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Hi, I need to change the mouse curor inside my .NET program

I dont want to use windows defaults. i want to use a custom cursor saved inside the program

please help.
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From MSDN documentation:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.forms.cursor(v=vs.80).aspx?cs-save-lang=1&cs-lang=vb#code-snippet-4

Imports System
Imports System.Drawing
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Namespace CustomCursor
   
   Public Class Form1
      Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form
      
      <System.STAThread()> _
      Public Shared Sub Main()
         System.Windows.Forms.Application.Run(New Form1())
      End Sub 'Main

      Public Sub New()

         Me.ClientSize = New System.Drawing.Size(292, 266)
         Me.Text = "Cursor Example"
         
         ' Looks namespace.MyCursor.cur in the assemblies manifest.
         
         ' The following generates a cursor from an embedded resource.
         ' To add a custom cursor, create or use an existing 16x16 bitmap
         '        1. Add a new cursor file to your project: 
         '                File->Add New Item->Local Project Items->Cursor File
         '        2. Select 16x16 image type:
         '                Image->Current Icon Image Types->16x16
         ' --- To make the custom cursor an embedded resource  ---
         ' In Visual Studio:
         '        1. Select the cursor file in the Solution Explorer
         '        2. Choose View->Properties.
         '        3. In the properties window switch "Build Action" to "Embedded"
         ' On the command line:
         '        Add the following flag:
         '            /res:CursorFileName.Cur,Namespace.CursorFileName.Cur
         '
         ' The following line uses the namespace from the passed-in type
         ' and looks for CustomCursor.MyCursor.Cur in the assemblies manifest.
	 ' NOTE: The cursor name is acase sensitive.        
     
         Me.Cursor = New Cursor(Me.GetType(), "MyCursor.Cur") 
      End Sub 'New       
   End Class 'Form1
End Namespace 'CustomCursor

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So the basic idea is to add the image to the project resources and then reference it.
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by:Ess Kay
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is that icon file able to take animation?>
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by:Alexandre Simões
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It should... Make it as an animated gif and it should be ok.
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i want to use downloaded cursors
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