Vishful thinking…

Cursor change helper

Posted in Uncategorized by viswaug on September 28, 2007

I created a little cursor helper today to make it easy to change the cursor in a windows forms app. When a button click event in a form triggers a long operation, you would want to convey a visual feedback that the operation is in process and that the operation is complete by changing the cursor to a Wait cursor and back. If your code to do the above looks like this, 

Cursor c = this.Cursor;

this.Cursor = Cursors.WaitCursor;

//Do long operation


this.Cursor = c;


then you can save some pain in your wrist by using the CursorHelper class and your code can look like this.

using (new CursorHelper(Cursors.WaitCursor))


     //Do long operation



Here is the CursorHelper utility class.

    public class CursorHelper:IDisposable


        Cursor _oldCursor;

        Cursor _newCursor;


        public CursorHelper(Cursor pnewCursor)


            _oldCursor = Cursor.Current;

            _newCursor = pnewCursor;

            Cursor.Current = _newCursor;



        #region IDisposable Members


        public void Dispose()


            Cursor.Current = _oldCursor;






3 Responses

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  1. Dave said, on September 28, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Vish – very cool – I knew you could not give up the curly brackets!

  2. Raj said, on November 19, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    Excellent idea… Will definetly use it in my stuff

  3. argatxa said, on April 8, 2009 at 11:30 am


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