Download Your Own Instructables Robot Cursors

There simply is no doubt that Instructables is an incredible website. Unfortunatley, one can not spend all their computer time browsing Instructables. Perhaps this is merely the realization of an unavoidable truth: that our busy lives don't leave enough time to faithfully give our respects to the orange robot who rules our bizarre craft-oriented cult. How could one possibly solve such a predicament? In true Instructables fashion, I decided to address this dire concern by making things myself! I decided my windows computer interface needed to be instructable-ized, so I appointed the instructaables robot as my official cursor. He has lights that blink, antennas that wiggle, and he clicks to my command. He has become a whole series of cursors that appear on my computer. If you fancy these little robot pointers, you may take one of each! I am sharing the cursors with my fellow indestructablers. Just un-zip the files, select them as your cursors in your computer's preferences and dang skippy, you got yourself a instructablized computer! Please tell me what you think, and thanks for reading, and hacking!  -Skyfinity Edit: I haven't once looked at this page since I wrote it ages ago. I was thirteen. I find it incredible that I grew up with Instructables and Maker culture as a whole. It's a gift only hundreds of strangers on the internet could give a young, aspiring creator. Also, I loved having these cursors.

Posted by Skyfinity 10 years ago


how can i get the cursor position using cmd?

How can i get the cursor position using cmd?

Asked by Fox-san48 8 years ago


Instructables Cursors/Pointers

I have made a pack of Instructables robot cursors/pointers. I have also included an Instructables background. If you have any comments, or suggestions for improvement, post them below.A thanks goes to n8man for the Instructables Link Select cursor/pointer.

Posted by aeromancy 9 years ago



Cursoring down

When I cursor down some distance on an Instructable, before I've even finished the presentation, it automatically jumps back to the top and starts all over. Could it be AutoPager, do you think? If not, what else?

Posted by hfrankjr 3 years ago


Can someone make me a custom made cursor?

I have two photo shops and neither makes cursors is there anyone out there willing to help me please and thanks in advance! I want a JLO logo cursor. I have the pic if you need it to make it.

Posted by jayra77 11 years ago


I have this blinking cursor problem. Anyway to stop this. Is it possible to block updates in windows xp?

Cursor on screen also blinks. This happens after "updates" which are usually automatic.  After about 5 shutdowns/start ups, the blinking stops????? Anyone know what to do to prevent this?  Also, is there a way to block updates in windows xp?   Thanks. Cman

Asked by Creativeman 8 years ago


how do I stop the mouse cursor blinking in windows xp? Answered

I have an HP Pavilion ze4200 with 192 MB RAM, Windows XP SP2, 40 GB HD. When the hard drive is operating so that I can open programs and work with files etc. the cursor starts flashing madly, and when I press any key the hard drive keeps working but the cursor stops flashing. Any reason for this?

Asked by erikals 8 years ago


CS4 Photoshop: Help with cursor

I downloaded the trial of PS CS4, and It's great! But for some reason, no matter what I do, the mouse stays at the hand tool. It just won't change. Any help here?

Posted by wolf555hound 9 years ago



Image notes

I have found a little bug that is very frustrating to me. The issue is with trying to see the image notes from an instructable. I have noticed that when you hold your cursor over an image, a box comes up that has the name of the step that the picture is on. The problem is that this box covers up the image note that I’m trying to read. I have to move the cursor off of the picture and then hold the cursor on a part of the image that does not have any notes until the box shows up, then go to a image note to read.  Fixing this issue will be greatly appreciated.

Posted by shaggs31 7 years ago


Can anyone give me a glovepie script to control the mouse cursor via wii classic controller?

I have searched many sites but there is nowhere. I want to control my pc and my mouse cursor like I do in fifa 2010 for wii

Asked by arv_christos 8 years ago



Typing in the Step-by-Step Editor

There is a bug when typing in the step-by-step editor. The cursor blinks over the letter not to the side of the letter.

Posted by BenjiDaa 4 years ago


An operating system on an MP4?

Hiya! I'm Michael and I always have crazy ideas. This time I want to enter inside a MP4 player memory and modify it's boring menu into a cool thing where you have a white background and you have a cursor that you can move with arrows. Is that possible to edit its memory that way?

Asked by netbus 8 years ago


Sketch a New Profile Answered

I'm not able to get pass "Sketch a New Profile" to shape the cylinder. I'm unsure were to place the cursor or how to make the lines?

Asked by labrun 1 year ago


Rich Editor? Answered

All to often when I paste something into the rich editor it loses the cursor and I have to guess where it may be -- Why?? Or is this just me?

Asked by rickharris 7 years ago


why wont my game install onto my computer?

My battlefield 1942 game froze. like. permanently. i went to delete a profile on it one day then the cursor stopped moving. the sound still played and the video in the background still played. i restarded the computer several times, and the music and video played but the cursor still wouldnt move. i uninstalled the game, and now it wont install again. in a step it asks me to choose a folder to put the game in, but theres already a folder its in (eagames).anywho when its about 30% into installing, i get this message: 'specified component cannot be found in the media. an attempt was made to acess a component that does not exist in the named media." does this have to do with chosing a folder? does that have to do with my cursor to stop working?

Asked by Acepilot42 7 years ago


Malware Advert?

I was browsing I'bles today, when i happened across this 'advert'. I had just clicked on my 'you' link at the top of the page, and had moved my cursor down to click on 'discussions'. Im guessing the header advert had a roll over link, that recognizes moving your cursor over the advert as a 'click'. You can see the details of the 'advert'. I did not click any of the links, i just clicked the reload button to get back to my 'you' page.

Posted by gmjhowe 9 years ago


help with my sketch anyone please....

const int TxPin = 6;       //lcd pin const int buttonPin1 = 2;  //pins that are for const int buttonPin2 = 3;  //buttons to open valves const int buttonPin3  =  4;                       // and pumps const int buttonPin4 = 5;    const int pumpPin = 9;        //pin that turns on the pump    const int valvePin1 = 13;        //pins that run valves const int valvePin2 = 12;       const int valvePin3 = 11; const int valvePin4 = 10; int buttonState1 = LOW;           //setting the button state to low int buttonState2 = LOW; int buttonState3 = LOW; int buttonState4 = LOW; const int PROBE1=A0, PROBE2=A1, PROBE3=A2, PROBE4=A3; int MOISTURE_LEVEL = 250;                              //the value after the valves and pump goes ON #include SoftwareSerial mySerial = SoftwareSerial(255, TxPin); void setup() {        pinMode(pumpPin,OUTPUT);    // sets pumpPin to output    pinMode(valvePin1,OUTPUT);    // sets valvePins to output    pinMode(valvePin2,OUTPUT);    pinMode(valvePin3,OUTPUT);    pinMode(valvePin4,OUTPUT);    pinMode(TxPin, OUTPUT);          //lcd pin to output    digitalWrite(TxPin, HIGH);            digitalWrite(pumpPin, LOW);         digitalWrite  (valvePin1,LOW);    digitalWrite(valvePin2,LOW);    digitalWrite(valvePin3,LOW);    digitalWrite(valvePin4,LOW);    mySerial.begin(9600);    mySerial.write(22);                // turns display on    mySerial.write(17);                // turn on lcd back light      mySerial.write(12);                 // Clear  LCD    delay(5);                          //required delay after clear Lcd                                    } void loop(){    mySerial.write(128);        // sets sets lcd cursor to line 0 space 0   mySerial.print("S1-");      mySerial.write(148);           // sets lcd cursor to line 1 space 0   mySerial.print( "S2-");      mySerial.write(168);              //sets lcd cursor to line 2 space 0   mySerial.print("S3-");      mySerial.write(188);              //sets lcd cursor to line3 space 0   mySerial.print( "S4-");      mySerial.write(132);               //sets lcd cursor to line 0 space 4   mySerial.print (analogRead(A0));    mySerial.write(152);               //sets lcd cursor to line 1 space 4   mySerial.print (analogRead(A1));    mySerial.write(172);                //sets lcd cursor to line 2 space 4   mySerial.print (analogRead(A2));     mySerial.write(192);               //sets lcd cursor to line 3 space 4   mySerial.print (analogRead(A3));                if (analogRead(A3) {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, HIGH);     digitalWrite(valvePin1, HIGH); }    else   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, LOW);     digitalWrite(valvePin4, LOW); }   if (analogRead(A1)   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, HIGH);     digitalWrite(valvePin2, HIGH); }   else   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, LOW);     digitalWrite(valvePin2, LOW); }       if (analogRead(A2)   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, HIGH);     digitalWrite(valvePin3, HIGH); }   else   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, LOW);     digitalWrite(valvePin3, LOW); }    if (analogRead(A0)   {     digitalWrite(pumpPin,HIGH );     digitalWrite(valvePin1, HIGH); }   else {     digitalWrite(pumpPin, LOW);     digitalWrite(valvePin1, LOW); }

Posted by s1im 5 years ago


Adding links issue

When I try to add links to the forum, the link itself is copied, but the link text isn't. The cursor's placed right where link text should be added, but the text is missing.

Posted by gmoon 9 years ago



How do you drag a box when you are making an ible ,so people can see what it is?

so you hold your cursor over and a description pops up?

Asked by aidanjarosgrilli 6 years ago


BF2 Error at Kit/Spawnpoint Menu

Battlefield 2 - Multiplayer Problem - After the map first loads, the "Select Checkpoint/Kit" menu pops up like normal, but I can not move the mouse cursor and the keyboard buttons do nothing in the game. Pressing Tabs-Lock makes the beep sound as if the Squad menu just popped up, but the screen stays the same (checkpoint/kit) and the mouse cursor stays in the middle of the screen. I can here the battle sounds in the background, and the checkpoint map changes flags as in real time play, but I can not start playing. This problem occurred after the game froze on 2 consecutive attempts, each freeze causing me to hard power-off the computer. After 3 attempts brought me the frozen cursor and keys, I reinstalled BF2 (just the original) and ran a virus scan. After the reinstall of the game, I tried once more to log on to Multiplayer, but it resulted in the same problem. The game has been working great for me for the past few months, and I was playing it already today.

Posted by pwn_n00bzorz 10 years ago


Battlefield 2 pc problem

Battlefield 2 - Multiplayer Problem - After the map first loads, the "Select Checkpoint/Kit" menu pops up like normal, but I can not move the mouse cursor and the keyboard buttons do nothing in the game. Pressing Tabs-Lock makes the beep sound as if the Squad menu just popped up, but the screen stays the same (checkpoint/kit) and the mouse cursor stays in the middle of the screen. I can here the battle sounds in the background, and the checkpoint map changes flags as in real time play, but I can not start playing. This problem occurred after the game froze on 2 consecutive attempts, each freeze causing me to hard power-off the computer. After 3 attempts brought me the frozen cursor and keys, I reinstalled BF2 (just the original) and ran a virus scan. After the reinstall of the game, I tried once more to log on to Multiplayer, but it resulted in the same problem. The game has been working great for me for the past few months, and I was playing it already today.

Posted by pwn_n00bzorz 10 years ago


How do I fix a certain problem in Windows XP?

During a recent freeze, I cut the power to my desktop. Now every time I restart it, it comes up with a black screen with a perfectly operational cursor that receives input from my mouse and tablet and nothing else. I read that it is because no processes are running. Now is there anything that I can do to fix this that doesn't involve me reinstalling Windows? It gives me an option to run it in a crippled "safe mode", so I can access my files.

Asked by Ausm 8 years ago


Bold Backspace Bug

Whenever i'm editing an instructable, if i hit bold, (that word gave me much aggravation) then delete a word, the cursor jumps around all over the paragraph i'm writing.

Posted by milkywaybar 6 years ago


Rich editor bug

All to often when I paste something into the rich editor it loses the cursor and I have to guess where it may be -- Why?? Happens to a lot of people. I, for one, of many would like Rich ed to be the default for the pro users.

Posted by rickharris 7 years ago


Battlefield 2 PC error @ Spawnpoint/Kit Menu

Battlefield 2 - Multiplayer Problem - After the map first loads, the "Select Checkpoint/Kit" menu pops up like normal, but I can not move the mouse cursor and the keyboard buttons do nothing in the game. Pressing Tabs-Lock makes the beep sound as if the Squad menu just popped up, but the screen stays the same (checkpoint/kit) and the mouse cursor stays in the middle of the screen. I can here the battle sounds in the background, and the checkpoint map changes flags as in real time play, but I can not start playing. This problem occurred after the game froze on 2 consecutive attempts, each freeze causing me to hard power-off the computer. After 3 attempts brought me the frozen cursor and keys, I reinstalled BF2 (just the original) and ran a virus scan. After the reinstall of the game, I tried once more to log on to Multiplayer, but it resulted in the same problem. The game has been working great for me for the past few months, and I was playing it already today.

Posted by pwn_n00bzorz 10 years ago


Hotmail formatting problem - a question from my mother. Answered

My mother uses Hotmail (Windows, IE), and is having an issue with formatting.  Whilst typing an email, the formatting buttons (bold, underline etc) do not all work. They are visible, and if you hover the cursor over them they will tell you what they should do, but nothing actually happens. Worse (for her), the emoticon button isn't working either. Click on it, and the selection of emoticons appears, but none will work. Does anybody have a fix that can be described over the phone to a woman near the end of her seventh decade, who refers to the cursor as "the blinky thing", and who has to keep the instructions for cutting and pasting written down beside her computer?

Asked by Kiteman 4 years ago


Still running my XP, does anyone know of a simple Paint like program that has Smudge ?

Smudge is a feature that smears adjacent pixel groups to a in between color.   If the cursor diameter is small it may smudge two pixels or a larger cursor diameter it has more involved action under click and drag... Microsoft had that feature at one time... I really don't need huge drawing program, something intuitive would be nice. Heavy experience on my part is I know how to use CIRCAD for circuit Capture and manual PCB layout..

Asked by iceng 2 years ago


Instructable editor pastes content in the wrong place

When pasting content into the Instructables editor, the content doesn't always get inserted at the cursor's location. To reproduce:  1. Start a new Instructable, and edit the first step.  2. Enter some dummy text, followed by a newline.  3. Use the "formatting" menu to change the current format to "code".  A grey box will appear.  Place the cursor inside the box.  4. Copy some source code (from a separate editor or a separate tab) and paste it into the grey box. What should happen:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted inside of the grey box. What actually happens:  - The content on the clipboard is pasted immediately after the grey box. A partial workaround is to paste the code first, then highlight it and switch the formatting to "source".  Pasting the code when formatting as normal text causes the code to be modified, however (whitespace and newlines get mangled/combined).  Aside from being annoying, this can break code in languages where whitespace is significant (like Python).  The paste function should work as expected, and insert the pasted content as-is at the current cursor location. I am currently running Firefox v52.0.2 on Windows 7 (64-bit).

Posted by sparkchaser 1 year ago


Login unrecognized to allow comment

Good day! I wanted to leave a comment for one of the instructables, but when I place my cursor in the comment field, the login screen pops up. I entered my username and password which appears to work, as the page reloads, but when I scroll back down to the comment box and click to place my cursor, the same action occurs (the login popup appears). Thinking it may have been an incorrect password, I requested a password reset, followed instructions and was successful in changing the password. Back to the 'ible and lo and behold the same action occurs. I tried Safari and FireFox (current version) on Mac (10.9.1) to no avail. Help! Julie

Posted by MacCupcake 4 years ago


Problem with trackpad on Dell Latitude D820 Answered

Is there a way to turn of the 'tap to click' feature on my Dell Latitude D820? It's really been bothering me. For example, I'll be typing a paper and then my hand will brush the trackpad, moving the cursor to elsewhere on the page. Any help will be appreciated. 

Asked by black hole 5 years ago


How do I tag a photo so that the yellow text box shows up

So when i upload a picture, how do i tag specific areas of that image so that when scrolling the cursor over the yellow box, additional text appears?

Posted by schnurrbart 9 years ago


computer not responding!!!?

My computer will run great for 10 minutes and all of a sudden everything will go (not responding) in the top bar and then the loading symbol apears as my cursor.... what is going wrong? is it a virus? hardware poblem what! i have a acer laptop with windows vista installed.... please help or my mom is gonna kill me!

Asked by redsuit09 8 years ago


Text boxes covered up by Image Name

Whenever I put the cursor over a text box a small box with the image info pups up covering up the text so I can't read it. I would like this to stop please as it is annoying. How do I make it stop?

Posted by mcadwell 10 years ago


no possibility to scroll down in the last two newsletters.

I have a problem with your last two newsletters. I can't scroll through the newsletter. The older newsletters do not have this problem. If I save the newsletter e-mail as an html page, I can scroll through it with the cursor keys, not with the mouse because there is no scrollbar... Maybe a CSS error?

Posted by MerlinTheGreat 6 years ago


RPI.GPIO doesn't return?

The code in this class has worked fine until now. Typing "import RPI.GPIO as GPIO just makes the cursor go to the next line with no prompt, no erros, not text, nothing. It will stay there for at least several minutes. gives a new prompt. does nothing. just prints "^X". "ls" and "sudo apt-get update" do what they are supposed to do.

Asked by SherpaDoug 1 year ago



how to make this type of pictures? Answered

Some pictures have box like line structure on the things in the picture which if we take the cursor on shows some sentences on the box.how tp make that type of picture.here is a link to a instructable which contain many of such type of pictures:https://www.instructables.com/id/5-Minute-DIY-Motor/.please takt a look and tell me how to make.

Asked by aninda13 4 years ago


my computer is on the fritz

My computer about once a day out of nowhere either: Freezes BSOD nothing works except the cursor, even after an hour of waiting This is really tough on me because I need to finish my german course by the 19th or I'm screwed, and my computer is being retarded. Any help??? BTW reinstalling windows is not an option

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 years ago


Bugs: Ordered List Malfunction

I'm just regularly typing and use ordered list then it malfunction, as if the cursor doesn't locate to '1' and cannot be deleted. 1.) Windows 8.1 Pro 2.) Google Chrome 3.) https://www.instructables.com/editInstructable/edit/E7YZME5IR5MV53U/step/1 4.) Added Screen Shots 5.) It happens in repetitive use of Ordered List

Posted by ephtermulo 1 year ago


How to fix frozen logitech mouse? Answered

About once a week the cursor/mouse on my computer at work freezes.  The only way to get things working again is to shut off the power to the harddrive and reboot everything.  This is REALLY aggravating.  Is there a less drastic way to fix this?  I am using a Logitech wireless mouse and running Windows XP.

Asked by CatTrampoline 6 years ago



expnding text in tinkercad? Answered

How do I expand the text, I click on the box that says text and nothing happens, when i move my cursor over the work area the word text appears with the window at the top right where sizes and other things can be changed. A couple of hours ago I got it to open and it gave me all of the letters and numbers but now will not open.

Asked by twhagen 1 year ago


Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard interference ? Answered

Hi, I have a mouse and a keyboard from different brands connected by Bluetooth to my RPi. The problem is that when I move the cursor, the keyboard stops working, and when I type something, the mouse stops working. Is this normal? Also, there is a lightning on the top right of the screen, what does it means and does it have anything to with my problem?Thank you!

Asked by JoséLuis MV 1 year ago



Why doesn't text appear in my instructable "foot operated computer mouse?" Answered

Rolling cursor over the horizontal line of steps and their photos at the top proves that the text was uploaded. However, the text does not appear if an individual step is clicked or in the pdf version. Is there something I need to do differently? This is my 25th Instructable, and I have never seen this problem before. unclesam

Asked by unclesam 9 years ago


import RPi.GPIO as GPIO .. same issue as SherpaDoug? Answered

The code in this class has worked fine until now. Typing "import RPI.GPIO as GPIO just makes the cursor go to the next line with no prompt, no errors, not text, nothing. It will stay there for at least several minutes. gives a new prompt. D> does nothing. just prints "^X". "ls" and "sudo apt-get update" do what they are supposed to do.

Asked by dkrcarter 1 year ago