 11 is its user interface design (UI Design). Even if you’ve switched to a tablet or touchscreen device like Microsoft’s amazing Surface Pro series, there are times when you simply need your trusty old cursor, especially with an operating system that still favors the traditional desktop (i.e., Windows). By default, a small-sized, white-colored mouse pointer is available on Windows. However, this does not imply that you must use the default setting.

It appears that you’ve grown bored of staring at the cursor while working and believe that it does not complement the aesthetics of Windows 11.

By the end of this article, you will be able to add a custom cursor in Windows:


Step #1: Type and open the “Windows Settings” from the Start menu or press the “Windows key + I” key combination.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “Bluetooth and Devices” option from the left sidebar and select the “Mouse” option.

select the mouse option in the bluetooth devices section in windows settings
‘Mouse’ option

Step #3: Select the “Additional Mouse Settings” option in the Related Settings section.

select the additional mouse settings option
“Additional Mouse Settings” option

Step #4: A popup will appear. Select the “Pointers” option from the top menu and click the “Browse” button.

click the browse button in the pointers tab
Click the “Browse” button

Step #5: Select the Cursor that you want to set as default and press the “Open” button.

select the windows built in custom cursor and press the open button
Select the built-in cursor

Step #6: Press the “Apply” button and the mouse pointer will be changed.

finally press the apply button to change cursor
Press the “Apply” button

Note: To add a custom cursor with another design, download the Custom Cursor design from Cursor Library and you can follow the steps above, select the cursor design in the animated cursor (.ani) or static cursor (.cur) format. Click the browse button and choose the downloaded custom cursor and press the “Apply” button to make changes take effect.


Note: This method is almost similar to the method above.

Step #1: Open the “Control Panel” from the Start menu and select the “Hardware and Sound” option.

select the hardware and sound option
‘Hardware and Sound’ option

Step #2: Select the “Mouse” option in the “Devices and Printers” section.

select the mouse option
‘Mouse’ option

Step #3: A popup will appear. Select the “Pointers” option from the top menu and click the “Browse” button.

right click the mouse option and select the mouse properties option
Mouse Settings
select the browse option in the mouse pointer section
Click the “Browse” button

Step #4: Select the Cursor that you want to set as default and press the “Open” button.

select the built in windows mouse pointer
Custom Mouse Pointer

Step #5: Press the “Apply” button and the mouse pointer will be changed.

select the desired mouse pointer and press the apply button
Press the “Apply” button

Note: To add a custom cursor with another design, download the Custom Cursor design from Cursor Library and you can follow the steps above, select the cursor design in the animated cursor (.ani) or static cursor (.cur) format. Click the browse button and choose the downloaded custom cursor and press the “Apply” button to make changes take effect.

How to restore the default cursor in Windows 11?

Go to Windows Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mouse > Additional mouse settings > Pointers > Select the Use Default option > Press the Apply button.

How many types of cursor can we add in Windows?

Currently, Windows supports the Static Cursor (.cur) and the Animated Cursor (.ani) file formats. The static cursor, as the name suggests: it’s a non-animated cursor, and the animated cursor as the name suggests: it’s dynamic in nature.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to change the mouse pointer on Windows. To change the mouse pointer, you can use any of the methods that you find to be the most convenient and easy to follow along.

Further, customize the Windows User Interface (UI) by following the related articles below.


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