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Set Window's Mouse Pointer dynamically

Posted on 2002-07-30
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Last Modified: 2010-05-01

How can i set the Window's Mouse Pointer dynamically (Not Screen.MouseIcon or Form.MouseIcon)?

That's go to Control Panel, then select "Mouse", go to "Pointers" and change the "Normal Select" pointer. How can i achieve that?

I want to change the Mouse Pointer when a process is started, and i want it to change back to Default when the process is finished.

Thank you.
Question by:trowa
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TigerZhao earned 200 total points
ID: 7187536
1. Active Mouse Control Panel, use
shell "rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL main.cpl",vbNormalFocus  

2. Because Window is a multi-process system, it's bad habit to do what your want.

Expert Comment

ID: 7188022
You can use the API call

Public Declare Function SetCursorPos Lib "user32" Alias "SetCursorPos" (ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long) As Long

on formload get the cursor position using

Public Declare Function GetCursorPos Lib "user32" Alias "GetCursorPos" (lpPoint As POINTAPI) As Long

then move the cursor to the desired location using setcursor position

then  when u unload the form set the old cursor position

Author Comment

ID: 7192780
No, i just want to change the Mouse Cursor, i think both of the comments are not answering the question.
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Author Comment

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Any other comments?
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Expert Comment

ID: 7226353
Not sure if this is the one you want. Simply add a command button named "Command1".

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Me.MousePointer = vbNormal
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Me.MousePointer = vbHourglass
End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 7226356
some more constants

vbDefault 0 (Default) Shape determined by the object.
vbArrow 1 Arrow.
vbCrosshair 2 Cross (crosshair pointer).
vbIbeam 3 I beam.
vbIconPointer 4 Icon (small square within a square).
vbSizePointer 5 Size (four-pointed arrow pointing north, south, east, and west).
vbSizeNESW 6 Size NE SW (double arrow pointing northeast and southwest).
vbSizeNS 7 Size N S (double arrow pointing north and south).
vbSizeNWSE 8 Size NW SE (double arrow pointing northwest and southeast).
vbSizeWE 9 Size W E (double arrow pointing west and east).
vbUpArrow 10 Up Arrow.
vbHourglass 11 Hourglass (wait).
vbNoDrop 12 No Drop.
vbArrowHourglass 13 Arrow and hourglass.
vbArrowQuestion 14 Arrow and question mark.
vbSizeAll 15 Size all.
vbCustom 99 Custom icon specified by the MouseIcon property.


Author Comment

ID: 7235465
Hi hongjun,

the Me.MousePointer is only work for a single application, right? At the moment, i hope i can change the System MousePointer.

Similarly go to Control Panel, then select "Mouse", go to "Pointers" and change the "Normal Select" pointer.

i want to do this for my research application, that's is:

Change the MousePointer when the Main Program Window is minimized, then restore the MousePointer when the Main Program Window is restored.

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