Make “Insert Cursor” Bigger in Windows 8
By Dave Taylor
The Question:My Dad’s been doing well with the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 on his new Vizio all-in-one computer, but one thing’s messing him up when he’s working on his novel: he can no longer find the cursor in Notepad. You know, the one that’s just a vertical line? How can we fix that?
The first thing I’ll recommend is that you do not download and install any cursor apps, utilities or tools. There are a ton of them that offer fun cursors, new sound effects, etc, and they’re just about all a disaster. One word: spyware. Think about it: if you give an unknown piece of software from a third party permission to replace your cursor driver or other theme or Windows-level utility, is it any wonder that’s a prime vector for malware entering your computer and messing things up?
I watched that kind of software trash my own Dad’s old PC so badly that we finally just threw it away and bought a new one, it had crept that low into the BIOS and system. Just avoid those cursor changing apps like the plague they are!
Fortunately, I don’t see you mentioning that was a path of potential solution for you or your father. Keep it that way. 🙂
Turns out you can easily “fatten” that insertion cursor within the standard Windows 8 settings if you know how.
This post is excerpted with permission from Dave Taylor.
Sign up for Dave’s emails about free tech support and special offers on books, seminars, workshops and more.