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need utility to thicken insertion point

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I need a utility to thicken the insertion point (the blinking vertical bar) on my powerbook so it is easier to read.  at present it is only one pixel thick and hard to find.  Surely someone must have craeted a fix for this already..
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That's a tough one. I don't know of any utility that does it. There are several reasons: First, such a utility would only work with applications that use standard Mac text routines, such as SimpleText. It would not work in Word or even BBEdit because these programs have their own proprietary code for drawing insertion points.
Second, even if one were to try to replace the Mac's own insertion point drawing, this would be very complex. For one thing, it is an undocumented routine. Also, it is written to accomadate things like double insertion points (with a "high" bar and a "low" bar) for computers that use mixed-directional text (such as an Arabic Mac). So replacing it would be pretty difficult.

So the answer is no, no one has created a fix for this. And there are some good reasons why no one has. But theoretically, it could easily be done by the people who write the software itself. You might want to try writing to Apple and the makers of various word processors and text editors to ask them to make this an option in future versions of their software. I think it's a good idea and I'm surprised no one has made this an option already.

In the meantime, your only other option is to use CloseView which, of course, makes everything bigger.
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