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USA Animated Cursors (all versions)
Copyright 2001-2008 by W. J. Harnden, Jr., all rights reserved.

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Some Example Cursors:

US Flag Cursor Orbiting Balls Question Mark Hand Cursor Hour Glass


A collection of animated cursors with a patriotic red, white and blue theme in commemoration of the events on 11 Sep 2001. These cursors work with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP and all true and high color video setups (greater than 256 colors). They provide a wide selection of replacements for all the standard Windows mouse pointers, including cursors for those who are left-handed. Link cursors are provided for whenever you use the "single click" setting for "folder options" in newer versions of Windows.

For those of you using Windows 2000/XP, the cursors will automatically be available for the user who makes the installation. For other users, unless they also run the install program, they will have access to the individual cursors but not the prebuilt cursor schemes.

These files are copyrighted and being released as freeware for personal, non-profit use only.
If you wish to use ANY of these cursors for ANY OTHER USE than the one stated above, including use in themes or in collections, send a request for permission via email to

I also have 3D Green, 3D Red, 3D Yellow, 3D Orange, 3D Blue, 3D Maroon, 3D Purple, Neon, Inverse, High Visibility, Christmas, New Year, and Flat Blue Animated Cursor Schemes available! For their home pages click these links.

3D Green Animated Cursors 3D Red Animated Cursors 3D Yellow Animated Cursors
3D Orange Animated Cursors 3D Purple Animated Cursors 3D Maroon Animated Cursors
3D Blue 2 Animated Cursors Neon Animated Cursors High Visibility Animated Cursors
Animated Inverse Cursor Scheme Christmas Animated Cursors New Year Animated Cursors
Flat Blue 3D Animated Cursors . .

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Download USA Animated Cursors!

Note: The sponsor for my download file requires an intermediate display page and you will have to click on the download link on that page. The file will NOT download automatically from these links.

Download Location 1: WinSite

The current version is version 1.0 released on 9/21/2001. This is the initial issue of 55 cursors. The zip file includes an install/uninstall program that works with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP.

The file is 92 KB.

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Instructions for installing USA Animated Cursors in Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP


Instructions are included in the zip file under "readme.txt." The installation instructions are repeated here for information. The installation file is designed to work with all normal default Windows installations. (If you have a non-standard installation you can copy the cursors to your "Cursors" folder after unzipping them and install them from "Control Panel" individually as described in Steps 2 and 4.) If you are not familiar with the terms used in these directions, get help from someone who is. Flat Blue 3D Animated Cursors do not have technical support.


1. Unzip the file into a temporary folder using an unzip utility such as WinZip. It is preferable to keep the default folder of "\Temp\USAcur", otherwise type in the folder used when prompted during installation for the "downloaded files". In Windows Explorer, go to the temporary folder you just made and right click on "INSTALUS.INF". Select (double click) "Install". You should see a message that the cursor files are being copied to your computer. (If you get an error message about no program being associated with this file, you have a problem with your Windows 95/98 installation, which can be repaired by following the directions at this link to Microsoft.)

2. In Control Panel, double click on "Mouse" for Mouse Properties. Click on "Pointers" in Mouse Properties.

3. Under "Scheme", click on the arrow for the drop down menu and double click on the "USA Animated Cursors" entry. You should now see the appropriate USA Animated Cursor for each default mouse pointer.

4. To keep the set shown, just click on "Apply" and go to Step 5. To change any of the cursors, select that cursor and click on "Browse," double click on the "USACURSR" folder, then select the new cursor desired from those listed. Highlight the desired cursor and click "Open". You should now see the new cursor shown for that pointer. Continue this until you have all the cursors the way you want. At this time you may want to save this as a custom scheme. Type in a scheme name and click on "Save As". To initiate the new cursors, click on "Apply."

5. Exit Mouse Properties and Control Panel. Delete your temporary folder. You're done!

Note: The "application in background" cursors have "APP" in their name and the "busy" cursors have "BUSY" in their name. All "application in background" cursors can also be used as the normal cursor. Cursors with "LINK" will replace the "link" cursor whenever you use the "single click" setting for "folder options" in newer versions of Windows. However, link cursors can also be used as the normal cursor.

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Disclaimer of Warranty

These cursor files are "AS IS" and come WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. Because of the various hardware and software environments into which these cursors may be put, NO WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE IS OFFERED. You take full responsibility for their use, suitability, and consequences. They are not guaranteed to work on your computer or your application. The user must assume the entire risk of using these files, including their installation. If your computer crashes, I am NOT responsible, nor am I responsible for any collateral damages or consequences of any kind. YOU are the ONLY one responsible for their use. (Remember you got this for free!) Unzipping the compressed file or using any of its contents constitutes acceptance of this disclaimer and the license.

Additional Information

These cursors are intended for those familiar with their computer's operating system and are not provided with technical support. (If I provided support I would have to start charging for my cursors instead of keeping them as freeware.) Technical questions are best answered by your local computer expert, the computer supplier or the operating system software company. For example, many Windows questions are answered in the knowledge database at MICROSOFT.

A good resource for trouble-shooting cursor problems is Dierk's List of Animated Cursors - Troubleshooting.

This cursor set is my original work and takes advantage of a number of ideas, techniques, and cursors developed in the process of designing different cursor schemes over several years. Detailed credits are provided in the readme file. Many basic cursors can be designed with freeware cursor editors and many of my 16 color cursors have been designed with "Paint" and "Aniedit." In response to a frequently asked question on where to get cursor editors, I am providing the following link to Dierk's ANIMATED CURSOR UTILITIES PAGE which provides download links to cursor editors. Note that not all shareware cursor editors out there can read the copyright on animated cursor files, but you can always read it with Aniedit.

If you have compliments, comments or questions which are not related to the installation of cursors you may contact me at

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Last updated on 1/12/08.

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