Opening CUR files

Have a problem opening a .CUR file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what CUR files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .CUR file type?

A short for 'Cursor,' the .cur filename extension relates to the Microsoft Windows Cursor (CUR) file format/type. The Microsoft (MS) Windows operating system uses CUR files to store stationary (non-animated) mouse cursor images, with animated cursor images stored as ANI files.

A Windows-specific format, CUR is very similar to ICO, another proprietary format by MS used for icon files. Both CUR and ICO are based upon the Device-Independent Bitmap (DIB) specification.

A .cur file is a small binary file that contains a single BMP or PNG image displayed as a mouse pointer. Every CUR image has a hotspot that corresponds to the action tip of the pointer. Different .cur files represent different states or functions of the system pointer.

MS Windows supports pointer themes, each consisting of a dozen or more .cur and/or .ani files. CUR pointer images come in different standard sizes like 16×16, 32×32, etc.

CUR images can be viewed with general-purpose image viewers, as well as edited with bitmap editors. Windows Explorer automatically creates and shows thumbnails for .cur files.

Software to open or convert CUR files

You can open CUR files with the following programs:
IrfanView by Irfan Skiljan
PicosmosTools by Free Time

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