Pointer or Mouse cursor is such a thing on the desktop, that is visible almost everywhere and every time. Most of the actions like selecting an option, accessing a folder, playing games etc. are carried out using the mouse cursor.
A white colored, tilted arrow with black outline is the default pointer in Windows 10. Technically, the pointer traces the movement of the mouse or any other pointing device. Well, in different occasions, the pointer changes to different shapes, like while typing it appears as a vertical bar, on hovering over a link the pointer turns into a hand, whereas an hourglass or a spinning circle appears when the system is busy with an operation.
Creative people love to customize their stuff and make it look uncommon and innovative. Windows 10 allows you to change the pointer to some other design. Various styles are already available in Windows, out of which you can select one for your mouse pointer. Let us see how!
Steps to Change the Pointer in Windows 10
Step 1: Go to Settings and open Devices.
Here, you will find Settings for devices like printers, scanners along with Mouse & Touchpad. You can manage the behaviour of the devices using the options provided in these settings.
Step 2: Select Mouse & Touchpad from the left-pane.
However, you can directly reach this window from the desktop by typing “Mouse Settings” in the search box.
This opens a window for mouse settings. The functionalities of the mouse that can be supervised using these options are:
- Primary button: You can change the primary button of the mouse. (which is left-click by default)
- Mouse Scroll: You can choose what is to be scrolled in a single roll of the scroll button of the mouse, either multiple lines or the whole screen at a time.
- Additional mouse options: Additional settings are provided at the bottom which contains various mouse properties.
Step 3: Click on Additional mouse options. (as shown in the image above)
This opens a window named Mouse Properties. The properties of the mouse are divided into five categories which are presented as five tabs including:
- Buttons: It has the options related to the primary, secondary buttons, speed of double click etc.
- Pointer: This tab deals with the appearance of the pointer.
- Pointer Options: This tab contains the options related to the motion of the pointer.
- Wheels: Here, you can handle the behaviour of the wheel of the mouse.
- Hardware: This tab provides information about the properties of the mouse.
Step 4: Open the Pointer tab.
There are two sections in this tab, namely Scheme and Customize.
- Every scheme owns a complete set of unique pointers for each occasion.
- This set is displayed in the customize section where you can change the pointer for a particular occasion using the customize option.
Step 5: Select a scheme of your choice from the drop-down, and its preview will appear.
Step 6: Click on Apply and OK. The pointer will change to the selected scheme.
To change the pointer for a particular occasion, follow the steps given below:
Step 1: In the customize section, double click the pointer which you want to change.
This will open the list of available cursors.
Step 2: Select the cursor you like and click Open.
You will see the pointer of the occasion is replaced with the one you have selected.
Step 3: Click on Apply and OK.
That’s it! In this way, you can change the mouse pointer in Windows 10.