Accessibility Change Mouse Pointer Style, Color, and Size in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to change mouse pointer style, color, and size for your account in Windows 11.

The mouse pointer, which is sometimes referred to as the cursor, is a bitmap that specifies a focus point on the screen for user input with the mouse.

You can change the mouse pointer style, color, and size to make it easier to see in Windows 11.


Your mouse pointer settings are saved to the two registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Cursors

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Accessibility



Contents

  • Option One: Change Mouse Pointer Style, Color, and Size in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Mouse Pointer Scheme in Control Panel




Option One

Change Mouse Pointer Style, Color, and Size in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accessibility on the left side, and click/tap on Mouse pointer and touch on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Mouse pointer and touch settings

Mouse_pointer_Settings-1.png

3 Under Mouse pointer, select the White (default), Black, Inverted, or Custom Mouse pointer style you want. (see screenshots below step 4)

4 Select the Size (1 to 15) you want. (see screenshots below)

1 is the default size.


Mouse_pointer_Settings-2.png
Mouse_pointer_Settings-3.png
Mouse_pointer_Settings-4.png
Mouse_pointer_Settings-5.png

5 If you selected the Custom Mouse pointer style, then do step 6 (recommended colors), step 7 (choose another color], or step 8 (specify custom RGB or HSV color] below for how you want to specify a color.

6 Select Color from "Recommended colors"

A) Select a color you want under Recommended colors, and go to step 9. (see screenshot below)​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-5.png

7 Choose color from "Choose another color"

A) Click/tap on Choose another color. (see screenshot below)​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-5.png

B) Select a base color you want on the left side. (see screenshot below)​

C) Adjust the slider to customize the selected color.​

The color on the right side is the current color.


D) Click/tap on Done when finished, and go to step 9.​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-6.png

8 Specify custom RGB or HSV color from "Choose another color"

A) Click/tap on Choose another color. (see screenshot below)​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-5.png

B) Click/tap on More. (see screenshot below)​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-6.png

C) Select RGB or HSV in the drop menu for the type of color you want to specify. (see screenshots below)​

D) Enter the RGB or HSV values for the custom color you want.​

E) Click/tap on Done when finished, and go to step 9.​

Mouse_pointer_Settings-7.png
Mouse_pointer_Settings-8.png

9 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Mouse Pointer Scheme in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2 Click/tap on the Pointers tab. (see screenshot below)

3 Select a mouse pointer scheme you want in the Scheme drop menu.

4 Click/tap on OK.

5 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.

Mouse_pointer_scheme_Control_Panel.png



That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
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no reg key available for this tweak? Changing the colour scheme & size?
 

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Selection in Control Panel keeps changing to "None" and the cursor changes size.
 

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Selection in Control Panel keeps changing to "None" and the cursor changes size.

Hello mate, :-)

Are you making any theme changes that could be causing this to revert back?

Does using option one stick for you?
 

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Hello mate, :-)

Are you making any theme changes that could be causing this to revert back?

Does using option one stick for you?
Hello Shawn.

The issue is that things seem to be happening at random. I try to change the pointer with Option One and the cursor will increase in size later and seems to ignore the setting I have made in Control Panel. Point being, Settings overrides Control panel even if I don't make any changes in Settings. I have Windows 11 21H2 if that makes any difference.

Btw, have you had any success in setting up this forum with tenforums where the email contains the link to the comment that it is referring to?
 

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Hello Shawn.

The issue is that things seem to be happening at random. I try to change the pointer with Option One and the cursor will increase in size later and seems to ignore the setting I have made in Control Panel. Point being, Settings overrides Control panel even if I don't make any changes in Settings. I have Windows 11 21H2 if that makes any difference.

If you are signed in with a Microsoft account, turn off Remember my preferences below as a test to see if it may be syncing these settings from one of your other devices causing the change.


In addition, you can try this below to prevent changes to your theme from changing mouse pointers.

 

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This was set to 1 and I changed it to 0 and may have been the problem, but will have to wait and see.

Fingers crossed.

Btw, have you had any success in setting up this forum with tenforums where the email contains the link to the comment that it is referring to?

I reported this to John to see if he may know more about it.
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    2496 x 1664
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    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
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(y)
 

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I took a better look at a possible theme problem and it appears there was one. Cursor was set to "Magnified" and I kept changing it to "Windows Default (Large) in Control Panel; changed it in the theme.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro; 21H2, Build 22000.1281
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 3525
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 3 3250 with Radeon Graphics
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD high definition audio device; Realtek audio
    Screen Resolution
    1980x1020
I took a better look at a possible theme problem and it appears there was one. Cursor was set to "Magnified" and I kept changing it to "Windows Default (Large) in Control Panel; changed it in the theme.
:shawn:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I'm configuring a new computer, and I've set the mouse the way I want it, but this isn't being honored until I log in. How do I change the "no specific user yet" screen to match?
 

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