CUR File

What are CUR files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CUR file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a CUR file?

A .CUR file is a Windows Mouse Cursor file.

Files that contain the .cur file extension are cursor image files. These files store the default cursor graphics and the custom cursor graphics for the Windows operating system, such as the Windows mouse pointer.

When a user installs a custom desktop theme onto his or her computer, a corresponding CUR file is usually included in the installation pack so that the Windows cursor will match the custom desktop theme. For example, if a user downloads a horse-based custom desktop theme, the CUR file may contain the cursor image of a horse or a horseshoe to match the theme download.

How to open CUR files

We have identified six CUR openers that are compatible with this specific type of CUR file.

Programs that open Windows Mouse Cursor files

Bitberry File OpenerBitberry File OpenerVerified
Axialis CursorWorkshopAxialis CursorWorkshopVerified
Corel PaintShop ProCorel PaintShop ProVerified

Last updated: December 18, 2022

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of CUR files. Remember, different programs may use CUR files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Ashampoo Photo CommanderAshampoo Photo CommanderUser submitted
Picexa ViewerPicexa ViewerUser submitted
Ulead Photo ExplorerUlead Photo ExplorerUser submitted
qkseeqkseeUser submitted
PicosmosToolsPicosmosToolsUser submitted
ImagineImagineUser submitted
Chasys Draw IESChasys Draw IESUser submitted
kstoolskstoolsUser submitted
Ashampoo Photo Commander FREEAshampoo Photo Commander FREEUser submitted
IconLoverIconLoverUser submitted

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