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How to Change the Mouse Pointer on Windows 11

Dec 26, 2023

The mouse pointer (also called pointer) is a graphical image on a computer screen that indicates the position where the mouse is pointing. It is typically an arrow, but it can change into different shapes depending on the context, such as a hand when hovering over a hyperlink or a spinning wheel when the system is busy.

The mouse pointer is an essential part of the user interface on Windows OS. If you are tired of the default appearance of your mouse pointer, want to personalize its appearance or improve visibility, you can easily change it by using the 3 methods we are going to introduce in this article to customize your mouse pointer on Windows 11.

Method Ⅰ Using Settings

Step 1. Open Accessibility in Settings

Press the Windows key to open the Start menu, then click on the Settings (gear) icon. In the Settings app, select the Accessibility tab from the left sidebar.

Step 2. Select Mouse pointer and touch

Under Vision, choose Mouse pointer and touch.

Step 3. Select a style

Pick one of the Mouse pointer style and use the Size slider to adjust the pointer size. You can also select Custom (the far-right option) to pick a color.

Method Ⅱ Using Control Panel

Step 1. Open Control Panel

Open the Control Panel on your Windows 11.

Step 2. Select mouse settings

First click on Ease of Access (View by Category), then select Change how your mouse works.

Step 3. Change the Mouse Pointer

Choose the color and size of mouse pointers under Mouse pointers and select Apply then OK to confirm and save your changes.

Method Ⅲ Using Mouse Properties

Step 1. Open Settings

Click on the Windows taskbar Search box. Type “Settings” and select it from the results.

Step 2. Navigate to Mouse Settings

Select Bluetooth & devices in the left sidebar. Navigate to Mouse > Additional mouse settings from the right sidebar.

Step 3. Select Pointers

In the Mouse Properties window, select the Pointers tab.

Step 4. Customize the Pointer

  • Choose a pointer scheme (size, color, etc.) from the dropdown menu under Scheme. If you have downloaded a custom pointer pack, it will also appear in the list to be chosen by you.
  • Customize individual pointer states by choosing a custom file after selecting Browse.

Step 5. Save the work

Click Apply and then OK to save the changes to your pointer.

Bottom Line

We have discussed step-by-step instructions on how to change the mouse pointer on Windows 11 using 3 different methods. If you have other computer-related questions, you can visit WiseCleaner to learn more.