From WinCustomize Wiki
CursorXP is an application that allows you to use and create custom cursors for Windows. CursorXP is available as a free version, and a Plus version which adds features such as special effects, colorization, trail effects, and much more.
There are thousands of cursors available to download from sites such as WinCustomize.com.
Update: CursorXP has been replaced with CursorFX
How to use CursorXPStardock Central or Impulse. Once you have downloaded a CursorXP theme then you can simply double-click it to install it, or drag it to your themes folder in the CursorXP directory. From the CursorXP configuration screen you just choose a new cursor by selecting them from the drop down menu.
Hit "apply" and you should have a new cursor for your desktop.
Depending on which version you are using, more options can be configured through the CursorXP configuration window, or your mouse properties window.
Creating your own custom cursor
Creating your own custom cursor is very simple. CursorXP can accept .CUR, .ANI and .ICO formats, along with .BMP files as well. To use CursorXP to it's fullest potential a .PNG format is used as it's the most flexible and it's contains transparency information which gives it a big advantage over using other image formats.
Once you have the graphics needed, you can modify a theme, or select "new theme" from the drop-down menu. From there you click "configure" and you can then import your graphics into the various cursor states. There are several tutorials available that go into much greater detail.
1.31, December 2004
Documentation & Help
- CursorXP: Basics
- CursorXP: Hue Shifting
- Creating custom non-animated cursor
- Creating basic animated cursor