Windows 10 has some exciting new options that allow you to change the mouse pointer size and color. Have you grown tired of the dull white or black mouse pointer? Would you prefer one in a lively color, maybe one that matches your wallpaper? How about making it up to three times bigger? Here is how to change the mouse pointer size and color in Windows 10:
NOTE: The options that are shown in this guide apply to Windows 10 May 2019 Update or newer. If you do not know what Windows 10 version you have, read: How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type.
Step 1. Go to Windows 10’s Cursor & pointer settings
Open the Settings app on your Windows 10 PC or device. A quick way to do that is to press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard. In Windows Settings, click or tap Ease of Access.
Choose Cursor & pointer from the options on the left.
Step 2. Change the mouse pointer size
In the “Change pointer size and color” section, use the slider displayed under “Change pointer size,“ and you can see your pointer changing its dimension in real time. By default, Windows 10 uses the smallest pointer size available, but you can choose any dimension from 1 to 15, and you can make your pointer three times bigger than the default.
As indicated by the graphics, moving the slider to the right makes the pointer bigger, while dragging it to the left turns it smaller.
Step 3. Change the mouse pointer color
On the right side of the Settings window for Cursor & pointer, look for the “Change pointer color” section, and choose one of the four available options to modify the color of your pointer.
As indicated by the graphics used, the first two options are white with a black border, which is the default, and black with a white border. The third, illustrated as black on a white background and white on a black background, has an inversion effect, ensuring your mouse pointer is always visible, by changing it to a color complementary to the color you’re hovering over. This does not just happen for black and white: hovering with your pointer on a blue background makes it turn orange, a red background turns it cyan, and so on. The last option adds a black border to the color of your choice. Clicking or tapping on it reveals a rainbow of “Suggested pointer colors” you can choose from. If you like a color from the list, click or tap on it. If you have a different color in mind, press on “Pick a custom pointer color.“
In the “Pick a custom pointer color” pop-up window, select any color from the whole RGB spectrum to see its name. You have absolute freedom in your choice, and a slider at the bottom helps you fine tune the color you choose.
If you need to be accurate, and you already know the RGB code of the color that you want to use, click or tap More.
Additional options are shown, where you can enter the code of the color that you want to use. Your changes are displayed in real time, so, when you are satisfied, press Done and enjoy your new pointer.
NOTE: If you are not satisfied with your pointer’s appearance, learn How to use custom mouse cursors and pointers in Windows 10. To learn more about personalizing the mouse in Windows 10, read: How to configure the mouse in Windows 10.
How to change the mouse pointer size and color from the Control Panel
You can also customize your pointer from the more limiting options available from the Control Panel, although these are less useful than those from the Settings app.
To customize the mouse cursor’s size and color, open the Control Panel and go to the “Ease of Access” section.
In the section called “Ease of Access Center,“ click or tap on the “Change how your mouse works” link.
A window named “Make the mouse easier to use” opens. Here you can find a series of mouse-related settings, starting with the size and color of your mouse pointer. In the Mouse pointers section, you can choose from three different mouse cursor colors and from three different sizes for each color. The third one has an inversion effect, which changes your mouse color for maximum visibility, depending on what color you are hovering over. Choose the size and the color that you want to use.
Do not forget to press OK or Apply for your changes to take effect. You can now close the Control Panel and enjoy using your new mouse pointer.
What mouse pointer size and color do you use?
While writing this tutorial, I was pleasantly surprised by Windows 10’s option to turn the cursor the opposite color of the background, thus ensuring maximum visibility at all times. I decided to stick with it for now. What about you? How did you customize your mouse pointer? Did you choose a cheerful color? Let us know in a comment below.