Microsoft Word/change cursor color

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I find the cursor is hard to see in my Word 2007 documents as its color is not sufficient contrast to the mid green background. How do I change it?  Black, white or dark blue would be fine. Thanks.

Peter

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The cursor that is displayed in Microsoft Word may be changed if you would like to see something other than the standard cursor. However, there is no option available in the MS Word program to change the cursor display or pointer style. To change the cursor display, you will need to select a different mouse pointer from the "Mouse Properties" option that is found in the Windows control panel.

If using Windows XP, here's how:

1. Click the "Start" button, and then select the option for "Control Panel." Select the option for "Appearance and Themes."

2. Click the "Mouse Pointers" option that is under "See Also" on the left panel. This will display the "Mouse Properties" window or dialog box.

3. Go to the "Pointers" tab, and scroll through the available options under the "Customize" section.

4. Select a pointer style that you want to use. Uncheck the box for "Allow themes to change mouse pointers," and then click the "Apply" button to save the change.

5. Repeat this process to change to a different cursor display.

If you are using Vista/Windows 7:

6. Click the "Start" button, and then select the option for the "Control Panel." Type "mouse" into the text box on the upper right, and then press the "Enter" key. This will display the "Mouse Properties" window or dialog box.

7. Go to the "Pointers" tab, and scroll through the available options under the "Customize" section.

8. Select a pointer style that you want to use and then click the "Apply" button to save the change. If you are using Windows 7, uncheck the box for "Allow themes to change mouse pointers" before clicking the "Apply" button.

9. Repeat this process to change to a different cursor display

Hope this helps resolve for you.

Mary
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