To diversify the appearance of the operating system, many users, as a rule, change the wallpaper on the desktop, install a more attractive "Taskbar" or transfer it, for example, to the upper area of the screen. You can also change the sound alerts and cursors.
Yes, users often do not pay attention to this small element of the interface, but by setting yourself instead of the standard white pointer any other, you will notice how the appearance of the OS will change, will become more “alive”.
Experienced users know how to install cursors for Windows 7. However, if you are just starting to study the computer, the information below will help you understand all the nuances of replacing mouse pointers. You will learn what types of cursors are, you can independently, using one of the methods, install them.
What do the extensions ".cur", ".ani", ".inf" mean?
The pointers you download may have different extensions:
- ".Cur" - the usual cursors, come in any color, shape, size. As a rule, most users install such pointers on their computers.
- ".Ani" - animated mouse cursors for Windows 7 and other versions. If you want to "revive" this element of the operating system, you can use these pointers. On the Internet you can find and download animated sets that will appeal to any user.
- "Inf." - files intended for automatic installation of pointers have such an extension.
So, with the extensions, everything is clear, so you will learn how to install cursors for Windows 7.
Replacing the pointer through the "Control Panel"
To change the mouse cursor, click “Start” and enter the “Control Panel”. Here install small icons and go to the “Mouse” section. Now, by opening the "Pointers" tab, you can selectively change each cursor or change the scheme (this includes a set of pointers). It is also possible to remove the cursor shadow or, on the contrary, turn on its display.
Installing Windows 7 cursors is as follows. On the "Pointers" tab, in the "Settings" subsection, click LMB on the cursor that you want to change, and then click "Browse." A window will appear where you can choose one of the suggested "Windows" options.
If you downloaded an archive with a set of pointers, then you need to unpack it in this folder - C: \ Windows \ Cursors, in order to be able to install them later.
When you change the mouse cursors for Windows 7, you will need to save the schema by clicking the appropriate button.
How to change the pointer using "Personalization"
You can set a new cursor through the "Personalization" section. Right-click on the desktop and in the context menu specify the option in question. There was a page where in the menu on the left you will need to click on the link "Change mouse pointers."
You already know how to change the Windows 7 cursor, so just follow the steps above. Go back to “Settings” and select the most attractive, in your opinion, mouse pointer that you previously downloaded from the Internet.
By the way, when you open the “Mouse” section, go to the “Pointer Parameters” tab. Here you can set the cursor speed and some effects. For example, ticking the option to display the mouse track, you will see that a kind of tail will “drag” behind the pointer. In order not to search for the cursor, set the checkbox near the corresponding function. Press the "Ctrl" button - the lost pointer will immediately appear on the screen.
If you wish, you can install the entire collection of cursors at once, rather than manually changing each option. To perform this operation, you need to download a set of cursors. At the same time, you need to see if a file with the extension ".inf" is present in it. If there is such a file, then right-click on it and select “Install” in the context menu. Then through the PU or "Personalization" open the section "Mouse", on the tab "Pointers" pay attention to the subsection "Scheme". Select the one you downloaded from the network and sent to the “Cursors” folder. Click "Apply".
Knowing how to set the cursors for Windows 7 using the “.inf” file, you can save time because you do not need to change each pointer manually. But remember that it is not always possible to find a good collection of cursors that suits you completely. By the way, when downloading the set, pay attention to the site’s reputation (install, for example, the WOT extension).
Of course, some users may say that it is not at all necessary to change any elements of the operating system; it is better to leave the standard wallpaper, mouse pointers, Taskbar and other options. However, in reality this is a personal matter of each person.
After all, you probably sometimes want to change the situation in the apartment, rearranging furniture or performing at least redecoration. So people who work at the computer, need a change of scenery.
So, now you know how to install cursors for Windows 7, so you can update the OS indexes at any time.