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3D Red Animated Cursors (all versions)
Copyright 1998-2008 by W. J. Harnden, Jr., all rights reserved.

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Some Example Cursors:

Stopwatch Question Move Hourglass


This is a collection of color coordinated 3D Red Animated Cursors for Windows 95/98/ME or NT/2000/XP. They replace all the standard Windows mouse pointers with animated versions, with many optional versions to choose from. They will also replace all the standard browser cursors if you have Windows 98 and IE 4.01. The link cursor will also appear whenever you use the "single click" setting for "folder options" in newer versions of Windows. Some of these cursors are identifed as 256 color cursors and will not display properly without the right video card and settings (see "256 Color Cursor Requirements" below for details). If possible, 16 Color alternatives have been provided, but the 256 Color ones look better. Additional versions of red cursors are available in my 3D Maroon Animated Cursors set, which uses a different method of 3D and lighting perspective.

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 ones stated above, send a request for permission via email to joescursors@yahoo.com.

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

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

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Download 3D Red 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. Also be aware that some links in DesktopDownload's new advertising are not family oriented.

Download Location 1: WinSite
Download Location 2 (Europe): Esse Graphic Resources

The current version is version 2.1d released on 8/11/01. The revision adds laptop cursors, large screen cursors, more Win98/IE4 browser cursors, and more animated cursors. It includes an install/uninstall program that works with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP. There are now 67 cursors in the set.

The file is 180 KB.

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Instructions for installing 3D Red 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 cursor folder after unzipping them and install them from Control Panel individually. If you are installing this over an old installation of 3D Red Animated Cursors (prior to version 2), you will need to delete the old folder "\Windows\Cursors\3DRed" when you are done. If you are not familiar with the terms used in these directions, get help from someone who is to do this installation. 3D Red Animated Cursors do not have technical support.


1. Unzip the 3DRCursr.zip file into a temproary folder using an unzip utility such as WinZip. It is preferable to keep the default folder of "\Temp\3DRed2", 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 "INSTAL3R.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 "3D Red Animated Cursors" entry. You should now see the 3D Red Animated Cursors 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 "3DRED2" 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" or "apps" in their name and the "busy" cursors have "bu", "bus" or "busy" in their name. (Sorry, but the install program limits me to 8 character file names.) All "application in background" cursors can also be used as the normal cursor. Cursors ending in "L" are larger cursors designed for laptop computers. Cursors ending in "M" are medium cursors designed for larger monitor resolutions (special request). Cursors ending in "C" are 256 color cursors (see special instructions below for their use). Cursors with "link" are able to be used as the browser cursor for Internet Explorer 4.01 if you have Windows 98. Cursor 3drbusy8.ani is a 60 second timer and can be used to measure waiting time for your applications.

256 Color Cursor Requirements

For those cursors in this set identified as 256 color cursors, you must have a true or high color video card set higher than 256 colors and Windows 95 "Plus!" or Windows 98 or an equivalent second party software installed to take advantage of the intended colors. If you don't, they will display but look "muddy". You enable 256 color icons and cursors by going to Control Panel, then Display Properties, then "Plus!" in Windows 95 or "Effects" in Windows 98, and selecting the box for "Show icons using all possible colors". If you do not have "Plus!" or Windows 98, you can use "Microangelo Engineer" (shareware) or "MULEVEL" (freeware). "MULEVEL" is available from this site by clicking on the following link:

Download MULEVEL.

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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 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 twelve different cursor schemes. Detailed credits and links are provided in the readme file. Many basic cursors can be designed with freeware cursor editors and most of my non-256 color cursors started 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.

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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The 3D Red Animated Cursor scheme was a top 30 download and was rated a FOUR STAR EDITOR'S PICK at ZDNet.
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