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In Windows 11 or Windows 10 operating system, the text cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing. Caret Timeout (default is 5000 milliseconds or 5 seconds) is the time in milliseconds that the text cursor will continue to blink before it automatically stops blinking. In this post, we will show you how to change the Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows.
If you still haven’t understood what Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout is then watch this video.
See how the cursor stopped blinking after 5 seconds.
Change Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows 11/10
To change the Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows 11/10, you need to modify the registry. Do the following:
Since this is a registry operation, it is recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point as necessary precautionary measures. Once done, you can proceed as follows:
- Press Windows key + R to invoke the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog box, type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
- Navigate or jump to the registry key path below:
- At the location, on the right pane, double-click the CaretTimeout entry to edit its properties.
If the key is not present, right-click on the blank space on the right pane and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value to create the registry key and then rename the key as CaretTimeout and hit Enter.
- Double-click on the new entry to edit its properties.
- In the properties dialog box, under Base, select the radio button for the Decimal option.
- Now, type in how many milliseconds you want for the text cursor blink timeout.
Note: The default text cursor blink timeout is 5000 milliseconds and 1000 milliseconds equals 1 second.
- Click OK or hit Enter to save the change.
- Exit Registry Editor.
- Restart PC.
That’s it on how to change Text Caret Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows 11/10!
Related post: How to make Cursor blink faster or slower in Windows
Text cursor stops blinking after a few seconds
The cursor will by default stop blinking after 5 seconds in Windows11/10. If you wish to make it continue blinking all the time, then you may give the CaretTimeout registry DWORD a large value like, say, 90000 (Decimal) or then set the value to, say, ffffffff (Hexadecimal).
How do I change the blinking text cursor?
If you wish to make the cursor blink faster or change its Repeat Rate or Delay, all you need to do is open Control Panel > Keyboard Properties. You will find the settings under the Speed tab. Change the settings per your requirement and click Apply > OK.
How do I change my typing indicator?
To change the Text Cursor Indicator color in Windows 11/10, do the following:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Ease of access > Text Cursor.
- On the right, see the Use text cursor indicator section.
- Click on the desired color under Suggested text cursor indicator color.
How do I stop the cursor from blinking in Word?
To stop the cursor from blinking in Word, do the following:
- Open Control Panel.
- Double-click on the Keyboard applet to display the Keyboard Properties dialog box.
- At the bottom of the dialog box is a place to control the Cursor Blink Rate.
- Click on OK.
How do I change my cursor from bold to normal?
To change your cursor from bold to normal in Windows 11/10, follow these instructions: In the PC Settings Menu select Ease of Access. In the Ease of Access Menu select Other Options. At the bottom of the page in the Visual Options section see the Cursor Thickness Slider and slide it all the way to the left.
Hope this helps.
Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.
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