type = 'application/x-shockwave-flash'
data = 'http://sitepointstatic.com/flash/mousehide.swf'
width = '400'
height = '400'
bgcolor = 'black'
>

Many Flash developers ask me how they can change the appearance of the user’s cursor as it moves across their Flash site. Here’s the answer!

Before you begin, download the sample files here.

1. Let’s start by creating a cursor. In the sample file I’ve created a cross hair.

2. Convert the cursor object to a movie clip.

3. Right click the cursor movie clip, and insert this action:

   onClipEvent (load) 
  {
  startDrag ("", true);
  }

This action moves the cursor movie clip along with the cursor.

4.In the default layer key frame, insert the action:

mouse.hide();

This action hides the mouse.

That’s it! Test the movie.

Georgina Laidlaw
Georgina has more than fifteen years' experience writing and editing for web, print and voice. With a background in marketing and a passion for words, the time Georgina spent with companies like Sausage Software and sitepoint.com cemented her lasting interest in the media, persuasion, and communications culture.

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