How to install a mouse cursor scheme in Windows (all versions)

If you want to change the way your mouse cursors look, you have two options: you can manually set a specific pointer for each mouse cursor, or you can install a mouse cursor scheme that changes all the cursors you see in Windows. The latter is the faster and the easier way of changing how your mouse cursors look. If you want to know how to install a mouse cursor scheme, in all Windows versions, read this guide. It is easier than you think:

NOTE: Installing a new mouse cursor scheme is done the same way regardless of the Windows version you use. Whether you have Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, the process is identical. To make this guide simpler to follow, we will use screenshots taken only in Windows 10.

Step 1. Download the mouse cursor scheme that you want to use

The first thing you must do is get your hands on the mouse cursor scheme that you want to use. That usually means downloading it from somewhere on the internet. To get started, open this article: Top 20 Best Mouse Cursor Schemes For Windows.

Then, download and save your favorite mouse cursor scheme somewhere on your computer, like on your Desktop. Mouse cursor schemes usually come packed inside an archive, so that they are easier to download.

Step 2. Extract the mouse cursor scheme files

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

If you cannot extract the archived file, you probably do not have a file archiver app installed on your Windows computer. One of the best tools for that is called 7-Zip, and you can download it from here: 7-Zip.

Step 3. Find and run the install file from inside the mouse cursor scheme 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 scheme. Among them, there should also be a file that ends with the file extension .inf. The name can differ depending on the mouse cursor scheme you want to install.

Right-click on the .inf file and then click on the Install button from the contextual menu.

The mouse cursor scheme is installed in a second or two.

Step 4. Enable the newly installed mouse cursor scheme

The new mouse cursor scheme is installed on your Windows computer or device. Now you have to enable it and then use it. We explained all the steps that you must take from here on, in this guide: How to customize mouse cursors or pointers in Windows.

However, if you do not have time to read that guide too, here are the quick instructions:

To enable the new mouse cursor scheme, you have to use the Mouse Properties window. In all Windows versions, you can open this window by opening the Control Panel and going to the "Hardware and Sound" section. There, click or tap on the Mouse link, found in the "Devices and Printers" section.

In the Mouse Properties window, open the Pointers tab, choose the new mouse cursor Scheme from the drop-down list. Then, in the Cursors list, you can see a preview of all the pointers that are used by that mouse cursor scheme.

If you like what you get and still want to use this mouse cursor scheme, click or tap on the OK button.

Then, you can enjoy your new mouse cursor scheme! :)

What if you do not find an installation .inf file in the mouse cursor scheme folder?

If the mouse cursor scheme you have downloaded does not have an installation .inf file inside, then you have to install the scheme manually. That means that you must assign a cursor for each mouse action, by hand. You can find instruction on how to do all that, in the "How to customize individual mouse pointers in Windows" from this guide: How to customize mouse cursors or pointers in Windows.


Installing a new mouse cursor scheme on a Windows computer should be 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 will try to help as best as we can.