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Cursor - Set Thickness Width

How to Set the Thickness Width of the Blinking Cursor in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
13 Jan 2012
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How to Set the Thickness Width of the Blinking Cursor in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to set the thickness of the blinking cursor to be thicker or thinner to make it easier for you to see it while typing anything inside of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Default and Thicker Blinking Cursor
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-default.jpg

Cursor - Set Thickness Width-thicker.jpg




Cursor - Set Thickness Width OPTION ONE Cursor - Set Thickness Width
To Set Blinking Cursor Thickness in Ease of Access Center

Note   Note
Anytime you make a change to a setting in the Ease of Access Center, it will reset your Visual Effects settings back to default, so you will need to check and set them again after using this option.

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Ease of Access Center icon, and close the Control Panel.

2. In Ease of Access Center, click/tap on the Make the computer easier to see link. (see screenshot below)
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-step-1.jpg
3. Scroll down towards the bottom until you see the Set the thickness of the blinking cursor option. Set how thick (1-20) you would like the cursor to be, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default thickness is 1.
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-step-2.jpg



Cursor - Set Thickness Width OPTION TWO Cursor - Set Thickness Width
To Set Blinking Cursor Thickness using PC settings

NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
1. Open PC settings, click/tap on Ease of Access in the left pane, and do step 2 or 3 below for the Windows 8 you have. (see screenshots below)

2. In Windows 8 and Windows RT, click/tap on the Cursor thickness drop down menu on the right side, select how thick you want the cursor to be, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default thickness is 1.
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-pc-settings-1.jpg
3. In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, click/tap on Other Options on the left side. On the right side of "Other Options" under Cursor thickness, move the slider left (thinner) or right (thicker) to how thick you want the cursor to be, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default thickness is 1.
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-8.1.jpg
4. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.




Cursor - Set Thickness Width OPTION THREE Cursor - Set Thickness Width
To Set Blinking Cursor Thickness using Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Cursor - Set Thickness Width-reg-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Desktop, double click/tap on CaretWidth to modify it. (see screenshot above)

5. Select (dot) Decimal, then type in a number between 1 and 20 for how thick you would like the blinking cursor to be, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The default thickness is 1.
Cursor - Set Thickness Width-reg-2.jpg
6. Close regedit.

7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.
That's it,
Shawn







22 Jun 2015   #1
lago

Winows 7 home
 
 

I tried this, it made no difference to my GMail cursor?
Any suggestions please?


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22 Jun 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lago, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What are you using to type your GMail in?

It works fine for me in Internet Explorer.
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22 Jun 2015   #3
lago

Winows 7 home
 
 

Windows 7 64/opera or chrome or firefox. Sorry I don't use explorer!
Is that what you mean?
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22 Jun 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ah, yep this doesn't affect the cursor in 3rd party programs like Firefox, Chrome, or Opera. I'd ask this in the Browsers & Mail forum area to hopefully get a quick solution.
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