Change the Blinking Cursor to a Solid Cursor

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To change the cursor within an application to a constant "ON" (non- blinking) state:

  1. Open the WIN.INI file using any text editor (for example Notepad or MS-DOS Editor).
  2. Locate the [Windows] section.
  3. Change "CursorBlinkRate=" to a value of -1.


Setting "CursorBlinkRate=-1" causes the cursor to remain in the "ON" state.

When a cursor is displayed in a Windows-based application, it appears as a blinking cursor. As default, "CursorBlinkRate=530" is set in the WIN.INI file's [Windows] section. This blink rate is normally changed from the Desktop setting in Control Panel. When the Desktop Blink Rate is set to Slow, the WIN.INI file is changed to "CursorBlinkRate=1200". If the Blink Rate is set to Fast, the WIN.INI file is changed to "CursorBlinkRate=200". This setting determines how much time, in milliseconds, the cursor will be displayed and, accordingly, how much time it will be off.

If you are using a Microsoft Mouse, you may want to call the Microsoft Sales Information Center (MSIC) at (800) 426-9400 for information about obtaining the Mouse Driver 8.20 kit, which comes with a utility that allows you to change the size of the mouse pointer.


Article ID: 84347 - Last Review: September 24, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows 3.0 Standard Edition

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