How to make a pipette cursor

Inspired by my this morning’s training session on our new Gen5 software for our new BioTek Synergy H1 plate reader, I noticed that the software developers have made the cutest ever pipette cursor for populating the well-plate information. Immediately, I just had to have my very own pipette cursor! After a quick search and a few YouTube clips, I made my own Gilson pipette and before I forget all the steps, I thought I’d just write this blog post.

Steps:

  1. Download an image of your pipette or any other cool science photo that you would like as your cursor. Perhaps a growth factor receptor might tickle your fancy 😉 Ideally something that is elongated with a point that you can direct the mouse to click on “x” to close windows and open documents etc. Here I opted for a Gilson pipette since this is the typical brand I use.
  2. Open the pipette up in Photoshop and rotate it such that it points at the tip of pipette so it looks upside down.
  3. Import the image into www.cursor.cc and start editing and refining how you want the image to look by adjusting clicking the boxes to change the colours etc. It looks pixelated but when it’s the size of a cursor, it won’t be so obvious. Make sure you make the background transparent using the eraser tool.
  4. Download your cursor ensuring that it is a “.cur” file
  5. Open “Control Panel” in your Start menu (I have a Windows laptop and not sure if it’s the same for Mac), search for “mouse” and click on “Change the appearance of my mouse” >> Import the new cursor you just created and “Apply” >> VOILA! You now have a pipette cursor!
  6. Click away or should I say, pipette away! 🙂

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