What Is a CUR File?

Using Windows Cursor Files

A file with the CUR file extension is a static Windows Cursor file. They're still images that are identical to .ICO (Icon) files in every way aside from the different extension. Animated cursor files have the .ANI extension instead.

A different cursor is seen in Windows when the mouse pointer is doing certain tasks, like as a capital "i" when positioned over text or as an hourglass when something's loading.

Both animated and static cursor files are found in the %SystemRoot%\Cursors\ folder.

CUR files in Windows 10

How to Open a CUR File

Custom CUR files that you want Windows to use can be imported through the Mouse Control Panel applet. One way to get there is with this command:

control mouse
CUR files in Windows 10

If you want to see what the CUR file looks like as an image and not use it as a cursor, open it with Inkscape, ACDSee products, or Axialis CursorWorkshop—other graphics programs may work as well.

RealWorld Cursor Editor is free software that can edit CUR files and create new ones from other images.

If you find that an application on your computer tries to open the file but it's the wrong application or you'd rather have another installed program open it, learn how to change the default program for a specific file extension in Windows.

How to Convert a CUR File

The best way to convert a CUR file is to use the RealWorld Cursor Editor program mentioned above, or the free online CUR converter at Convertio. Some of the formats you can convert CUR to include PNG, ICO, GIF, JPG, and BMP.

Still Can't Open It?

If your file isn't opening as described above, double-check that you're reading the file extension correctly and not confusing a different file for one that ends with CUR.

The CUR extension looks a lot like CSR, CUE (Cue Sheet), CUS (AutoCAD Custom Dictionary), and CUB (Analysis Services Cube), but none of them are related to cursors.

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