Windows 10 lets you personalize the mouse cursor beyond changing the color and size or making it easier to see. You can customize the pointer theme or even download and install cursor schemes, just as you could on previous versions of Windows.

Change the Default Cursor Scheme

Windows has a few built-in cursor schemes that let you change the default appearance of the mouse pointer. This method will change the color (white, black, or inverted) and size (default, large, or extra-large).

To get started, open up the Settings app by pressing Windows+I on the keyboard, and click “Devices” from the available options.

Click "Devices" from the Settings app.

Click “Mouse” form the pane on the left, scroll through the options until you see”Additional mouse options”, and click on it.

Click "Mouse," and then click "Additional mouse options" to open the Mouse Properties.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Click the "Pointers" tab.

Click the dropdown menu and select a scheme that works for you. Click “Apply” to save changes, and try out the look you chose.

Click the dropdown menu to see a list of available schemes.

Windows 10 also has a built-in way to change the color and size of your mouse pointer. You can change those from the Settings app without changing any of the theme options in the Mouse Properties window.

Create a Custom Cursor Scheme

If you like the majority but not all of a scheme that Windows uses, you can change individual cursors of a scheme. Each scheme has 17 cursors that apply to different circumstances actions when hovering over things on your screen. After you customize a scheme to your liking, you can save it to the list of usable schemes.

Open up the Settings app by pressing Windows+I on the keyboard, and click “Devices” from the available options.

Click "Devices" from the Settings app.

Click “Mouse” form the pane on the left, scroll through the options until you see”Additional mouse options”, and click on it.

Click "Mouse," and then click "Additional mouse options" to open the Mouse Properties.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Click the "Pointers" tab.

Now, from the list of cursors under the Customise section, click one that you want to change, and then click “Browse”.

Click on a cursor, and then click "Browse" to change it.

The file browser will open to the system folder that holds all the cursors available for each scheme. Inside the folder, you will see two types of files that pertain to mouse pointers; they are .cur and .ani files. The former is a static cursor image, and the latter is an animated cursor image. A majority of cursors are static cursors, with only a couple that are actually animated (aero_busy and aero_working).

There are two types of image files for cursors: .cur and .ani.

Click on the cursor you want to replace, and click “Open” when you finish.

Click on the one of the files in the broswer explorer.

Repeat the process for each cursor that you want to change. When you’re ready, click “Save as”, give this custom preset a name, and then click “OK” to save the scheme.

Click "Save as," give the scheme a name, and then click "OK" to save it to the presets list.

When you finish, click “Apply” to save the cursor settings to your system for you to start using them.

Click "Apply" to set the current scheme preset to your system.

Download and Install Custom Cursor Theme Packs

If the few choices available aren’t enough, you can download a third-party cursor theme pack to install on Windows. The cursors are easy to set up and give your system a personal flair; you just won’t get the default white or black schemes.

RealWorld Designers’ Open Cursor Library has thousands of free cursor themes to choose from and is an excellent place to start if you’re looking to customize the Windows mouse cursors.

Because there isn’t an official Microsoft channel to download cursors, you should scan anything you download with your antivirus and be leery downloading anything from unknown sources.

After downloading a cursor theme pack, unzip the contents into a folder so you can access them in the next step.

Note: A custom cursor theme pack will usually be a ZIP archive and only contains the two types of image files we mentioned earlier: .cur and .ani.

Open up the Settings app by pressing Windows+I on the keyboard, and click “Devices” from the available options.

Click "Devices" from the Settings app.

Click “Mouse” from the pane on the left, scroll through the options until you see”Additional mouse options”, and click on it.

Click "Mouse," and then click "Additional mouse options" to open the Mouse Properties.

Click the tab labeled “Pointers”.

Click the "Pointers" tab.

Now, from the Customise section, click on a cursor situation, and then click “Browse”.

Click on a cursor, and then click on "Browse" to change it.

Navigate to the folder with the cursor files, click the file with the corresponding name, and then click “Open”.

Navigate to the folder you extracted, click on the corresponding image file, and then click "Open" to change it.

Repeat the process for each entry in the list and when you finish, click “Save as”, give it a name, and then click “OK” to save the custom scheme.

After you change each cursor, save it as a preset in case you want to change it in the future.

Now, if ever you want to switch between themes, you can select it from the preset schemes in the dropdown menu.

Each preset scheme can be found in the dropdown list under the Scheme section.

When you finish saving the scheme, click “Apply” to start using it, and you can safely close the window or add another one to the list.