Introduction: Make a Really Cool Cursor in Paint

I'm going to teach you how to make an AWESOME cursor in MS Paint.

Step 1: Starting

Open up MS Paint.

Step 2: Making the Cursor

Draw the shape of the cursor you want (make a 32x32 canvas and zoom in 8x)

Step 3: Making It 3D

Fill in the color you want your cursor to be. Then, choose dark gray and draw a line below your cursor as shown below.(you'll have to zoom in to see it)

Step 4: Finishing the Shadow

Choose light gray and draw another line under the first. Then repeat it so that the line is twice as thick.

Step 5: Finishing Up

Fill the bacground with a lime green color. Then save the cursor as cursor.bmp. Go into the my documents folder and locate the drawing. Right click it, and hit properties. Then change the file name at the top to cursor.cur or cursor.ani. Then hit APPLY, and then OK. Go into the taskbar menu and go to CONTROL PANEL. Click on MOUSE and then click POINTERS. Hit the BROWSE button and locate your cursor. Then click on it, and hit OPEN. You're finished!

Comments

author
randofo made it!(author)2008-08-19

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

author
admin made it!(author)2008-08-18

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

author
DavidC27 made it!(author)2015-09-10

OMG!!! It is SO SIMPLE... even monkey should be able to do it. Just open your mspaint and create whatever image you want to create. In fact, I assume you can use any image manipulating program for this. If all else fail, just simply go online and create your image. Then, locate your image file on your hardrive and change your image file's extension to .cur

DONE!!!!

author
kshitij.pandey.77 made it!(author)2014-12-09

good

author
Infernowolf made it!(author)2008-08-23

I have a question for you actually, in Ms paint, when you change the canvas size to 32X32, do you mean change it to pixels, centemeters, or inches

author
TheWraithDragon000 made it!(author)2014-04-15

Cursors must be the standard sprite size of 32px by 32px, otherwise they will not function. (If you want it to be smaller, use 16px by 16px retro size instead of 32x32.)

author
lolcat360 made it!(author)2008-08-24

pixels

author
xfirexdemonx made it!(author)2008-10-19

When I tried this, I did everything you said. When I went to documents, and right click the cursor pic, and changed the name, the apply button is unavailable. what did I do wrong???

author
lolcat360 made it!(author)2008-10-25

i dunno... sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. this really isnt a great instructable so downloading a cursor maker would probably be better

author
TheWraithDragon000 made it!(author)2014-04-15

thanks for the advice

author
PillsHere made it!(author)2010-05-10

guys i figured out this only works with windows xp, 98, 2000
YEP thats right! not windows vista or windows XP professional

author
TheWraithDragon000 made it!(author)2014-04-15

Oh that is why my cursor didn't work. Thanks! I'm on vista, I'll use my xp computer now.

author
%7EKnexBuild%7E made it!(author)2012-01-05

I made the .cur file, but when I try to change from the old cursor (the default windows xp cursor) to my custom made cursor the pointer just stays the same instead of changing to my new cursor.

author
TheWraithDragon000 made it!(author)2014-04-15

Me too.I had an old baby dragon cursor and when I changed to the adult it stayed as a baby...

author
Seelkadoom made it!(author)2010-05-13

I did everything correctly, I found it, but everytime I try opening it, my mouse cursor stays the same. Do I have to do someting to acess it? like restart my pc or something?

author
H3xx made it!(author)2009-10-13

I feel stupid now. :(
I've been wondering how to do this for some time and have never found a way until now. It pisses me off that it's so simple. Any way, props to a great instructale!

author
VelKroChu made it!(author)2009-05-18

ok where did it go??? i did everything that u said and when i clicked open it did nothing...

author
wenpherd made it!(author)2009-05-13

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

author
volcomfrk80 made it!(author)2008-11-26

there is no "Browse" button on mine it just says "Enable Pointer Shadow?" and then it says "Browse" after that but I tried and it just wont work D:

author
SkyWire101 made it!(author)2008-11-13

why won't it let me open my cursor??? it is .cur????

author
lolcat360 made it!(author)2008-11-20

oh... its not working for anybody. just forget about it.

author
SkyWire101 made it!(author)2008-10-09

where do i change the .bmp to a .cur???

author
lolcat360 made it!(author)2008-10-11

you right click it and go to the properties menu and you change the filename from whateveritis.bmp to whateveritis.cur (or .ani) or you could just google a converter and download it.

author
SkyWire101 made it!(author)2008-10-16

but when i change the file name it doesn't change the type of file???????????? can u put a link to converter??

author
jellobellocello made it!(author)2008-10-23

go to paint save it as blah.cur thats it

author
I3uckwheat made it!(author)2008-08-24

IE sucks

author
lolcat360 made it!(author)2008-08-27

it worked when i did it

About This Instructable

79,480views

12favorites

License:

More by lolcat360:Customize Windows XPMake a web browser in visual basicMake a really cool cursor in paint
Add instructable to: