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get the current mouse cursor type

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I am setting up a custom application i would like to get the user current mouse type,before changing it to a custom cursor type so i can restore it when the application closes.
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Use Screen.MousePointer. E.g.

Public Sub YourMethod()

  Dim OldMousePointer As Long
 
  OldMousePointer = Screen.MousePointer
  Screen.MousePointer = ccHourglass
  'some code
  Screen.MousePointer = OldMousePointer

End Sub

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with either a reference on MSComctLib or

Public Enum MousePointerConstants

  'Default
  ccDefault = 0  '&H0

  'Arrow mouse pointer
  ccArrow = 1  '&H1

  'Cross mouse pointer
  ccCross = 2  '&H2

  'I-Beam mouse pointer
  ccIBeam = 3  '&H3

  'Icon mouse pointer
  ccIcon = 4  '&H4

  'Size mouse pointer
  ccSize = 5  '&H5

  'Size NE SW mouse pointer
  ccSizeNESW = 6  '&H6

  'Size N S mouse pointer
  ccSizeNS = 7  '&H7

  'Size NW SE mouse pointer
  ccSizeNWSE = 8  '&H8

  'Size W E mouse pointer
  ccSizeEW = 9  '&H9

  'Up arrow mouse pointer
  ccUpArrow = 10  '&HA

  'Hourglass mouse pointer
  ccHourglass = 11  '&HB

  'No drop mouse pointer
  ccNoDrop = 12  '&HC

  'Arrow and Hourglass mouse pointer
  ccArrowHourglass = 13  '&HD

  'Arrow and Question mark mouse pointer
  ccArrowQuestion = 14  '&HE

  'Size all mouse pointer
  ccSizeAll = 15  '&HF

  'Custom mouse pointer icon specified by the MouseIcon property
  ccCustom = 99  '&H63
End Enum

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by:crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, Access
crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, Access earned 166 total points
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The Mouse Pointer is controlled by Windows so APIs can be used to change it.

Displaying a custom Mouse icon by Terry Kreft
http://access.mvps.org/access/api/api0044.htm

Here is a page on MSDN that discusses the cursor.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms648379(v=vs.85).aspx

Use the GetCursor function to find out about the cursor before you change anything.
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by:Svgmassive
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OldMousePointer = Screen.MousePointer is returning Zero.not working
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by:ste5an
ste5an earned 334 total points
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It is. It just means that the current pointer, accessed by reading Screen.MousePointer, is ccDefault = 0. Thus the normal arrow pointer.
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