Windows 10 is great the way it is, but you may want to customize it a bit by installing new themes to add a personal touch to the user interface. However, many themes come with their own mouse pointer. But maybe you don’t want that.

In this article, we are going to see how to prevent themes from changing a mouse pointer in Windows 10.

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Prevent themes from changing the mouse pointer

Microsoft has removed some features of Windows 10 that were present in Windows 7. In Windows 7, it was enough to launch the Control panel, to click on Mouse> Pointer, and uncheck the option Allow themes to change the mouse pointer to prevent the mouse pointer from being modified by a theme.

If you try to do the same in Windows 10, you will see that the option Allow themes to change the mouse pointer is absent.

However, this setting is not absent from Windows 10, you just need to dig a little deeper, change a registry key and you’re good to go.

You need to use the registry editor and we’ll use that to make sure the mouse pointer doesn’t change every time you install a new theme.

Let’s see how to prevent themes from changing Pointer in Windows 10. To do so, follow the next steps.

  • Launch theregistry editor by looking for it in the start menu or type regedit in the dialog Execute (Windows + R).
  • Click on Yes when the UAC wizard is displayed.
  • Copy and paste the following location into the registry editor search bar.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionThemes
  • Look for the value ThemeChangesMousePointers, if it does not exist, right-click on Themes and select New> 32-bit DWORD value.
  • Once created, double-click on ThemeChangesMousePointers, define Value data sure 0, then click okay.
  • Close theregistry editor and restart your PC, your mouse pointer will revert to its default appearance.

You can now add new themes without worrying about the manipulation changing the mouse pointer.

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