Monday, September 20, 2021

How to add a customized mouse cursor theme to Windows 10

Windows 10 users need to perform several complex tasks to add a personalized or customized touch to the cursor theme. We’ll walk you through it.

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A colorful or whimsical set graphical mouse cursors could help you get your point across to your audience during your next presentation. Microsoft has decided to leave the creation of custom mouse cursor themes up to third-parties for unknown reasons. This creates confusion and uncertainty among users.

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While Microsoft included a small set of mouse cursor options in Windows 10, the available choices do not qualify as colorful or whimsical in any way—completely utilitarian. Users must perform several tasks to add color, fire and passion to a mouse-cursor theme.

This tutorial will show you how to add and install a new mouse cursor theme in Windows 10.

How to add a custom mouse cursor theme to Windows 10

There are better options than the ones outlined here if you just want to add a highlighter or third-party apps to provide more highlighting options. Remember that changing the mouse cursor theme won’t only change your mouse pointer but also all animations and mouse icons in Windows 10.

First, you need to search for and download a new mouse cursor template. Many websites claim to offer professional themes for Windows 10. Many websites claim to offer professional themes for Windows 10. However, not all third-party vendors have their websites SSL enabled. This raises serious questions about their integrity. Please be careful.

Open Cursor Library on designer.com is one of these trusted and most used websites.Figure A.

Figure A

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This website offers thousands of free mouse cursor themes. There’s bound to be one that fits your needs. TechNorms has a list of additional options that you can choose from if you need more.

Once you have selected your mouse cursor set, download it and extract it to a folder on your computer. Later, we’ll be browsing to this folder.

We now have a new theme for our mouse. It is time to activate the images and animations. Click or tap the Start menu button on Windows 10 and select Settings (gear icons). Select Devices, then click on the Mouse item in the left navigation bar to display the screen. Figure B.

Figure B

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While you can make some basic mouse-related adjustments from this screen, we will need to dig deeper for our purposes. To open the Control Panel’s Mouse Property screen, click the “Additional mouse options”. As shown in Figure C.

Figure C

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To see the current list of animations and images, click the Pointers tab. As you can see in Figure DThere are 19 different mouse cursor animations and images that can be used with the Windows 10 desktop GUI. Each must be changed separately. (Note: Not all themes include all 19 items in the set.

Figure D

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Click on the cursor that you wish to change and click the Browse button. Next, navigate to the folder that contains your new cursors. Click the Open button to locate the appropriately labeled animation or image and click it. You can do the same for all items in your list.

Once you’ve made all your changes click the Save as button Figure DGive your new theme name. As you can see, Figure EI installed a Minecraft theme.

Figure E

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After giving it a new name click Apply to activate the new theme. Finally, click OK to close the Mouse Properties screen. Because you took the time and saved your theme under a different name, you can easily return to the original theme after your meeting.

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Please be cautious

For unspecified reasons, Microsoft has decided to relinquish the development of customized mouse cursors in Windows 10 to third-party vendors—subjecting users to a plethora of aggressive advertising, misleading download buttons and the potential for malware. Instead of a Microsoft-endorsed, curated set custom mouse cursors for Windows 10, users are left to their own devices in the wild west that is the internet. It shouldn’t be this way. This procedure should be used with caution.

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