Microsoft Word/Word Cursor
QUESTION: I have difficulty seeing the cursor in Word. I use XP. The instructions I found to change the cursor color or size say to go to Control Panel and click on Display and Themes; however, my control panel has no such critter.
ANSWER: You can change the appearance of the mouse pointer(s) in the Control Panel (where will depend on your version of Windows), but it you're actually talking about the blinking cursor, then there are two possible approaches:
1. If the cursor is just very small (short), then you've encountered a bug of unknown origin that can be cleared by switching to 500% Zoom and back. This is not a permanent cure, but it always works.
2. If the cursor is not wide enough to suit you, or you would like to change the blink rate, you can change this in the Ease of Access Center (Windows 7) or Accessibility Options (Windows XP). In Windows 7 the path is Control Panel | All Control Panel Items | Ease of Access Center | Make the computer easier to see. There's a place to change the width of the cursor as well as other, related settings. You can change the cursor blink rate on the Speed Tab of Control Panel | Keyboard.
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QUESTION: Thank you for your good reply. Sorry about my belated reply. I won't bore you with personal details that are my excuse.
My problem is not with the blinking cursor; it's with the "I" shaped mouse cursor that I seem to lose sight of in Word. I've been left clicking and moving the mouse to highlight as a way to find it. Seems dumb on my part, so I thought I'd see if there's a way to change the color or otherwise be able to locate the "I" more easily.
I studied Latin in prep school but was too young--you know what Mark Twain said about education being wasted on the youth--but even so it was a blessing. I'm a working editor and writer and lover of the word, especially etymology, so you know what I mean. One does not know his own language until he studies another, and nothing helps people understand the structure of English better than Latin., eh?
Okay, so it's the mouse pointer you need to make more noticeable. I share your problem--I often find myself waving the mouse around hoping to spot the arrow or I-beam. But there are two lines of attack:
1. Go to Control Panel | Mouse and choose the Pointers tab. In Windows 7, in addition to whatever scheme is currently selected, you'll see that there are others, some of which are labeled Large or Extra Large. In Windows XP, ISTR that there were "themes" that had fancier pointers.
2. In the same Mouse Properties dialog, select the Pointer Options tab. There are some Visibility options that may help: "Display pointer trails" and "Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key."
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