Make a Really Cool Cursor in Paint

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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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    28 Discussions

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    randofo

    10 years ago

    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!

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    admin

    10 years ago

    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!

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    DavidC27

    3 years ago on Step 5

    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!!!!

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    Infernowolf

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    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.)

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    xfirexdemonx

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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???

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    lolcat360xfirexdemonx

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    PillsHere

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    ~KnexBuild~

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Seelkadoom

    9 years ago on Step 5

    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?

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    H3xx

    9 years ago on Step 5

    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!

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    VelKroChu

    10 years ago on Step 5

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

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    wenpherd

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    volcomfrk80

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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: