Solved Change made to mouse cursor doesn't take effect in Windows 7

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November 10, 2014 at 09:43:42
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Pentium D 925
I wish to change the standard arrow of my mouse to one of my choosing. I have opened personalization on the desktop, but the "arrow" I choose does not take effect. Surely I'm missing something. Any help?

Thanks a bunch, Uncle Dewey


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November 10, 2014 at 16:58:58
You said in the original post that you opened personalization
on the desktop. I presume that you then clicked "Change mouse
pointers" in the left panel. The "Pointers" tab opens, with the
"Normal Select" pointer highlighted in the list. If that is the pointer
you wanted to replace, you then probably clicked "Browse" and
selected one of the pointers in the "Cursors" folder -- maybe a
larger arrow. Is that what you did? Which cursor did you replace,
and which cursor did you replace it with?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



#1
November 10, 2014 at 13:52:18
Are these the ones found in the windows/cursors directory folder? If you have downloaded custom cursors and they are stored somewhere else, you will find that it won't stick on log back on or a restart of the computer. If that is the case, you could create a sub folder in the cursors directory and call it custom cursors and place your custom ones in there. This way your not placing custom ones along with windows 7 default ones. Makes it easy to find the custom ones if you want to delete any of them. On my computer I have desktop themes back from the windows 98 days. Its cursor files has this path for the Lone Ranger theme. Windows/cursors/Lone Ranger All the cursors related to this theme I place in the Lone Ranger folder I created. Works great in windows 7.

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#2
November 10, 2014 at 13:59:18
I'm trying to use one of the standard cursors.

Thanks for your interest. Uncle Dewey


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#3
November 10, 2014 at 15:23:59
Have you been to "Control Panel > Mouse" and checked there?

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#4
November 10, 2014 at 15:48:19
I have now and there is no option to change the cursor.

Thanks for your interest. Uncle Dewey


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#5
November 10, 2014 at 16:24:55
Very strange. Every mouse I've ever had, even the cheapest and simplest ones, had pointer cursor options in Control Panel > Mouse > Pointers tab.

EDIT:
Is there not even a Pointers tab?

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November 10, 2014 at 16:58:58
✔ Best Answer
You said in the original post that you opened personalization
on the desktop. I presume that you then clicked "Change mouse
pointers" in the left panel. The "Pointers" tab opens, with the
"Normal Select" pointer highlighted in the list. If that is the pointer
you wanted to replace, you then probably clicked "Browse" and
selected one of the pointers in the "Cursors" folder -- maybe a
larger arrow. Is that what you did? Which cursor did you replace,
and which cursor did you replace it with?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
November 10, 2014 at 18:49:00
I erred, there is a mouse selection which is the same cursor selection when I invoke the mouse election from the desktop, but neither one invokes my new cursor.

Alas, Uncle Dewey


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#8
November 10, 2014 at 19:23:27
Silly question but you did OK your way out? I usually hit Apply (if available) and then OK.

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#9
November 11, 2014 at 08:03:12
I did "hit" apply. I did this on my last computer (it "died") and it did change my cursor to a pen.

Uncle Dewey


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#10
November 11, 2014 at 08:32:10
What sort of mouse is it (corded, wireless etc) and does it have a software disk with it?

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#11
November 11, 2014 at 08:39:48
It is cordless with a device plugged into a USB connection. It was working in my previous computer with the same mouse. Although it is a relatively new mouse so it is possible I changed cursors with the previous mouse which was also cordless and connected through a USB connection.

Uncle Dewey


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#12
November 11, 2014 at 09:25:51
Did it have a disk with it?

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#13
November 11, 2014 at 10:53:58
If it didn't come with a disk, the mouse manufacturer might require
users to download the software, instead.

I'm using a wired Logitech mouse with no special software.
I was able to change the "Normal select" pointer from the basic
(no theme) arrow to the large Aero pen just now. And back.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#14
November 11, 2014 at 11:08:02
I don't think it had a disk. I'm a bit busy and will check in to it very late today or tomorrow. I can always call Staples tech desk--it is their mouse. Will let you know.

Thanks again, Uncle Dewey


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#15
November 17, 2014 at 11:55:58
Well, I really hate to confess, but "I have discovered the enemy and it is me!". I just was not doing the right thing, and who knows why. I'm very sorry to take up all of your time for a non-computer/mouse problem.

Thanks for your interest and for putting up with me. Uncle Dewey


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#16
November 17, 2014 at 12:37:07
Good to hear you got it sorted and thanks for popping back to let us know.

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