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    I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    Hi Everyone,

    Don't know how good I'll be at describing this, but, I have some visual difficulties and I've set the "background" of documents (properties/appearance/window text) to dark gray. Looks good to my eyes, but when typing text (Word or emails with Outlook Express), the I-Beam is just a wee bit lighter gray and almost invisible. How can the color of the I-Beam be changed to black? I did a search which suggested some utilities, but they all dealt with cursors and had no mention of I-Beam color. Neither did either of Woody's books.

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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    Kris,
    Have you looked at the mouse proerties? That is where you can chagne the cursor scheme used or pick a different cursor for a function. Also, have you looked at what is available under Start | All Programs | Accessories | Accessibility?

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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    It seems that Windows calculates a contrasting color to the window background for the insertion point, at least in Word, but does it incorrectly for dark gray. How do you feel about dark blue instead, or maybe a custom color that isn't pure gray?

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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    Hi Kris,

    I've attached a screenshot to show you the Mouse Properties window with a Windows system scheme cursor pointed out that may be just what you are looking for and it's part of Windows, so you already have it. Check it out in Control Panel under Printers and Other Hardware, Mouse.
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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    I think she meant to refer to the blinking vertical bar marking the insertion point, which does not seem to provide any user control. (Previous threads on enlarging it have not yielded solutions...)

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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22> My bad !! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: I-Beam Color (Home/SP-1)

    Thanks, Ischer!

    Son of a gun. Now that I know how the color of the i-beam is generated, I'm sliding the color hickey out of the pure gray into various tints that make it show up better. Perhaps I'll hit on a color that generates a black i-beam. Y'know, I'm dealing with hurricane Charley down here, and everything I do is causing a brand new setup lesson. Just went from Win98 to XP Home. Learning curve is about as bad as my hurricane deductible.

    Thanks again,
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