How to Invert the Color of Your Mouse Cursor in Windows

One of our tech tips readers asks:

“Can you change the color of the cursor in Windows without downloading some suspicious software to handle it?”

The answer: You can invert the color of your mouse cursor for black to white. If you’re using a dark desktop background, this will make your cursor much easier to see.

Windows has an option in the Accessibility menu that allows you to change the color of your cursor. For Windows XP users, follow these instructions from eHow. For Windows 7 and Vista users, follow these instructions:

  1. Press the Start button
  2. Click on “All Programs”
  3. Click on the “Accessories” folder, then the “Ease of Access” sub-folder.
  4. Open the “Ease of Access Center.”
  5. Click on “Make the mouse easier to use.”
  6. You’ll see a variety of options you can select to change the color and size of your mouse pointer.

About Anne Shenton

Anne is Nexxtep's marketing director. She develops marketing campaigns and strategies, and also manages web design projects for Nexxtep's clients.


  1. Black and white are not colors. I don’t think that’s what this person meant.

  2. Nexxtep

    Hi Paula, thanks for your comment.

    Unfortunately there are not many color options for your mouse pointer in Windows. In this particular case, the person who posed the question had a dark background and was unable to see the dark mouse pointer against his screen. Changing the color to white actually helped improve his experience.

    However, you do bring up a very good point! The title of the post was misleading in that it suggested a user might have a variety of colors from which to choose. I have since updated the post with a more accurate title. Thanks for your feedback.


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