Cursor width and blink rate

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Changing the cursor width and blink rate can make it easier to see the cursor and control the text.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Select the Windows logo ‘Start’ button.
  2. Select ‘Control Panel’.
  3. In the Control Panel, select ‘Ease of Access’.
  4. Select ‘Ease of Access Center’.
  5. Select ‘Make the keyboard easier to use’.
  6. In the ‘See also’ section at the bottom of the window, select ‘Keyboard settings’
  7. To adjust the repeat delay, select and hold the first slide bar.  Moving the bar to the left will make the delay longer, moving it right will make it shorter.
  8. To adjust the repeat rate, select and hold the second slide bar. Moving to the left will slow down the repeat rate, moving it to the right will speed it up.
  9. To adjust the cursor blink rate, select and hold the third slide bar, located towards the bottom of the window.  Move the bar left to slow down the blink rate and right to speed it up.
  10. Select the ‘OK’ button.

Windows XP

  1. Select the ‘Start’ button.
  2. Select ‘Control Panel’.
  3. In the Control Panel, select ‘Accessibility Options’.  If there is no ‘Accessibility Options’ icon, you may need to switch Control Panel into Classic View. This can be done by selecting the words ‘Switch to Classic View’ located on the left-hand side.
  4. The ‘Accessibility Options’ window should appear. Select the ‘Display’ tab, located in the top-middle of the window.
  5. In the ‘Cursor Options’ section located halfway down the screen, a ‘Blink Rate’ slide bar can be selected. Select and hold the bar, moving it left to slow down or stop, and right to speed it up.
  6. Underneath is a second slide bar for the cursor width. Move it left to make the cursor more narrow, and right to make it thicker.
  7. Once the preferences have been set, select the ‘OK’ button.

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