Stardock specializes in customizing Windows 10 PCs, so when they announced CursorFX last month, I was eager to try it out. CursorFX allows you to replace the default cursor on Windows 10. You can choose between the app's library of preinstalled cursors, grabbing additional cursors online, or making your own. The app doesn't just replace the cursor used for pointing. You can use it to replace any instance your mouse appears on the screen, including the loading animation and the hand that appears when you hover over links.
CursorFX is available as a standalone app for $5 from Stardock (opens in new tab). You can also get it as part of Stardock's Object Destkop (opens in new tab) for $30, which also comes with a collection of other apps.
$5 (opens in new tab)Bottom line: CursorFX just works. It's a great tool to customize your mouse cursor on Windows 10, and it has virtually unlimited customization options.
- Allows you to customize your cursors
- Supports high DPI screens
- Uses almost no CPU power or RAM
- Creating your own cursors can be time-consuming
What you'll love about CursorFX
I'll save you some time if you're in a hurry. Stardock hit another one out of the park with CursorFX, it just works. It allows you to swap your cursor and any pointer on Windows 10 with a vast library of replacements. You can choose from the app's preinstalled selection, such as Fluent and Fluent Dark, or go online to WinCustomize and grab some designs. You can also elect to make your own, though this can take a bit of time since Windows 10 has so many cursors. Luckily, if you create your cursor group and just swap out a couple of options, CursorFX leaves the rest alone as Windows 10's default cursors.
Around the same time that I started using CursorFX, we tweeted out that the default Windows 10 cursor is asymmetrical. Now, there's an argument to be made that the pointer is asymmetrical on purpose and that it works better that way, but I still wanted to try a symmetrical one. I made a basic white cursor that's just an arrow at an angle and tried it out. I also played around with a cursor for when I hover over links, and I themed it on the Windows 10 emoji for pointing a finger (👆).
If you're more adventurous, you can try out a vast range of cursors, ranging from mild to wild. Personally, I don't want an animated water dropper as a cursor, but if you do, it's there.
I've used my custom cursors for the last couple of weeks and just forgot about swapping them over. CursorFX runs in the background and uses almost no CPU power or RAM. It averages around 0-0.1 percent CPU usage on my PC and only takes up 1MB of RAM. That's hardly a noticeable sacrifice.
What you'll dislike about CursorFX
There's not a lot to dislike about CursorFX. It works well, and I haven't run into any serious bugs. The only real downside I could find is that it can take a lot of time to create your own group of cursors. Windows 10 has a lot of different cursors, such as busy, resizing, and text select. If you're designing your own cursors, you'll have to take some time to replace each type of cursor. That's not really Stardock's fault, though; it's just something to be aware of if you want to replace all of your cursors.
Should you buy CursorFx?
If you want to customize your mouse cursors, you should grab CursorFX. It's not that expensive and just runs in the background. There are plenty of cursors to choose from within the app and online. I like that there's an option to create your own cursors, though it can take a bit of time to replace all of them.
The only real question about an app like CursorFX is if you think it's worth it. Some people consider tweaking Windows to be old hack and prefer to stick to its defaults. If you like to play around with Windows and make it look exactly how you like, CursorFX is another tool to add to your library.
Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org (opens in new tab).
As a low vision user, who has stayed with windows for their accessibility support on pc and phone, this tool really fills a gap for me. When switching in or out of high contrast mode, or in and out of a game, windows defaults back to a small (non accessible) pointer. Having this sitting in the tray to override whatever windows does really helps.
did you try some of the pointer settings like magnified?
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