Cursor thickness?


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Peter Jason

Win7 SP1

Somehow I changed the default cursor to a thicker
one and now I want to go back to the original. How
do I do this, because I don't remember.

Peter
 
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Newsworthy

Right click on desktop, choose "personalise", a window opens, from the
list on the left choose "Change mouse pointers" I'll leave the rest for
you to experiment with!
 
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Peter Jason

Right click on desktop, choose "personalise", a window opens, from the
list on the left choose "Change mouse pointers" I'll leave the rest for
you to experiment with!
I've done all this but I can't find it. Did
things change when Microsoft brought out the new
"Mouse & Keyboard" options?

These "Mouse and Keyboard" settings seem to
feature the mouse only - and no keyboard.

The "Keyboard" on the Control Panel changes the
cursor blink rate only.

Peter
 
E

Ed Cryer

Peter said:
I've done all this but I can't find it. Did
things change when Microsoft brought out the new
"Mouse & Keyboard" options?

These "Mouse and Keyboard" settings seem to
feature the mouse only - and no keyboard.

The "Keyboard" on the Control Panel changes the
cursor blink rate only.

Peter
Stop and engage brain, then read Newsworthy's advice again.

Ed
 
W

Wildman

Win7 SP1

Somehow I changed the default cursor to a thicker
one and now I want to go back to the original. How
do I do this, because I don't remember.

Peter
I assume you are talking about the cursor in notepad,
word etc. If so, you might have the insert turned on.
Most editors change the appearance of the cursor to
visually show the state of insert, either a thin
vertical line or a rectangular block.

Just I passing thought.
 
G

Gene E. Bloch

I assume you are talking about the cursor in notepad,
word etc. If so, you might have the insert turned on.
Most editors change the appearance of the cursor to
visually show the state of insert, either a thin
vertical line or a rectangular block.

Just I passing thought.
In which case pressing the Insert key to the right of the keyboard will
change it to the other state.
 
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Peter Jason

I assume you are talking about the cursor in notepad,
word etc. If so, you might have the insert turned on.
Most editors change the appearance of the cursor to
visually show the state of insert, either a thin
vertical line or a rectangular block.

Just I passing thought.
This "ins" key seems to change spontaneously from
one state to another. Many times I type assuming
the text will be inserted but in fact it is
displacing the old, and I have to go back and redo
it all. I don't suppose there's an "ins" lock?
 
P

Paul in Houston TX

Peter said:
This "ins" key seems to change spontaneously from
one state to another. Many times I type assuming
the text will be inserted but in fact it is
displacing the old, and I have to go back and redo
it all. I don't suppose there's an "ins" lock?
Sounds like your keyboard is shot, or the KB controller.
 
K

Ken Blake

This "ins" key seems to change spontaneously from
one state to another. Many times I type assuming
the text will be inserted but in fact it is
displacing the old, and I have to go back and redo
it all. I don't suppose there's an "ins" lock?

Yes, there are several ways to lock the state of the key. I use and
recommend SharpKeys at http://www.randyrants.com/sharpkeys/

I keep my insert key set to insert mode, and have SharpKeys keep it
that way. I never want to be in typeover mode, and I don't have to
worry about accidentally hitting the key and changing it without
realizing it.
 
P

Paul

Peter said:
This "ins" key seems to change spontaneously from
one state to another. Many times I type assuming
the text will be inserted but in fact it is
displacing the old, and I have to go back and redo
it all. I don't suppose there's an "ins" lock?
On my W7 laptop, I ended up removing the multiple keyboard
definitions, before it stopped randomly doing things
on its own. Some examples here, of what you might see.
My laptop came with English and French keyboard mappings,
and I removed things until only the one I wanted (English),
was left.

http://superuser.com/questions/132601/windows-apps-keep-switching-to-accented-text

http://i.stack.imgur.com/5jvZT.png

Paul
 
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Ed Cryer

Peter said:
I will have to sleep on this because I still can't
find it!
Try this then.
Control Panel/ Mouse Pointers tab.
Try a few different schemes.

Ed
 
P

Peter Jason

Try this then.
Control Panel/ Mouse Pointers tab.
Try a few different schemes.

Ed
Alas, this is not possible because I like a big
pointer.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Ken Blake said:
Yes, there are several ways to lock the state of the key. I use and
recommend SharpKeys at http://www.randyrants.com/sharpkeys/

I keep my insert key set to insert mode, and have SharpKeys keep it
that way. I never want to be in typeover mode, and I don't have to
worry about accidentally hitting the key and changing it without
realizing it.
(SharpKeys looks useful - though not intuitive!)

I find ITK - Insert ToggleKey (so named because of its similarity to the
accessibility functions for the three lock keys; it doesn't actually
toggle anything) - http://www.mlin.net/other.shtml - useful; it just
sounds a tone if you accidentally hit the insert key. (Some softwares
use the key in the inverse manner, or used to - not sure if still under
7.)
--
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)[email protected]+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

.... much to the surprise of everyone else in the galaxy, who had not realised
that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it. (Link
episode)
 
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Ken Blake

(SharpKeys looks useful - though not intuitive!)

I find ITK - Insert ToggleKey (so named because of its similarity to the
accessibility functions for the three lock keys; it doesn't actually
toggle anything) - http://www.mlin.net/other.shtml - useful; it just
sounds a tone if you accidentally hit the insert key. (Some softwares
use the key in the inverse manner, or used to - not sure if still under
7.)

Yes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Personally, I use
SharpKeys to turn of the Insert and Caps Lock keys, and I prefer it
that way.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Ken Blake said:
On Sat, 22 Jun 2013 07:26:27 +0100, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"



Yes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Personally, I use
SharpKeys to turn of the Insert and Caps Lock keys, and I prefer it
that way.
For the Caps (and Num, and Scroll) lock keys, have you actually tried
ToggleKeys under Accessibility Options (XP-speak, not sure if the same
in 7)? I do occasionally use Caps Lock, so don't want to disable it
altogether, but knowing when I've hit it accidentally is handy. (Unlike
ITK for the insert key, ToggleKeys gives a different sound for on and
off.)
 
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Ken Blake

For the Caps (and Num, and Scroll) lock keys, have you actually tried
ToggleKeys under Accessibility Options (XP-speak, not sure if the same
in 7)?

Yes. I found the sound so quiet as to be almost inaudible.

I do occasionally use Caps Lock, so don't want to disable it
altogether, but knowing when I've hit it accidentally is handy. (Unlike
ITK for the insert key, ToggleKeys gives a different sound for on and
off.)

I never want to use either Caps Lock or Typeover, so, for me, turning
those choices off completely is the best choice.

But we are all different.
 

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