Top 10 Best Mouse Cursor Schemes for Windows

In a previous article we looked into how to customise mouse pointers in Windows 7. We would like to continue the discussion by sharing the best mouse pointer schemes you can find for both Windows 7 and older versions of Windows. We spent quite a bit of time looking for cool stuff and this is what we recommend.

The Best Mouse Cursor Schemes

  • Metro X Cursor Set - By far our favourite, the Metro X package gives your computer the default cursor scheme that is included in the upcoming Windows 8.
    Mouse Pointer Schemes
  • New Mac OS X Cursors - You might be tempted to try a set of cursors made to look like the ones from Mac OS X. This set contains six different styles of cursors. Install the INF file that matches the style you would like to use. Alternatively, install every INF for each style in the set. The cursors are distributed in a ".rar" archive. If you have trouble extracting it, try 7-Zip, a powerful open source file archiver which supports almost all imaginable formats for archives.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Gant Cursor Pack - This cursor set is based on the popular Gant icon set that is used for customizing Windows, Linux, smartphones, etc. This set contains 2 color schemes: yellow and blue, each of which has two sets. In other words, there are totally 4 sets of cursors, which are in 4 separate folders. The cursors are distributed in a ".rar" archive. If you have trouble extracting it, try 7-Zip, a powerful open source file archiver which supports almost all imaginable formats for archives.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Hello Cursor - For those who love the worldwide phenomenon that is Hello Kitty, here is a cursor set featuring the cute Japanese icon. This set does not contain an INF file. It also is not a complete set, meaning it only has the cursors illustrated in the below image. However it can be used if you follow the recommendations in the section below.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Direction - A more unusual set of pointers, which you might actually enjoy. The cursors are distributed in a ".rar" archive. If you have trouble extracting it, try 7-Zip, a powerful open source file archiver which supports almost all imaginable formats for archives.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Crystal Clear Cursors - This is a beautiful cursor scheme based on the popular Crystal project. The only one from the list that isn't from DeviantArt. This cursor pack does not include an INF file for an easy installation. However it can be used if you follow the recommendations in the section below.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Mario Gant - A set of hand cursors based on the Super Mario character. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • UNDERsized - A simple and small sized set of cursors for those who like really small icons.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Krystall - A pretty unique and colorful icon set. This cursor pack does not include an INF file for an easy installation. However it can be used if you follow the recommendations in the section below. Also, use 7-Zip, a powerful open source file archiver, to extract the contents of the archive.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

  • Oxygen Cursors - Originally created for KDE, this icon set was ported to Windows and is the most popular icon set of all time at DeviantArt. This set contains 37 different color schemes. The cursors are distributed in a ".7z" archive, the format used by 7-Zip, a powerful open source file archiver which supports almost all imaginable formats for archives.

    Mouse Pointer Schemes

This is just a sample of the different cursors available. We simply tried to share the schemes we liked best. If you feel like searching for more, don’t hesitate to try Windows Cursors section on DeviantArt.

Installing a Mouse Cursor Scheme

Although we covered the different ways to change mouse pointers, mouse schemes downloaded via the Internet can be installed through an INF file (stands for information) usually included (although not all the time) in the archive file that you download.

After downloading the archive file containing the cursors you want to install, extract it to a temporary location on your computer. Open the folder and locate the .INF file. Right-click on it and select Install. Then make any confirmations that might be required for the mouse scheme to get installed.

Mouse Pointer Schemes

Next, open the the mouse pointer scheme customisation window. You should see the new scheme in the drop-down menu, in the Pointers tab.

Mouse Pointer Schemes

If there is no INF file included in the archive, follow the directions found here - How to Customize Mouse Cursors/Pointers in Windows 7 & Windows 8 - to install the new cursors manually, one by one.