customize mouse cursor on Windows 11

How to customize the mouse pointer on Windows 11

Windows 11 has been out for a while, and if you haven’t updated to it yet, you can take a look at how to install Windows 11 on your PC the right way. Windows 11 brings a visual fix and some new features that can help you customize it.

Speaking of customization, Microsoft gives you the option to change the appearance of your mouse pointer on Windows 11. Whether you are bored with the general pointer or you want it to be more prominent and easily visible, you can change the appearance with just a few clicks. Here’s how to customize the mouse pointer on your Windows 11 PC.

How to change the color and size of the mouse pointer

There are a few default pointer options in Windows 11 if you want to change the way your mouse pointer appears. You can choose from these default options and change the color and size of the cursor. Heres how to do it.

Step 1: Click the Start button on the taskbar and launch the Settings app.

Settings in the Start menu

Alternatively, you can use the search bar to search for settings.

Step 2: Navigate to the Accessibility option using the pane on the left.

access option

Step 3: Scroll down to the Mouse pointer and touch section and click on it.

Mouse pointer and touch

The fourth step: You can choose from 4 types of mouse pointers. Click the person you want to see in effect.

Select the mouse pointer

Fifth step: Use the slider under Pointer Style Options to adjust the size of the mouse pointer.

Cursor size

Sixth step: The rightmost mouse cursor style supports different colors. If the option is available, you will see a color palette to choose from.

Mouse pointer color

Seventh step: Scroll down and tap the text cursor to edit it.

Text pointer

Step 8: You can enable or disable the text cursor indicator and change the color and size.

Change the mouse pointer

Step 9: There is also a slider at the bottom to adjust the thickness of the text cursor.

Pointer thickness

Windows 11 provides the above options as default style and tweaks.. However, you can go ahead and change your mouse pointer to a custom icon or an image of your choice. You don’t have to limit yourself to the four available options. Heres how to do it.

How to change the mouse pointer to a custom icon

If you like to customize the interface according to your choices, Windows 11 lets you completely change the look and feel of your mouse pointer as well. Here’s how to add a custom icon as your mouse pointer in Windows 11.

Step 1: Download a custom indicator package or an icon that you would like to use as an indicator. There is a lot that you can find on the Internet from different sources. If you don’t want to download third-party options, there are some icons by default that you can use in Windows 11.

Step 2: Click the Start button on the taskbar and launch the Settings app.

Settings in the Start menu

Step 3: Go to Bluetooth and devices in the left pane.

Bluetooth and devices

The fourth step: Scroll down and select the Mouse option on the right.

Mouse Settings

Fifth step: Click Additional Mouse Settings.

Additional mouse settings

Sixth step: This will bring up a dialog with Mouse properties. You can change advanced settings related to the mouse pointer from the window.

Mouse properties

Seventh step: Click on the Indicators tab at the top.


Step 8: In the Personalization section, click on the type of indicator you want to change. You can change all types of indicators listed here.

Change pointer type

Step 9: Once you select the indicator to change, click Browse.

Browse button

A File Explorer window should now appear. If you downloaded a third-party indicator package, you can go to the folder where it is saved. Other than that, you can use the indicator options listed by default.

Cursor Options

Step 10: Select the mouse pointer you want to use, and then click Open.

Select the mouse pointer

Windows will change the mouse pointer to your choice. You can continue to select other options. Leave it as is if you’re done making changes.

new indicator

Step 11: After changing all the required indicators, click “Apply” and then “OK”.

Apply button

Windows will apply all selected changes to the mouse pointer. If you change your mind later, you can always follow the steps above and assign it to something else. You can also download various third-party icons and cycle through them to see which one looks best for you.

To match your cursor customizations, check out our guides on how to change icons on Windows 11 and customize the Start menu for a more personalized experience.

Use the unique mouse pointer

The best part about having the customization options is that you show the sides of the computer just the way you want it. Simply download a funky icon of your choice and bring up your brand new unique mouse pointer!

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