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blinking block cursor in Internet Explorer

Posted on 2006-11-20
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The text cursor has changed from the Ibeam style, to that of a block cursor... This only happens in Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer... I have attempted to change to a different cursor set, and then back to the Windows default with no success. The cursor is normal in applications such as Word and notepad...

The OS is XP Pro, SP2, IE is 7...
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by:LeeTutor
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Perhaps the advice on this page will be helpful?

http://experts.about.com/q/Windows-XP-3282/WIndows-Xp-cursor.htm
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Thank you for the suggestions... however they didn't shed any light on my problem. I have run Ad-Aware and Spybot 1.4 with no avail....
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Open registry and go to the following key:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Look for the DWORD value "CaretWidth"

The default value for this should be 1.  If it's larger than 1, that would explain your block cursor.

Simply change the value to 1 and reboot.  (You could also just delete this value if you wish since, if Windows does not find any value, it defaults to 1 anyway)

Hope this helps!
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by:vancampconsult
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Hey there Bodragon! Thant worked! Thanks a bunch! Have a gooday!...
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