File Extension ANI

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    Animated Cursor
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Have you encountered a problem with a ANI file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a ANI file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your ANI file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


The file extension ANI marks so-called Microsoft Windows animated cursor files, ie animated cursors or mouse pointer files. Ani files are similar to cur files in Ico format. However, while cur files contain only one image, the ANI file contains several images that can be played back as an animation. In addition, you also include information about the author, frame rate and playing time. The rotating hourglass or the circle with rotating gradient (as of Vista) are such ANI files.

The ANI format was introduced with Windows 95, then expanded in later Windows version to allow also multicolored cursors. However, many cursor files still have the cur format. Even under Windows 7 cur files are still used.

Directly under Windows, ANI files can not be opened without a corresponding editor. In order to assign an ANI file to a specific mouse pointer state, you have to go to the control panel under Display on the mouse pointer properties. Under the tab pointer you will find a whole series of ready-made topics that access different ANI files.

Own ANI files are assigned by selecting the appropriate state and clicking on Browse. (do not forget to save the new theme) Ani themes can also be part of a whole desktop theme.

To create ANI files yourself or to view or change existing ones, there are various graphics programs, but also special editors.

It should be noted that Microsoft announced on 31/07/2007 security vulnerability of ANI files. The problem is Windows 2000 to Vista. A security fix for Windows (Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-017; KB 925902) resolves this issue.

Programs which can open a ANI file

How to open a ANI file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the ANI file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a ANI file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support ANI files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a ANI file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all ANI files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with ANI there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the ANI file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the ANI file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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