Make typing cursor more visible in Writer


My specs :
Lenovo Ideapad 110,
Firefox = 69 (64-bit),
LibreOffice = - Build ID: 1: 6.0.7,
Linux Mint 19

I have been using LibreOffice for a number of years, and have always been very happy with everything, except the size of the typing cursor in Writer, and now as my eyesight is not quite as sharp as it used to be I am increasingly finding that I am misplacing the cursor in among a block of text and the quickest way to locate it is to hit enter and find where the paragraph “broke”, pick up the cursor and repair the paragraph. (Bit of a PITA)
Is there a command, or a software switch which can be changed to thicken the vertical bar, much like I believe MS Word can, (not sure if this is correct, I haven’t used Word for years)?



If I’m not wrong it’s something that you must do on the mouse configuration in the OS.


Thank you for your suggestion. The only section within the O/S which has anything pertaining to cursor size is the section which enables me to alter the size, and appearance, of the mouse cursor, (the pointy thing you move around your screen), however I am alluding to the vertical bar in Writer which shows where the next letter will appear when I type.

Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.

I don’t know in Linux, but in Windows 10 it’s an OS option for the mouse, ‘Change the thickness of the cursor’.

No Linux Mint, (the distribution I prefer to use), does not appear to have that functionality. I had assumed, (incorrectly it appears), that LibreOffice would contain some software switch or command to do this, as not all LibreOffice users use Windows, so therefore do not have access to all the “tweaks” pertaining to that O/S.

Is there not a key press or selection I can make which achieve this for me?

It’s the same in the other modules of LibreOffice, it’s just I use Writer the most frequently, and I find that within Writer it is easiest to “lose” my cursor.

Thank you for your help

Hello everyone,
I am surprised by the apparent lack of response to what I thought would be a simple and straightforward question.

I am still bothered by the difficulty to see the “typing cursor”, (apparently that is its correct name), and following one suggestion I found on a French blog I tried changing the background colour, (the typing area) to black, and the type face, (the letters) to white. That did not help, it did not make it easier to locate the typing cursor.

Another suggestion I have had, which I haven’t tried yet, is to continue to use LibreOffice for everything else, but install another word processor such as Abiword, (apparently the typing cursor in Abiword is a little bit thicker).

Has anyone had any experience with Abiword, or any other word processors, apart from MS Office?

Further to my comment above,
I have installed Abiword and have a small play with it, yes the typing cursor is approximately twice the width of the typing cursor in LibreOffice. However, being a lightweight word processor it lacks a lot of what I would determine to be the important features of LibreOffice. Otherwise it might have been a contender.

Looks as though I am stuck with a almost invisible typing cursor, until such a time as the developers of this fine product deem the typing cursor as being worthy of their attention, (probably when their eyesight starts to get a little less sharp than it currently is).


Better create a bug report or a enhancement request Feedback

I’m afraid I have no idea how to go about that, I thought the various support teams read these problem reports to determine areas which might require attention.

Happy to request an enhancement if someone would be good enough to give a step by step on the process

@OldBiker, as you are using Mint, i.e., a gtk3 based desktop, the accepted answer in this question will help you to make the cursor thicker: LO writer on Linux: change appearance of typing cursor (i.e. not mouse cursor)

I had the same problem with the typing cursor. I got very frustrated as I increased the usage of Writer recently. I am using Ubuntu and LO I googled around and I thickened the gtk3 Themes, it helped other applications but still the Writer’s cursor is just a narrow line. Then I stumbled upon something. It’s a workaround but it helps. Locate the key on your keyboard, press it, and it’ll bring you to the Overwrite Mode, the typing cursor now blinks with the width of your character. Remember to take it out the Overwrite Mode by pressing the key again unless you want to overwrite the rest of the line. The problem is that if you are at the end of a line, you’ll still see the blinking narrow cursor cause there is nothing to overwrite with. I could live with it because now at least the cursor is not buried inside of a jungle of characters and I can easily spot it. Remember to take it out of the Overwrite Mode though.