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Go Big and Go Free! Alternative Cursors for Windows

Giant RainbowI was recently contacted by a business looking for a larger mouse cursor, so their employee with low vision could easily locate it on the screen.  They reported that the built-in cursor offerings from Windows were just not big enough.  After a little research, I found them a solution and thought I would share it with you.

The following sites offer free cursors with a variety of colors, sizes, and many with animations.  I even found one that I am partial to from Real World Graphics called Giant Rainbow, which is not only easy to see, but brightens my day, as well!

To use, you simply download and copy them into your cursor file: C Drive>Windows>Cursors. Then go into Mouse Properties of the Control Panel and click on Browse.  Scroll down, find the new ones you copied, click on the one you like and click Apply.  Here are a few links that I tried:

  • Washington State School for the Blind has a colorful, large set for download.
  • RW-Designer has a very big library of  cursors/pointers with some nice large and colorful ones to try, many are animated.  When you search, use terms like “Big, Jumbo, Giant, and Large” in their search box.
  • Athena has one file of large cursors to choose from.
  • Ace Center has several large pointers/cursors, many with animations.  The installation process is a little different with these cursors, but they still end up in your Cursors folder.  Just follow the directions.

Have fun with your new look!

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9 Comments on “Go Big and Go Free! Alternative Cursors for Windows”

  • Jerry Nunez July 22nd, 2015 12:20 pm

    Thank you for this as I have been searching for a while for something like this. I believe the Athena ones work best for me as they are animated HUGE and very colorful and I can FINALLY see where my cursor disappears to. As I am 75% blind this helped me a lot and I wanted to thank you for helping me find the cursors I needed.

  • IPAT July 27th, 2015 8:18 am

    Glad we could help, Jerry!

  • vicsar June 27th, 2016 1:14 pm

    Hello, links need updating. Thanks for the tip.

  • IPAT June 30th, 2016 8:01 am

    Done. Thanks for the info! Jeannie

  • Cecilia March 4th, 2017 8:14 pm

    I cannot find the link to download from Washington State School for the Blind homepage. Would you please let me know where the link is? Thanks in advance.

  • IPAT March 6th, 2017 1:24 pm

    Hello Cecilia! It looks like they have updated their website, so all of their links changed. Here is an updated link for you. Jeannie

  • Maryjane Eldred October 5th, 2017 3:59 pm

    Thank you so much. The cursor is something I have struggled with since loosing my sight in the left eye several years ago. The Windows large cursor just didn’t stand up to my needs and I am hoping the rainbow will.. Thanks so much for this article.

  • Martin Evans October 30th, 2017 9:14 am


    The Rainbow Pointer is cool but on the same Real World Graphics Website, I think there is a better and full set of cursor/icons that people with reduced eyesight problems (as I have) may like and find even more useful than the single pointer!

    They are called Never Lost Rainbow Cursors by Kelinmiriel and can be found on Page 3 of Cursor Sets. Take a look, I think you’ll be impressed!


  • Jeannie Krull October 30th, 2017 11:49 am

    Thanks for the information, Martin. It is nice to see that technology is still developing and changing in this area.