The mouse pointer is arguably the most useful feature of a standard operating system. While the mouse pointer has a default shape and size, Windows allows a user to customize and change this entirely.
If you want to add some flair to your PC, here is how you can customize a mouse cursor on Windows 11.
How to Set Up a Mouse Cursor Scheme on Windows 11
While the mouse cursor started as a simple pointer, it has evolved in many ways over the years. The mouse pointer can take different forms depending on what you plan to use it for.
It can change into a loading circle when you start an application, become less obstructive when you are typing, and much more.
All these shapes and forms your cursor can take are captured in a mouse cursor scheme. Think of a scheme as an archive for the different forms of your cursor. All possible aspects must be properly represented for the mouse scheme to be complete and work correctly.
Windows 11 comes prepackaged with four basic schemes a user can choose from by accessing the Mouse pointer and touch sub-menu in their Windows settings. The four pointers each represent a different scheme, and these offer limited levels of customization.
You can change the cursor’s color and size, but not much else.
The Two Common Methods of Personalizing Your Mouse Cursor
Windows, as an operating system, gives its users the freedom to personalize their experience in many ways. One method of doing so is importing a custom mouse cursor scheme. This allows you to change the cursor library images to something else entirely.
There are two ways to achieve this. The first is to import a fully designed custom scheme. Most mouse schemes follow a theme, and each aspect of the mouse cursor will fit that theme.
The second method is to change each cursor within your default scheme to your preferred choice.
1. Download and Install a Custom Cursor Scheme
You can search for custom mouse cursor schemes on your search engine of choice. These schemes are usually free. Here are a few custom mouse cursor schemes to get you started.
Once you have found a cursor scheme you prefer, download the compressed file and extract it, and here is how.
- Download the compressed Mouse Cursor Scheme file and save it on your computer.
- Extract the file using WinRAR or your installed file extraction software.
- Open the extracted file and search for the Install file. It is usually an INF file.
- Windows 11 comes with a compact right-click menu. This next step requires you to access the classic menu. Right-click on install, scroll to the bottom and select Show more options.
- Select the Install option.
To apply the new cursor scheme you have installed, you will need to access Additional Mouse Settings from your settings menu. Here’s how to select your newly installed mouse scheme.
- Select the windows button and search for mouse settings.
- Scroll to the bottom of the menu that appears and select Additional mouse settings.
- A small pop-up menu will appear. Select the Pointers tab and click on Scheme. This will open a drop-down menu, from which you can select your newly installed mouse scheme.
Now that you have installed and selected your chosen scheme, you might want to block access to the mouse pointer settings, so no one can access and change things from how you like them.
2. Change the Individual Cursors
While finding the mouse cursor scheme that you prefer would be perfect, this might not always be the case. You could find the perfect scheme, but not like a single icon.
Alternatively, you could find the perfect scheme that is missing a single icon you prefer. Another scenario is a case where you would prefer to design your own icon for a certain aspect of your mouse scheme.
In cases like this, it helps to be able to change specific types of a particular cursor in an already established scheme. Fortunately, you can do this in Windows 11, and here is how.
- Access the Mouse properties menu like earlier shown and navigate to the Pointers sub-menu.
- Select the cursor you would like to change in the Customize menu and click Browse.
This will open up a small window showing the list of available mouse icons on your operating system. These are the default icons. You can also select a custom icon by navigating to the folder you have the file saved in.
It is advisable to have all of your custom mouse cursor schemes saved in the same folder for ease of access.
Make Your Mouse Pointer Your Own
The mouse pointer is a crucial aspect of everyday computer use. It is the one icon on your screen you stare at the most. Making this icon your own is an important step when customizing your operating system.
As such, it is okay to explore your options until you find the icon or the mouse scheme that works for you.
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