The animated cursor that Microsoft have introduced in recent versions of Office drives me absolutely crazy - I simply must have it disabled. I am using Office 2016/Office 365 with Windows 7 and previously I had disabled the animation by following the instructions given in this answer: https://superuser.com/a/1009313/799549.
However, it seems that something has updated overnight (it's a company-administrated work laptop) and now the cursor animation has returned. I've tried both of the suggestions in that answer (using the ../Software/Microsoft/Office/16.0/.. registry folder for Office 2016), but neither has worked and the animation has not been disabled.
Has anyone else experienced this with Office 2016/Window 7? Is there anything else I can try?