How do you change your cursor?


Quick Answer

Change your mouse cursor in the Mouse Properties section within Windows. You can also change your Mac cursor using a third-party utility or adjust the cursor size in the Universal Access section within System Preferences. To get started, you need to power on your Windows computer.

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Full Answer

  1. Log in to your user account

    Click your user account on the Windows log-in screen, and enter your password if necessary. Wait for the desktop to load.

  2. Open the Control Panel

    As of 2014 in Windows XP and Windows 7, click the Start button on the bottom taskbar, and select Control Panel from the Start menu. In Windows 8, use the shortcut "Win" and "Q" keys simultaneously to reveal the global search menu. Type "Control Panel" without quotes, and press Enter.

  3. Locate Mouse Properties

    In Windows XP and Windows 7, locate the mouse or cursor icon in the Control Panel. Click the icon to open the Mouse Properties window. If you do not see the icon in Windows 7 or 8, type "Mouse" in the Control Panel search field, and select the appropriate option.

  4. Change the cursor

    In the Mouse Properties window, click the drop-down box to reveal a list of cursor themes. Select your preferred cursor, and click Apply. Click OK to save the settings.

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