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To run CursorFX, locate on your Start menu and click on it. You will see the CursorFX Control Panel, which consists of: a menu on the left side and a list of cursor themes on the right in the main window. The Current theme box is empty at first, until you select a theme. Once you select a theme it is placed in the box so you know what theme (skin) your cursors are wearing.
From the CursorFX menu you select the theme (graphics) to skin your cursor for different states (i.e. normal, help, busy, resizing windows, ...). Each state will skin your cursor with something different, but similar in theme. From other options on the CursorFX menu, you can add animated effects, download additional cursor packages (themes), change settings and get more information about CursorFX.
The main part of the CursorFX Control Panel consists of: a box displaying the Current theme, a list of themes available, and two buttons (New Package and Apply). When you run CursorFX for the first time, the Current theme box will be empty. Once you select a theme, it will be copied into the box, so you always know what theme your currently using.
The Windows Default is whatever skin you were using prior to running CursorFX. Typically these are the graphics that came with your Windows installation. If you ever want to return to the Windows default, you simply select this theme, click , and your cursor will return to normal and the will be changed to Windows Default.
Each cursor theme consists of: a sample of the theme (normal state of cursor), Name (i.e. CursorFX Default), Version Number (i.e. v1.0) and Author (or Company that created it) (i.e. by Stardock Design). When you click on a theme, six buttons will appear.
The first button provides information on the Theme Properties. This will display the following: Name (of the theme), Author, Version, Website (of the Author), Email and a Description. Clicking either the button or the close icon in the upper right-hand corner, will close it and return you to the Control Panel.
The second button is the Delete button, which allows you to delete the selected theme from CursorFX. Your options are either Yes or No.
The third button launches your default web browser and displays the Stardock Design www.stardockdesign.com website.
The fourth button in the group runs your default Email program (i.e. MS Outlook). It automatically addresses an Email to Stardock Design.
The fifth and sixth buttons are on the far right side. They consist of the Theme Preview, which allows you to see the skin for each state of the cursor. From here you can click the button to change to this theme, this will return you to the Control Panel main screen and copy that theme into your Current theme box. You will need to click the button to make the changes.
Alternately, if you click the button on the Theme Preview screen, it will make the changes immediately and move the theme to the Current theme box on the Control Panel.
Click the button to return to the Control Panel main screen.
The sixth and final button is the Theme Editor, used for changing the: skin (graphics), frames for animation, hot spots X and Y, scripting and special effects. The Theme Editor will be covered in depth in the Theme Editor section. Either click on the File menu, then Exit or click on the close button to close the Theme Editor and return to the Control Panel.
After selecting a theme and applying it, you can close CursorFX using the close button.
On the bottom of the Cursor themes Control Panel is the
button. Clicking this button will open the Theme Editor, which allows you
to create your own theme of skins. The editor will be covered in the
CursorFX Theme Editor section.