Block Cursor in Windows 7- How to change it

Posted on 2010-11-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I just got a new computer running Windows 7 and noticed when I type the cursor is a black square or block rather than a line.  I can't figure out how to get the cursor back to the line when typing.  The problem occurs in all applications where ever I need to type something.  In searching posts, I have come across something about changing the width of the cursor but haven't been able to find out how to do that in Win 7.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
Question by:dyarosh
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by:Ernie Beek
ID: 34084877
Have a look at: control panel->mouse->pointers

Should be one there called text select

Author Comment

ID: 34084907
There is and it is set to a line.
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Ernie Beek earned 500 total points
ID: 34085072
Had to look for the cursor width but got it: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Ease of Access Center\Make the mouse easier to use
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Author Comment

ID: 34085204
Mouse Pointer set to Regular/White.  CHanged to Large/White but still have the same problem with the block cursor.  Changed back to Regular/White and still have the same problem.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34088214
Here are the exact steps that solved the problem:

Open Control Panel and click on Ease of Access Center.  On the Make Your Computer Easier to Use screen under Explore All Settings, click on Make the Computer Easier to Use.  On the Make the Computer Easier to Use screen on the Set the Thickness of the Blinking Cursor click on the arrow and select 1.  Click OK at the bottom.

Thanks for your help.
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by:Ernie Beek
ID: 34088637
My pleasure :)

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