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Text cursor

Also known as the caret.

Mouse cursor

Common cursors

Illustrated from left to right:

  1. Mac OS 9
  2. RISC OS 3.11
  3. Microsoft Windows XP
  4. Microsoft Windows 8

Arrow or pointer

Arrow cursors.png

Wait cursor

The wait cursor indicates that the current program, or the whole system, is busy and cannot accept input.

Wait cursors.png

Hand cursor

The "hand" cursor indicates that the item beneath the cursor is a hyperlink.

Hand cursors.png

Simulating the shadow in Photoshop

To precisely simulate the Windows XP/2000 shadow in Adobe Photoshop, apply a shadow with the following properties[1] (tested in Photoshop 7):

  • Colour: black
  • Blend mode: multiply
  • Opacity: 32%
  • Angle: 151–170°
  • Distance: 3 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Contour: linear, non-antialiased


  1. – 32-bit Windows cursor images