How to install custom mouse cursors in Windows 10

If you want to change the way your mouse cursors look, you have two options. The easy one is to install a mouse cursor scheme that changes all the pointers from Windows 10. The other one is to set a specific pointer for each mouse cursor manually. If you want to know how to install mouse cursors in Windows 10, read this guide. It is easier than you might think:

NOTE: Installing a new mouse cursor scheme is done the same way regardless of the Windows version you use. Although we've written this guide to show you how to install cursors in Windows 10, you can follow the same steps in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, as the process is identical.

How to install custom mouse cursors in Windows 10

First of all, get your hands on the custom cursors that you want to use on your Windows 10 PC or device. That usually means downloading a custom mouse cursor scheme from somewhere on the internet. To get you started, here are some cool cursors that we like: Download 30 best mouse cursors for Windows.

Use a web browser to download and save your favorite mouse cursor scheme somewhere on your PC, like on your desktop or Downloads folder. Note that mouse cursor schemes usually come packed inside an archive, so that they are easier and faster to download.

Download and save custom mouse cursors

Once you have downloaded the mouse cursor scheme file on your Windows 10 PC, you have to extract its contents. Right-click on it and, in the contextual menu, click on the option that says Extract or Unpack.

Extract the mouse cursors

TIP: If you cannot extract the packed mouse cursors file, you probably don't have a file archiver app installed on your Windows 10 computer or device. One of the best tools for that is called 7-Zip, and you can download it from here: 7-Zip.

Next comes the most important step: finding and running the install file from inside the custom mouse cursors folder. Once you have extracted the mouse cursor scheme, open its folder. Inside, you should find many files that contain the pointers used by the mouse scheme. Among them, there should also be a file that ends with the INF file extension. The name can differ depending on the mouse cursor scheme that you want to install.

The install.inf file allows you to install the new cursors quickly

Right-click or press and hold on the INF file and select Install on the contextual menu.

The mouse cursors Install option is found in the right-click menu

Windows 10 then opens a UAC (User Account Control) prompt where it asks you to confirm that you want to install the new mouse cursors. To be able to continue, your account must have administrative rights on your PC. Press Yes or type the password used by an admin account.

UAC prompt to confirm the installation of the new custom mouse cursors

After Windows 10 installs the custom mouse cursors, it automatically opens the Mouse Properties window and selects the Pointers tab.

Select the new custom mouse cursor Scheme from the drop-down list at the top. In the Customize cursors list, you can see a preview of all the pointers that are used by that mouse cursor scheme.

Enable the custom cursors in Windows 10

If you like what you get and still want to use the mouse cursor scheme, click or tap on the OK button. Then, you can enjoy your new custom mouse cursors! :)

What if there's no INF file in the custom mouse cursors folder?

If the mouse cursor scheme you have downloaded does not have an installation INF file inside, then you have to install the mouse pointers manually. That means that you must assign a cursor for each mouse action, by hand. You can find instructions on how to do that in this guide: How to use custom mouse cursors and pointers in Windows 10.

What is your favorite custom mouse cursors scheme for Windows 10?

Now you know how to install custom mouse cursors on your Windows 10 computer or device. As you've seen, it is a relatively easy task for anyone. We hope that this guide was concise and clear enough for you to know what to do. However, if there is something that you did not understand, leave a comment below, and we'll try to help as best as we can.