What is a CUR File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert CUR Files

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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.

Different cursor files are seen in the Windows operating system 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 can be found in the %SystemRoot%\Cursors\ folder in Windows.

How To Open a CUR File

Custom CUR files that you want Windows to use can be imported through the Mouse Control Panel applet. The control mouse Control Panel command line command opens this too.

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

RealWorld Cursor Editor is free software that can both edit existing CUR files as well as create new ones from other image file formats.

Note: The CUR file extension looks similar to CUE (Cue Sheet), CUS (AutoCAD Custom Dictionary), and CUB (Analysis Services Cube). If your file isn't opening like it should as I described above, double-check that you're not misreading the file extension and confusing one of those other formats for a CUR file.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the CUR file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open CUR files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert a CUR File

The best way to convert a CUR file is to use RealWorld Cursor Editor or the free online CUR converter at Convertio.

Some of the file formats you can convert a CUR file to include PNG, ICO, GIF, JPG, and BMP.

More Help With CUR Files

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the CUR file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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