High DPI Cursor Changer: High quality cursors for Windows 8

DPI stands for Dots per Inch and it is a term used to measure the clarity and display related aspects of an image or anything else that shows up on monitor screen. Most of us might have noticed that while using our Windows PC on high DPI settings, the cursors start showing broken black outlines, or they look like stretched images. There is a solution to this problem. Remember this only works for Windows 8. To fix this issue we need to download a free and open source software called ‘High DPI Cursor Changer‘.

According to the developer of this software:

Windows 8 automatically changes the size of mouse pointers (cursors) depending on DPI settings of display. The relations between DPI and the size of cursors are roughly as follows:

  • 100% : 32×32 pixel
  • 150% : 48×48 pixel
  • 200% : 64×64 pixel

This is done by the OS’s selecting one image from multiple images of different sizes contained in a cursor file. The problem is that Windows 8′s standard cursor files have only 32×32 pixel and 48×48 pixel images. It will cause, when DPI is set to 200%, an image of smaller size than 64×64 pixel to be stretched and such cursor will show dirty outlines.

What this utility basically do is, it replaces all the stock cursors with high DPI supported cursors so that whenever you switch to high DPI settings the cursors are perfect, non-blurred and focused. The default pack of cursors are similar to Windows 8 cursors, so there is no chance of disturbing the Windows 8’s originality. The default pack of cursor contains 10 normal cursors and 2 Animated Cursors.

cursor list High DPI Cursor Changer: High quality cursors for Windows 8

There are 12 cursors that can be replaced, but you can even replace all the cursors, only one from there or selected cursors. If you didn’t liked the work this software, you can even reset the cursors to default by simply pressing ‘Reset to Default’ button. The program is very easy to use and operate. It is a portable one which sizes just 161 KBs.

High DPI cursor changer High DPI Cursor Changer: High quality cursors for Windows 8

This utility does its task really fast and gets the best results instantly – and is surely worth a try. For the Windows 8 users who has high DPI settings may want to use this freeware. It is portable and does not require an installation.

Click here to download High DPI Cursor Changer.

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Lavish, when not attending school, loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows based software and gadgets and is currently also learning JAVA. He also loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.
  • Guest

    Where I can find “grasp.cur” cursor?

  • James

    I don’t understand.. you can use these larger mouse cursor from the Mouse Properties panel accessible from the Control Panel. This option was there since for ever in Windows.

    So I don’t get the point of this software. Useless software is useless.

  • Guest

    I refer to the “closed hand”, the one that appears when you close an application by dragging it down. This kind of cursor is not present in the system cursors folder!

  • Lavish

    The ‘grasp.cur’ file is not available in the default package but you can download this file from any other external source!

  • Guest

    Could you suggest me a source? Please :)

  • Lavish

    that’s strange! I’ve been researching for this cursors for hours but i haven’t found any appropriate source. But don’t worry as soon i find a good source of this cursor file. I’ll surely share it here,

  • Guest

    Me too :D Thanks for the time you’ve spent!

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