OK, finally you want the new cursor running on your computer desktop. How do you change your normal windows cursors to the cursor you have created ?
Well, you have to install this cursor on your computer.
Sounds difficult but no fear, in fact it's very easy.
First: you don't install cursors by doubleclick on a cursor file in windows explorer or something else. In case you have installed a cursor editor on your computer, a doublecklick on a cursor file in windows explorer only will open the cursor editor and the cursor file is ready for working in the cursor editor. Neither does this cause the installation of the cursor nor does the cursor run on your desktop now.
First you have to store the cursor file in a folder of your choice. On principle you can install a cursor out of every directory on your computer. During the installation process windows opens a little file manager and as a standard setting it opens the cursors-subdirectory in your computers windows directory. There you directly can select a new cursor. So it's recommended to save new cursors in the windows/cursors subdirectory (the exact name of the windows directory depends on windows version and user input). Off course you can save cursor files in other directories too, then you have to change the directory in the little file manager first.
You have to install animated cursors / cursors in Windows before you can use them. Copy the files to your choice of folder. Choose "Start / Settings / Control Panel / Mouse" and click on the "Pointer" tab. Windows 95 e.g. uses 14 several pointer types where you can select animated cursors for:
|Normal Select||Help Select ||Working in Background|
|Busy||Precision Select ||Text Select|
|Handwriting||Unavailable ||Vertical Resize|
|Horizontal Resize||Diagonal Resize 1 ||Diagonal Resize 2|
In Windows 98 and later windows versions there's an additional cursor for Link Select (windows and active desktop).
Select a pointer, for example "Normal Select" or "Busy". Double-click on it. Then choose a cursor from your choice of folder. A single click will give you a preview in the bottom left corner. The animation is a little bit slow, but in reality the animated cursors run alot faster. Finally press "Open" and click "OK" to exit and confirm the animated cursor as your cursor.
You can install every new cursor the same way.
You can deinstall a cursor by installing a new cursor.
You can use own cursors on your webpage! More info here.
How to create an animated cursor - back to part 1
I think it's a good idea to download one of the cursor editors and put it to the acid-test. Most cursor editors are shareware you can check them out for several days and make yourself familiar with the production of cursors, I think this is sufficient for a first impression. If you find fun at the production of animated cursors it's your turn to buy the software and start your career as a cursor artist.