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Windows 10 Tip: Increase Your Cursor’s Thickness

As computers continue to gain increased screen resolution, some items in the UI are becoming harder to see. Particularly for those of use with declining vision and using Microsoft Office or blogging. Sometimes it can be hard finding where your cursor is at in a document or spreadsheet.

To fix that issue, one thing you can do is increase the thickness of the cursor. Here’s where to find the setting and help make the cursor easier to see.

Increase Cursor Thickness in Windows 10

Open the Settings app (Windows Key + I) and head to Ease of Access > Other Options. Now in the Visual Options section at the bottom, you’ll find a slider for cursor thickness. Just slide it higher or lower to get it to where you like it. You can move it between 1 all the way up to 20.

Cursor thickness Windows 10

Here’re a couple of examples of how the cursor will look. First, in the shot below the cursor is set to the default size in a Word document.

cursor default

In the shot below I increased the thickness up to 10. As you can see, it’s much easier to see and locate the cursor.

cursor thickness 10

The cursor won’t just be larger in documents either. It will be the increased thickness you selected throughout the OS.

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4 Responses to Windows 10 Tip: Increase Your Cursor’s Thickness

  1. Ziggy April 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

    Nice one, Brian! (Seek and you will find). Now, is it possible to change the color of the cursor? Vivid red would be just right, or maybe sky blue, or possibly sickly green… “D’oh!” And, to paraphrase Homer Simpson, where do I find the “Any Key” on my computer to relaunch a program? Lol!

    • Brian Burgess April 20, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

      @Ziggy:

      Actually, stay tuned and check us out tomorrow I have something along those lines that might interest you 🙂

      And yes, that was a CLASSIC episode of The Simpsons.

      When I wrote at How to Geek I actually wrote a funny article about that while I was working in IT:

      http://www.howtogeek.com/79870/funny-only-to-a-geek/

      • Ziggy April 20, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

        @Brian: Good one and thanks for the “historic” link. On that note “…. all this computer hacking is making me thirsty, I think I’ll order a… beer.”

  2. mur_phy April 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    while my test shows this to work in Wordpad, it does not in my email nor in forums nor in a room in Paltalk (PC Tech). I have posted it as I do wish it did work as a larger cursor is nice to have. Likely there is a third party app but I have not bothered to search. As far as I know in windows the color of the cursor is either white or black whereas another color would be nice as it would be for the mouse pointer but if incorrect, would love to be able to select another color.

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