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Clicking on the menu selection, you will be presented with a number of ways you can further customize your cursor theme. There are tabs (Appearance, Shadow, Options) where you can make changes. There is a preview box above the tabs with a sample of your normal cursor. The color, size, etc. will change as you make changes. The example below shows the CursorFX Default theme.
Options on the Appearance tab include: Hue (or tint, from blue, red, yellow, green), Brightness, Contrast, Opacity (transparent/non-transparent) and Size. Each feature has a slider that you use to change the cursor to the desired setting. You simply click on the slider icon and while holding down the mouse button, drag (move) the mouse left or right and release. The changes will be displayed as you change the position of the slider. Some cursor themes may react to changes better than others.
By default, something that is totally opaque is solid in color (non-transparent, you can't see through it). So if you move the slider to the far right, the cursor will be completely opaque. If you move the slider to the far left, it will become transparent (least opaque). It won't be totally transparent, otherwise your cursor would disappear! It would still be there, but you wouldn't see it.
The button on the far right, if clicked will return the slider settings to their default values for all three tabs. Default values are where the sliders were located when CursorFX was first installed. If you made changes to your cursor and clicked , then clicking and then , the changes you made to your cursors will revert back to the default for that theme.
As an example, move the sliders icon to match the locations (as close as possible) to the positions shown below.
Now your preview screen should look similar to the following, with the cursor larger, more opaque (transparent), etc..
Click on the button for the changes to take effect. Your cursor should look similar to the following example. Notice how the cursor is transparent and you can see the word "Contrast" through the point of the cursor. Also, you can see the pinkish line pass through the cursor as well.
Now click on the button and then the button to return the cursor to normal.
Next, click on the tab and you will see the default settings. Note how is set to Dynamic by default. As you move the slider icon, you will see the changes affect your cursor, not the one in the preview box. This allows you to see more precisely the changes your making. You will still have to click the button for the changes to take permanent effect on your cursor.
Dynamic mode (Dynamic Shadow) also means that the cursor shadow will change its position, based on the setting of the Light Height and Cursor Height. The shadow will change its position as you move the cursor around the screen, in response to a stationary light source above (or in front of your monitor).
Think of it this way, you’re in a room with only one bright light bulb on the ceiling. As you move around it, your shadow moves in different directions, depending on your position to the light (source). As you move closer, your shadow falls below you. As you move further away, your shadow likewise moves further away from you.
In the case of Dynamic Shadow, the cursor is the same as you in that room. The height of the light source (light bulb), is controlled by you changing the Light Height setting. Changing the Cursor Height, in effect would change the distance of the floor (your standing on in the room) in relation to the ceiling (where the light bulb is). So, the greater the height, the taller the room and further away the light is and the further your shadow is from you. The lower the cursor height and the lower the ceiling is to you (the cursor) and closer the shadow is. As you change all of the settings on this tab, you will find some settings are more noticeable than others.
If you don't like using the Dynamic mode, simply click on and as you make changes, the shadow in the preview box will reflect the changes not your actual cursor. When you change to Static mode, your options will change.
Now as you make changes to the sliders, you will see the cursor in the preview box change.
The Options tab includes additional features such as: movement smoothness, mirror, and hot key.
Windows Vista Only
Another feature is Blur Transparency, which when checked allows you to see your desktop wallpaper (blurred), behind the CursorFX preview areas. This way you can see what the cursor will look like over your wallpaper. This feature is not visible in Windows XP.
Clicking on the button will open a dialog box that allows you to change the hot key combination that disables/enables CursorFX. A hot key is a unique combination of keys, when pressed at the same time will perform a task. In this case, if you ever want to turn your cursor theme off without opening CursorFX, the shortcut way is to use this hot key. Pressing the hot key again, will re-enable your cursor theme.
The default hot key combination requires you to press these keys (at the same time): <Ctrl> and <Shift> and the letter <C>. The <Ctrl> maybe labeled <Control> on your keyboard. If you have other applications that use <Ctrl> & <Shift> & <C>, you can change the combination on this screen or you can turn it off (None).