Accessibility Change Text Cursor Blink Timeout in Windows 11


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The text cursor is that blinking line at the end of what you are typing in Windows.

The caret timeout is the time in milliseconds that the text cursor will continue to blink before it automatically stops blinking.

The default caret timeout is 5000 milliseconds, but you can change this time if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to change the text cursor caret blink timeout for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11.


EXAMPLE: text cursor blinking in Run (Win+R) dialog



Here's How:

1 Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe).

2 Navigate to the key below in the left pane of Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

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3 In the right pane of the Desktop key, double click/tap on the CaretTimeout DWORD value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

4 Select (dot) Decimal, type in how many milliseconds you want for the text cursor blink timeout, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

The default text cursor blink timeout is 5000 milliseconds.

1000 milliseconds equals 1 second.


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5 Close Registry Editor.

6 Either Sign out and Sign in or restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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