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Cursors Class

Provides a collection of Cursor objects for use by a Windows Forms application.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public sealed class Cursors

Some of the Cursor objects in this class can take on a different appearance than those described. The user can change the cursor appearance by adjusting the mouse pointer settings in their operating system. The panning and no move cursors are static and cannot be changed by the operating system.

The panning and no move cursors are used during mouse wheel operations. Depending on the direction the window can be scrolled, the cursor changes to the appropriate no move cursor when the mouse wheel is clicked. The cursor then changes to the appropriate panning cursor as the mouse is moved.

The following example demonstrates changing the mouse cursor using the Control.Cursor property, the Cursor class, and the Cursors class. The example creates a form that contains a ComboBox control, a Panel control, and a ListView control. The ComboBox contains all cursors provided by the Cursors class. When the user selects a mouse cursor in the ComboBox, the Control.Cursor property is set to the selected cursor, which updates the cursor for the Panel. The ListView is updated every time the Control.CursorChanged event occurs.

using System;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace MCursor
    public class Form1 : System.Windows.Forms.Form
        private System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox cursorSelectionComboBox;

        private System.Windows.Forms.Panel testPanel;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label1;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label2;
        private System.Windows.Forms.ListView cursorEventViewer;
        private System.Windows.Forms.Label label3;

        static void Main() 
            Application.Run(new Form1());

        public Form1()
            this.cursorSelectionComboBox = new System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox();
            this.testPanel = new System.Windows.Forms.Panel();
            this.label1 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.label2 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();
            this.cursorEventViewer = new System.Windows.Forms.ListView();
            this.label3 = new System.Windows.Forms.Label();

            // Select Cursor Label 
            this.label2.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 16);
            this.label2.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(80, 16);
            this.label2.Text = "Select cursor:";

            // Cursor Testing Panel Label 
            this.label1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 80);
            this.label1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(144, 23);
            this.label1.Text = "Cursor testing panel:";

            // Cursor Changed Events Label 
            this.label3.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(184, 16);
            this.label3.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(128, 16);
            this.label3.Text = "Cursor changed events:";

            // Cursor Selection ComboBox 
            this.cursorSelectionComboBox.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 40);
            this.cursorSelectionComboBox.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(152, 21);
            this.cursorSelectionComboBox.TabIndex = 0;
            this.cursorSelectionComboBox.SelectedIndexChanged += 
                 new System.EventHandler(this.cursorSelectionComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged);

            // Cursor Test Panel 
            this.testPanel.BackColor = System.Drawing.SystemColors.ControlDark;
            this.testPanel.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(24, 104);
            this.testPanel.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(152, 160);
            this.testPanel.CursorChanged += new System.EventHandler(this.testPanel_CursorChanged);

            // Cursor Event ListView 
            this.cursorEventViewer.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(184, 40);
            this.cursorEventViewer.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(256, 224);
            this.cursorEventViewer.TabIndex = 4;
            this.cursorEventViewer.View = System.Windows.Forms.View.List;

            // Set up how the form should be displayed and add the controls to the form. 
            this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(456, 286);
            this.Controls.AddRange(new System.Windows.Forms.Control[] {
                                        this.label3, this.cursorEventViewer,
                                        this.label2, this.label1,
                                        this.testPanel, this.cursorSelectionComboBox});

            this.Text = "Cursors Example";

            // Add all the cursor types to the combobox. 
            foreach (Cursor cursor in CursorList())


        private Cursor [] CursorList()

            // Make an array of all the types of cursors in Windows Forms. 
            return new Cursor [] {
                                     Cursors.AppStarting, Cursors.Arrow, Cursors.Cross,
                                     Cursors.Default, Cursors.Hand, Cursors.Help,
                                     Cursors.HSplit, Cursors.IBeam, Cursors.No,
                                     Cursors.NoMove2D, Cursors.NoMoveHoriz, Cursors.NoMoveVert,
                                     Cursors.PanEast, Cursors.PanNE, Cursors.PanNorth,
                                     Cursors.PanNW, Cursors.PanSE, Cursors.PanSouth,
                                     Cursors.PanSW, Cursors.PanWest, Cursors.SizeAll,
                                     Cursors.SizeNESW, Cursors.SizeNS, Cursors.SizeNWSE,
                                     Cursors.SizeWE, Cursors.UpArrow, Cursors.VSplit, Cursors.WaitCursor};


        private void cursorSelectionComboBox_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Set the cursor in the test panel to be the selected cursor style.
            testPanel.Cursor = (Cursor)cursorSelectionComboBox.SelectedItem;

        private void testPanel_CursorChanged(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // Build up a string containing the type of object sending the event, and the event.
            string cursorEvent = string.Format("[{0}]: {1}", sender.GetType().ToString(), "Cursor changed");                

            // Record this event in the list view. 

The following example draws the specified cursor on the form in its normal size, and in stretched mode, twice its size. This example assumes that you have a Form and a Cursor object to pass into the method when it is called.

private void DrawCursorsOnForm(Cursor cursor)
   // If the form's cursor is not the Hand cursor and the  
   // Current cursor is the Default, Draw the specified  
   // cursor on the form in normal size and twice normal size. 
   if(this.Cursor != Cursors.Hand & 
     Cursor.Current == Cursors.Default)
      // Draw the cursor stretched.
      Graphics graphics = this.CreateGraphics();
      Rectangle rectangle = new Rectangle(
        new Point(10,10), new Size(cursor.Size.Width * 2, 
        cursor.Size.Height * 2));
      cursor.DrawStretched(graphics, rectangle);
      // Draw the cursor in normal size.
      rectangle.Location = new Point(
      rectangle.Width + rectangle.Location.X, 
        rectangle.Height + rectangle.Location.Y);
      rectangle.Size = cursor.Size;
      cursor.Draw(graphics, rectangle);

      // Dispose of the cursor.


Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0