Cursors do not change very often in Windows. There was a major update to the default cursors with the release of Windows Vista. It featured new mouse pointers in Aero style. Users who love customizing their OS might be bored to see the same set of cursors in all recent versions of Windows. Even Windows 8 which was a drastic UI change only had slight modifications to Vista's cursors. To change cursors, you need to download them, extract the files and apply them manually with the Mouse Control Panel. I decided to simplify cursor customization and released a freeware app, Cursor Commander. Let's take a closer look at what it can do for you.
The main idea of the Cursor Commander app is that it allows you to install and apply multiple new cursors with a single click. For that purpose it uses a special file extension, .CursorPack. It is actually a ZIP archive which contains the set of cursors and a special text file with instructions for the app to apply them. So the CursorPack file has an open format and one can create it even without having the app installed.
When you run the app, you will see your active cursors and a list of installed cursor themes.
To see what the installed cursor themes are, just click on the appropriate theme in the list on the right. The preview area will be updated to show you cursors of the selected cursorpack.
When you find a theme you like, just click the button "Use these cursors". The cursors will be applied to your OS. I've prepared several themes for you, so you can play with them. Click the "Get more cursors" link to get them, or use this direct link.
You can customize the cursor theme opened inside the preview - just click the individual cursor and select a file from the dialog which opens. Click "Use these cursors" to activate the changes you made.
Also, you can share your cursor themes easily with other users. Right click the theme in the list on the right and choose "Save for sharing" from its context menu. Note that you can share your custom cursors too by saving the "Current cursors" item as a new theme.
In summary, with Cursor Commander, you can install, apply and share new cursors quickly. It is more useful and faster than default options of the Mouse Control panel. Cursor Commander is a freeware application which works in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. I have not tested it, but it should work in earlier versions of Windows as well, like Windows Vista or XP with .NET 3.0 or .NET 4.x installed.
You can get more details about Cursor Commander and download it from its home page.
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One thought on “Cursor Commander: install and manage cursors with one click”
Great! Now, could you make Sound Commander? And could you add a function to mix multiple cursor packs toghether more easily? (eg. blue normal, red hand, yellow loading)… I know that that is already possible, but I would like an easier way to do it.