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How to prevent themes from changing mouse pointer settings in Windows 10

If your PC is used by several people (for example, by your children or siblings at home), it is possible that each one wants to put a different theme to Windows 10. If you want to prevent themes from changing the mouse pointer settings in Windows 10, you are in the indicated article.

Windows is a very practical, intuitive and user-friendly operating system. You have many options to change the mouse settings, as indicated on the official Microsoft Support page. However, constantly changing it all the time can be annoying.

But before we explain how you can prevent themes from changing mouse pointer settings in Windows 10, we’ll quickly remind you of how you can modify it in the first place. Keep reading, in the next section you can find that information.

Steps to modify the mouse pointer in Windows 10

Among the many options that Windows offers, this operating system allows us to customize our mouse cursor , changing its color, size and even its shape. If this is something you would like to try, then we will explain the simple steps you must follow to achieve it.

  • The first thing you should do is open the Settings menu, which you can easily achieve from the start menu, by clicking on the nut-shaped symbol.
  • Once there, you must select the option ‘Devices’ and immediately look in the menu on the left for the option that says ‘Mouse’ to click on it.

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  • Then, you should go to the right part of the window and click on ‘Additional mouse options’. This will open a new window with five tabs.
  • In the ‘Pointers’ tab you can choose the type of pointer that you like the most, be it the classic arrow, the precision cross, the text bar, among others.

On the other hand, if you want to modify the size or color of the pointer, you can click on the option ‘Adjust the mouse and the size of the cursor’. This will take you to a window with various options for you to customize the pointer.

How to prevent themes from changing mouse pointer settings in Windows 10?

If you really want to block the possibility of modifying the mouse pointer, the first thing you should do is access the registry, where you can also modify administrator passwords . To do this, type ‘regedit’ in the search engine of the Windows 10 taskbar, run the registry and follow the following steps:

  • In the space on the left, look for the folder called ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER’ and click on the arrow on the left to display its content.
  • Inside it, look for the ‘SOFTWARE’ folder and repeat the same procedure.
  • You will also replicate these actions with the folders ‘Policies’, ‘Microsoft’ and, finally, ‘Windows’.
  • Once you are in the Windows folder, if you have never accessed it before, you must create a key by right clicking on ‘Windows’ and choosing the option ‘New’ and immediately afterwards ‘Key’, giving it the name ‘Personalization’. If this key was already created, just access it directly.

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  • Next, inside ‘Personalization’ you must create a new 32-bit DWORD value with the name ‘NoChangingMousePointers’.
  • Once this new value has been created, double click on it and assign the value 1 in hexadecimal basis.

With this you will have already blocked the option to modify the mouse pointer. And if at any point you want to allow the pointer settings to change again, you don’t need to worry. All you have to do is follow the same steps and set the value 0 in hexadecimal base.

Check that you made the changes correctly

If you want to verify that the modification was successful, restart your PC and follow the same procedure described in the previous section to try to change the pointer settings. Pointer properties should no longer appear between mouse properties.

We hope this article has helped you avoid changing your mouse pointer settings. Keep in mind that it is always recommended that, before making any modification, you make a backup copy of your PC, just in case you later want to recover the configuration you had initially.

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