The File Extensions Database

.CUR File Extension

  • Category: System Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .CUR file?

.CUR is Windows Cursor

A CUR file is a cursor image or animation used for the Windows mouse pointer. It may be an arrow (for general use), a spinning hourglass (for waiting periods), or an I-bar (for text editing).

Custom desktop themes (.THEME files) may be used to change the cursor image/animation, such as turning the hourglass into a watch. You can modify the image or animation for pointers via the Control Panel by opening the Mouse applet, and clicking the Pointers tab. Choose the scheme you want for the pointer by selecting the "Scheme" dropdown list, choosing the scheme, and clicking Apply.

If you want to view, add, edit, or remove CUR files in Windows, they are stored in the following path:


Programs that open Windows Cursor
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows
Axialis CursorWorkshop
Greenfish Icon Editor Pro
ACD Systems ACDSee 2018
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
Snap Converter

How to solve problems with CUR files

  • Associate the CUR file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CUR file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CUR files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CUR file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CUR is Windows Cursor. Because only the current version supports the latest CUR file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .CUR is Windows Cursor update.
  • To make sure that your CUR file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.