By default, the Windows mouse pointer or cursor is your standard white with a rather bland looking arrow. It is possible to install custom themes that change the cursor if you want something a little more flashy.

What if you like the standard pointer but would prefer a larger size, or maybe even a different color?

Luckily, there are several ways to do just that. Here’s how:

Ease of Access Settings

The first method for changing the properties of the Windows cursor involves the Ease of Access settings, available in Windows 8 and beyond — 10 is included too.

Change PC settings

  1. Open your Windows settings. Windows Key + C to open the charms bar.
  2. Select Settings < Change PC Settings.Ease of access
  3. Choose Ease of Access from the sidebar on the left.Mouse in ease of access
  4. Choose Mouse and select a color. You should see new settings appear pertaining to the Windows pointer. There are three different sizes to choose from: small, medium, and large. You can also customize the pointer color, with three options to choose from there:
  • White – The pointer is all white
  • Black – The pointer is all black
  • Dynamic – The pointer is white on dark and black colors and black on light colors (as you scroll over elements it changes)

The dynamic setting is meant as an accessibility option for those who have trouble with their vision, but it also looks great too.

From the Control Panel

The results of this method are the same as the first; you can edit the size and color of the mouse pointer albeit with a little more visual help.

Control panel

  1. Open your Windows settings < Control Panel.Ease of access
  2. Select Ease of Access in the Control Panel window.Change how your mouse works
  3. Select Change how your mouse works from the options. Here you can see a full series of options dedicated to the Windows pointer or mouse. Like the first method, you can change the color and size. You can also adjust how the mouse works through nuanced options. For example, you can activate a background window simply by hovering over it with the mouse — this option is disabled by default.Choose a new color for the pointer
  4. Choose a new color for your mouse pointer, click Apply < click OK.

Editing Mouse Properties

You can also change settings related to the pointer in the mouse properties menu. To get there, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button and type “mouse” in the search field.Search mouse
  2. Click the entry labeled Mouse with a mouse icon next to it. Alternatively, you can open the control panel from Settings > Control Panel and in the search box type “mouse” to find the mouse properties.mouse properties pointers
  3. In the next window, click the Pointers tab at the top.
  4. Under the Scheme section, click the arrow to open a dropdown selection. The settings you see will change the properties of the cursor scheme.Choose a new mouse scheme
  5. Choose the new mouse scheme and click the OK button.

As an example, the scheme labeled Windows Inverted (extra large) will change the cursor to black with a much larger size.

Bonus: Install a Custom Cursor

If you want to change the look of the cursor entirely — not just size or color — you have to install a custom skin. The following instructions are going to cover installing the Pulse Glass cursor by DeviantArt user Stamga, but you can use any theme package you want.

download pulse glass cursor

  1. Download your custom pointer package. For Pulse Glass, the download button is on the middle- right-hand side of the page. The package downloads as a compressed archive, which means you must use a tool like WinZip or 7Zip to unzip the content. By default, Windows also includes its basic archive tool.Extract here
  2. Right-click on the file and choose Extract Here. To make it easier you can also choose Extract Files or Extract To and specify a new folder to unpack the content into. This keeps it all in one easy-to-find place.Install.inf
  3. Right-click on the file named Install.inf and choose Install.mouse control panel
  4. Open the control panel from Settings > Control Panel and type “mouse”.mouse properties pointers
  5. In the next window, click the Pointers tab at the top.
  6. Under the Scheme section, click the arrow to open a dropdown selection.
  7. Look for the Pulse Glass entry and select it.
  8. Click the Apply button and then OK to close the window. You should see your fancy new cursor is applied. 

For the most part, the steps for installing any other custom cursor should be similar. Some may call for the use of an executable (EXE) or a custom installer.

Bottom Line

Windows provides plenty of customization support for changing the look and feel of your mouse cursor.

You can change the size, color, and even the entire look by installing custom themes. Whatever your poison, you’re sure to find something you love.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to reply in a timely manner.