Make a Really Cool Cursor in Paint

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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!

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    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!

    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!

    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!!!!

    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

    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.)

    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???

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