How to Customize the Mouse Pointer in Windows 11

Customizing the mouse pointer in Windows 11 allows you to personalize your desktop experience and make the pointer more visible and easy to use. Whether you want to change the pointer's color, size, or style, Windows 11 provides several options to help you achieve your desired look and functionality. This guide will walk you through the steps to customize the mouse pointer in Windows 11.


The mouse pointer is a crucial part of your interaction with Windows 11, and customizing it can enhance your user experience. By changing the pointer's appearance, you can improve its visibility, match it to your aesthetic preferences, or make it more accessible. Follow this guide to learn how to customize the mouse pointer in Windows 11.

Step 1: Open Settings

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Click on the Settings icon (gear icon). Alternatively, press Win + I to open the Settings app directly.

Step 2: Navigate to Accessibility

  1. In the Settings app, click on Accessibility in the left-hand sidebar.

Step 3: Access Mouse Pointer Settings

  1. In the Accessibility settings, click on Mouse pointer and touch under the Vision section.

Step 4: Change Mouse Pointer Size

  1. In the Mouse pointer and touch settings, you will see a slider under the Mouse pointer size section.
  2. Drag the slider to adjust the size of the mouse pointer. The changes will take effect immediately.

Step 5: Change Mouse Pointer Color

  1. In the same Mouse pointer and touch settings, you will see several color options under the Mouse pointer style section:

    • White: A white pointer with a black outline (default).
    • Black: A black pointer with a white outline.
    • Inverted: An inverted pointer that changes color based on the background.
    • Custom: A custom color pointer.
  2. Select the desired pointer style. If you choose Custom, click on the Choose a custom pointer color button to select your preferred color.

Step 6: Change Mouse Pointer Scheme

  1. If you want to change the entire mouse pointer scheme, including different states (e.g., normal, busy, text select), you can do so through the Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) and type "Control Panel" in the search bar. Click on the Control Panel app to open it.
  3. In the Control Panel, go to Hardware and Sound and then click on Mouse under Devices and Printers.
  4. In the Mouse Properties window, go to the Pointers tab.
  5. Under the Scheme dropdown menu, select a pointer scheme that you like.
  6. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

Step 7: Customize Individual Pointers

  1. In the Mouse Properties window (Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse), go to the Pointers tab.
  2. Select the pointer you want to change from the list under Customize.
  3. Click on Browse to select a custom pointer file (.ani or .cur) from your computer.
  4. Click Open to apply the custom pointer.
  5. Repeat the process for other pointers if desired.
  6. Click Apply and then OK to save the changes.

Additional Tips

  • Restore Defaults: If you want to revert to the default mouse pointers, go to the Pointers tab in the Mouse Properties window and click on Use Default.
  • Download Custom Pointers: You can find custom pointer packs online to further personalize your mouse pointer. Ensure you download from a reputable source to avoid malware.
  • Test Visibility: After customizing the pointer, test it in different applications and backgrounds to ensure it's visible and easy to use.


You have successfully learned how to customize the mouse pointer in Windows 11. By following these steps, you can personalize the appearance and functionality of your mouse pointer to suit your preferences and needs. Experiment with different sizes, colors, and styles to find the perfect combination that enhances your user experience.