I’m about to buy a new Dell desktop computer. On my old one, using MS Word,
I had trouble locating the cursor; the blinking vertical line. Can you
recommend a Dell desktop for writers that has a bigger, bolder cursors or
In this excerpt from
Answercast #7, I discuss how the cursor size is set and show how and where
to set it larger so you can see it.
No, I can’t because it’s not the machine that’s setting the cursor. They put the same cursor on whatever machine you’re running. The cursor is controlled by software.
So, in a case like this, the actual shape of the cursor, the size of the cursor, the color of the cursor are all things that are controlled by Windows. They are not set by Word; they are all controlled by Windows.
Get a good monitor
There are two approaches you can take to making things more readable. One is to get a better monitor.
Not the computer, just the monitor.
Invest in perhaps a larger monitor or a higher quality monitor to help you to be able to see what’s on the screen.
Adjust monitor settings
The other approach is to use (at least in Windows 7) utilities that allow you to increase the size of fonts. You can increase the size of what’s on the screen, and there are alternate cursor sets that you can choose from – many of which are large and much more visible.
Again, though, they apply to all programs that you run in Windows, not just Word.
The place to look is in the Control Panel under what’s called “Ease of Access.” Ease of Access settings do a number of different things to improve how your computer functions. Many of them are targeted at individuals who have some form of impairment. But even for those of us with aging eyeballs (like myself), sometimes it’s very nice to go in and use a magnifier tool, or set a bolder cursor, or increase the size of things on the screen in a way that makes them more readable.
So that’s where I’d point you: to the Control Panel > Ease of Access setting and spend a few minutes investigating what goes on inside there. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
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