How to Add Left Hand Friendly Mouse Cursor in Windows 10

If you are lefty and like to use the mouse with your left hand then you might’ve noticed that there is are no left-hand friendly mouse pointers in Windows 10. Sure, it’s not hard to get used to the right-hand mouse pointer. However, having left-hand friendly mouse cursors can help you feel at home. So, let me show how you can add left-hand mouse cursor in Windows 10.

Long back, Microsoft used to provide official left-handed mouse pointers. All you have to do is download the cursor package and add it to the cursor settings. However, Microsoft chose to pull out and it no longer offers the left-hand friendly mouse pointers.

That being said, I did some digging and found the package. So, without further ado, let’s add the left-handed mouse cursors in Windows 10.

Related: How to create a right-hand alt-tab shortcut for left-hand mouse users

Add Left Hand Mouse Cursors to Windows

1. The first thing you need is to download the lefty mouse pointers. Once downloaded, extract the folder inside the ZIP file.

2. In the extracted folder, you will see three different folders that contain three different sizes of left-hand mouse pointers. In most cases, the normal-sized mouse pointers are good enough. If you are looking for bigger pointers than you can use the ones in the large or extra-large folders.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - download files

3. Copy the cursors in all three folders and paste them in the C:\Windows\Cursors folder.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - copy pointers

4. Next, open the Start Menu, search for “Mouse Settings” and click on it.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - open mouse settings

5. In the Mouse Settings page, click on the “Additional Mouse Options” link appearing under the Related Settings section.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - additional options

6. The above action will open the old mouse settings window. Go to the Pointer tab.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - go to pointers tab

7. Here, select the “Normal Select” option under Customize and click on the “Browse” button.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - click browse

8. In the selection window, find the cursor, select it and click on the “Open” button.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - select pointers

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - left hand pointer set

9. Do the same thing for the following mouse cursor types. Since the selection window shows a small preview of the cursor item, it shouldn’t be that hard to select the right ones.

  • Help Select
  • Working in Background
  • Busy
  • Handwriting
  • Link Select

In case you are wondering, you can ignore other pointer items on the list as they side agnostic or very rarely used.

10. Once you’ve changed the cursor styles, this is how it looks like in the settings window.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - all pointers changed

11. Now, click on the “Save As” button under Scheme. Don’t worry, we are not overwriting the default style. Rather we are creating a new cursor style.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - click save as

12. Name the new cursor style and click “Ok”. In my case, I’m just adding “Left” to the default name.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - name the new style

13. Windows will automatically select the new style. Click on the “Ok” button in the main window.

Wrapping Up

That is it. From now on, Windows will show the left-handed mouse pointer.

Win10 left hand mouse pointer - left hand mouse pointer active

If you ever want to restore the default right-handed mouse pointer, simply select “Windows Default (System Scheme)” from the Scheme drop-down and click on the “Ok” button. This will restore the default mouse pointer.

If you like this article, do check out how to change mouse pointer color and size in Windows 10.

2 thoughts on “How to Add Left Hand Friendly Mouse Cursor in Windows 10”

  1. Avatar for Beatrix Gisela

    After starting my new computer with Windows 10, I had to recognize that there are no left-handed mouse pointers and I fished for my old left-handed cursors.
    Now I found your wonderful recommendable instructions. Thanks.

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