How to Change Your Mouse Cursor

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I used to be addicted to cursors. In fact, back in the day I would create them. Heck… people sometimes even paid me to create them! What is a cursor you ask? And how can you change it? Elementary, my dear Watson.

A cursor is that little pointer thingie on your screen when you move your mouse. They are simply an icon that is turned into a cursor using software designed for tha treason. In Windows, you can change it with relative ease. Simply go into your Control Panel, select the Mouse icon, and then click on the Pointers tab. From there, you can use the drop-down box to choose a few different pre-installed cursors from Microsoft.

Of course, these aren’t very exciting cursors. If you want to make your own, well that isn’t hard either. For creating the icons, I suggest using Icon Workshop. They have a free 30-day trial, and the Cursors program itself is a steal at only $14.00. You can choose from hundreds of presets in their gallery, or upload your own images. It’s an easy matter of drag and drop.

Once you have created your icon, you will need to turn it into an actual cursor. You can do this with my favorite program for this: CursorXP from the folks at Stardock. There is a free version, as well as a Pro version. However, most people will only need the free version, as it does quite a lot. Don’t let the name fool you, it works for Vista, as well. Not only can you use CursorXP to create your cursors, you can also use it to add cool effects to them, as well. There are effects such as explosions, ripples, and plasma. All in all, this is a very cool way and simple way to create your own customized cursor that will make all of your friends jealous.

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