The mouse pointer is arguably the most useful feature of a standard operating system. While the mouse pointer has a default shape and size, Windows allows a user to customize and modify it entirely.
If you want to add style to your PC, here’s how to customize a mouse cursor in Windows 11.
How to Configure a Mouse Cursor Scheme on Windows 11
While the mouse cursor started out as a simple pointer, it has evolved in many ways over the years. The mouse pointer can take different shapes depending on what you intend to use it for.
It can turn into a loading circle when you start an app, become less distracting when typing, and more.
All of these shapes and forms that your cursor can take are captured in a mouse cursor scheme. Think of a schematic as an archive of the different shapes of your cursor. All possible aspects must be correctly represented for the mouse diagram to be complete and to function correctly.
Windows 11 comes with four basic schemes that a user can choose from by accessing the Mouse pointer and touch submenu in their Windows settings. The four pointers each represent a different schema, and these offer limited levels of customization.
You can change the cursor color and size, but not much else.
The two common methods of customizing your mouse cursor
Windows, as an operating system, gives its users the freedom to customize their experience in many ways. One method is to import a custom mouse cursor scheme. This allows you to completely change the slider library images.
There are two ways to achieve this. The first is to import a fully designed custom schema. Most mouse schemes follow a theme, and every aspect of the mouse cursor will match that theme.
The second method is to replace each slider in your default scheme with your preferred choice.
1. Download and install a custom cursor scheme
You can search for custom mouse cursor schemes on any search engine you like. These programs are usually free. Here are a few custom mouse cursor schemes to help you get started.
Once you find a cursor scheme you prefer, download the zipped file and extract it, and here’s how to do it.
- Download the Mouse Cursor Scheme zipped file and save it to your computer.
- Extract the file using WinRAR or your installed file extraction software.
- Open the extracted file and find the Install case. This is usually an INF file.
- Windows 11 comes with a compact context menu. This next step requires you to access the classic menu. Right click on install, scroll down and select Show more options.
- Select the Install option.
To apply the new cursor scheme you installed, you will need to navigate to Additional mouse settings from your settings menu. Here’s how to select your newly installed mouse scheme.
- Select the Windows button and search mouse settings.
- Scroll down the menu that appears and select Additional mouse settings.
- A small context menu will appear. Select the Pointers tab and click Scheme. This will open a drop-down menu, from which you can select your newly installed mouse scheme.
Now that you have installed and selected the scheme you have chosen, you may want to block access to the mouse pointer settings, so that no one can access and modify the elements the way you like them.
2. Edit individual sliders
While finding the mouse cursor scheme you prefer is perfect, it might not always be the case. You might find the perfect scheme, but not as a single icon.
Alternatively, you can find the perfect scheme that is missing a single icon that you prefer. Another scenario is where you would prefer to design your own icon for a certain aspect of your mouse scheme.
In cases like this, it is useful to be able to modify specific types of a particular cursor in an already established schema. Luckily, you can do it in Windows 11, and here’s how.
- Access Mouse Properties menu as previously indicated and access the Pointers submenu.
- Select the slider you want to modify in the Personalize menu and click Browse.
This will open a small window displaying the list of mouse icons available on your operating system. These are the default icons. You can also select a custom icon by navigating to the folder where the file is saved.
It’s a good idea to save all your custom mouse cursor schemes in the same folder for easy access.
Customize your mouse pointer
The mouse pointer is a crucial aspect of everyday computer use. It’s the single icon on your screen that you look at the most. Customizing this icon is an important step when customizing your operating system.
As such, you can explore your options until you find the icon or mouse scheme that works for you.