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How do you change the width of the cursor in Microsoft Word
to assist the visually impaired

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Msg#: 5832 posted 1:36 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

I recently made some changes to a PC owned by someone who is visually impaired. He is running Windows XP so I was able to go through the Accessibility Wizard changing such things as the width of the text cursor (carat).

However, this doesn't seem to have any effect in Microsoft Word. It still shows the normal cursor. The new large cursor is shown in other programs like Notepad, IE, etc.

Anyone know why Word isn't picking up this setting, or how I can fix the problem?



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Msg#: 5832 posted 1:54 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

To make changes to your mouse cursor (size and type) open the Mouse dialogue in the Control Panel and explore through the “Pointers” and “Motion” tabs. Again, as in the Display_Appearance tab, you are given the opportunity to save your settings as a new scheme. There is a scheme under the "pointers" tab called "magnified", this may do the trick as I just tried it and the cursor was visibly larger.


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Msg#: 5832 posted 2:10 pm on Sep 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sorry, I probably wasn't clear what I meant.

It's the actual TEXT cursor that shows where you are typing in a word document that I'm referring to. The one that you move with the cursor keys and page up and page down keys.

That's the one I'm having difficulty getting word to recognise.

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