A student in a recent online Captivate class asked me if it was possible to create a custom mouse cursor for a Captivate eLearning lesson. Sadly, I had to tell the student that it wasn't possible. It's certainly simple enough to change the appearance of any selected mouse cursor (via the Properties panel), but Captivate is not an image-editing application so you cannot create custom cursor images (cur files).
While you cannot create cursor files (CUR's) within Captivate, you can easily create your own, and you can find a bunch of cursor images on the web. For instance, a quick Google Search took me to RealWord Graphics where I found a Gallery area containing an impressive array of free cursor images. The images can be downloaded and used within a Captivate project. If you aren't happy with the cursor images found in the RealWorld Gallery, they provide a Cursor Editor that allows you to quickly create your own cursor.
Download a Cursor Image From the RealWorld Gallery and Use It Within Captivate
Here's all you need to do if you want to download a CUR file from the RealWord Graphics site.
- After accessing the RealWord Graphics site, click the Gallery tab.
- Click the cursor image group you'd like to download. (In the image below, I went with a collection of Aqua Green Cursors.)
- Click the link below the image preview and save the file to your computer. (The Aqua Green Cursors group that I selected had several similar cursors. I went with Normal.cur.)
- From within Captivate, select a mouse pointer on any slide.
- On the Properties panel, click the Browse button and open the cur file that you downloaded earlier.
In the image below, notice that the standard mouse pointer has been replaced with my downloaded custom cursor.
Note: Pay particular attention to where you saved the file. You'll be opening the location of the cur file next in Captivate.
See Also: Change the Mouse Pointer Project-Wide.