.ANI File Extension

Windows Animated Cursor

To use an ANI file as a Windows cursor image, open the Control Panel and search for "mouse." In the Mouse Properties window under Pointers, select the cursor to modify. Click Browse, select your ANI f...

General Information

Title ANI File Extension
Extension .ani
Full Form Windows Animated Cursor
File Type Cursor Image File
Developer Microsoft Corporation
MIME Type application/octet-stream

File Function

Primary Function Animated cursor
Additional Functions Interactivity, Theming
Features Frames, Sequences

File Characteristics

Quality Pixel-based
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable Yes

Use Cases

User Interface Yes
Desktop Customization Yes
Games Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Cursor spoofing, Malware
Best Practices Verified sources, Antivirus scan

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Windows 3.0
Latest Version Latest Windows

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .cur, .ico

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Windows Built-in Windows
RealWorld Cursor Editor Free Windows
GIMP Free Windows, Mac, Linux