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High Visibility Animated Cursors (all versions) and the HV and HIVIS cursor name
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Some Example Cursors:

Blinking Eyes Rainbow Arrow Link or Browser Cursor Spinning Pencil


This is a collection of large and brightly colored animated cursors for Windows 95/98/ME or NT/2000/XP. These cursors are designed for any application which needs a cursor big enough to find, but still interesting to look at. Since they need only 256 color video or higher, they can be used with most laptops, where larger cursors are needed. They are excellent for children or individuals with limited visual acuity. There are 10 different color cursor schemes in the set (dark blue, light blue, green, purple, red, yellow, black, white, inverse, and rainbow) , for a total of 257 cursors. They provide a wide selection of replacements for all the standard Windows mouse pointers. Browser cursors are provided for those with Windows 98 with IE4 (Microsoft discontinued this in IE5). The link cursor will also appear 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 joescursors@yahoo.com.

I also have 3D Green, 3D Red, 3D Yellow, 3D Orange, 3D Blue, 3D Maroon, 3D Purple, Flat Blue 3D, Neon, Inverse, Christmas, and New Year 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
Flat Blue 3D Animated Cursors Neon Animated Cursors 3D Blue 2 Animated Cursors
Animated Inverse Cursor Scheme Christmas Animated Cursors New Year Animated Cursors

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Download High Visibility Animated Cursors!

Download Location 1: WinSite mirror

The current version is version 2.0c released on 8/11/01. There are ten cursor schemes and 257 cursors in the file. The zip file includes an install/uninstall program that works with Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP.

The file is 237 KB.

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Instructions for installing High Visibility 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. High Visibility Animated Cursors do not have technical support.


1. Unzip the HVCursr.zip file into a temproary folder using an unzip utility such as WinZip. It is preferable to keep the default folder of "\Temp\hivis", 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 "INSTALHV.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. Six cursor schemes are provided with this set. Under "Scheme", click on the arrow for the drop down menu and double click on the desired color (Blue, Light Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Yellow, Rainbow, Inverse, White, or Black) of the "High Visibility Animated" entries. You should now see the appropriate High Visibility 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 "HIVIS" 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 "APPS" or "APP" in their name and the "busy" cursors have "BUSY" or "BSY" in their name. All "application in background" cursors can also be used as the normal cursor. Cursors with "LINK" are able to be used as the browser cursor for IE4 if you have Windows 98 (unfortunately Microsoft discontinued this in IE5). However, "LINK" cursors can be used as the normal cursor if you want. The "BUSY5" cursors are 60 second timers and can be used to measure waiting time for your applications.

CAUTION When Using Inverse Cursors!

  • Do not use the "Cursor Trails" option under the "Motion" Tab in the "Mouse" Aplet in Control Panel. This option inverses the inverse part of the cursor making it match the background and essentially become invisible, except for the outline and the trails. If you accidently do this you can still see the cursor outline and can unselect "Cursor Trails."
  • If you do not use a white background for your main window, your text insertion pointer may be too similar in color to your background and may "disappear." This is usually only a problem with setups using 16 or 256 colors. This is easily solved by going to a white or other primary color background to get proper contrast. This is done by going to "Settings," opening "Control Panel," opening "Display," selecting the "Appearance" tab, selecting "Window" under "Item," clicking on "Color" and selecting the white block, and then clicking "Apply" and "Close."
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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 are provided in the readme file. Many basic cursors can be designed with freeware cursor editors and this cursor set was in fact primarily 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.

    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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