Changing the Text Cursor Indicator

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated June 2, 2020)

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Often when we use Windows, we tend to overlook what items we use daily. We accept the default settings the way they are initially set up and put no thought into changing them. Whether this is the screen resolution or direction of your mouse's scroll wheel, the truth is that Windows has quite a bit of customization capability. By adjusting certain aspects of Windows, we can have a system that works best for us. The option(s) we can change and modify improves with almost every new update to the Windows OS. The newest update, Windows 10 May 2020, or 20H1, is no different. The newest update brings with it the ability to change the text cursor indicator, sometimes referred to as the insertion point. Previously you could change the thickness of the text cursor indicator, but now you can also change the color. Let's take a look at how quick and easy you can adjust the size and color of your cursor indicator:
  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Change Cursor Thickness," then press Enter. Windows displays the Text Cursor section of the Ease of Access Settings of the Settings dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Text Cursor section of the Settings dialog box.

  3. Click on the toggle under "Turn on Text Cursor Indicator." This activates the Text Cursor immediately. The Text Cursor Indicator is two-colored balloon-shaped arrowheads added to the top and bottom of the text cursor.
  4. Under the "Change Text Cursor Indicator Size" move the slider left or right to adjust the size of balloon-shaped arrowheads of the text cursor. As you move the slider you will see an example of the change in the sample text box above the slider. The further right you move the slider the larger it becomes.
  5. Under the "Suggested Text Cursor Indicator Colors" choose from one of seven standard colors. Again, the change will be previewed in the sample text box. If you desire, you can pick a custom color by clicking on the plus button next to "Pick A Custom Color."
  6. Change the text cursor size by sliding the slider under "Change the Text Cursor Appearance" section. Slide the slider to the right to make the thickness larger.
  7. When all changes are made, close the Settings window. All your changes take effect immediately.
  8. Through simple changes, such as modifying the Text Cursor indicator, you can set your Windows computer up to be more comfortable and suit your needs.

 This tip (13766) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...

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