Changing Cursors in Java Swing

OK then. Let’s get started. This tutorial will teach you how to change the cursor icon which is used to display the location of the mouse, to one of the other predefined Icons in the Java Abstract Window Toolkit (and hence, Java Swing).
You change the cursor using

/* Cursor.CROSSHAIR_CURSOR is predefined */
Cursor curse = new Cursor(Cursor.CROSSHAIR_CURSOR); //or...
Cursor curse = Cursor.getPredefinedCursor(Cursor.CROSSHAIR_CURSOR);

You set the cursor of any Swing Component using the setCursor() method.

/* You can use setCursor() on almost any
 * Swing Component, including JPanel,
 * JButton etc. even JFrame */
JPanel myPanel = new JPanel();

Here is a sample program:

import java.awt.*;
import javax.swing.*;

public class MainApp extends JFrame{
	public MainApp(){
		// Chores
		// Set a Predefined Cursor to our JFrame
	public static void main(String[] args){
		// For Native Look and Feel
		try{ UIManager.setLookAndFeel(UIManager.getSystemLookAndFeelClassName()); 
		}catch(Exception e){}
		/* Run the Frame */
		SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable(){
			public void run(){
				new MainApp();


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