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In almost any application or Windows component, the text cursor usually appears as a vertical black line -- in Notepad, browser address bar, the Run window.

Is there a setting I can tweak in the Windows registry to change it to a horizontal cursor, similar to what Ommwriter (see below) or the command prompt has?

How the text cursor appears in Ommwriter
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that's a groundbreaking idea, it could take a decade to develop – barlop Jun 1 '11 at 7:21
I suppose it's application-specific. I did find this & this – Kaze Jun 1 '11 at 7:47
How about this… – barlop Jun 1 '11 at 16:30
"that's a groundbreaking idea, it could take a decade to develop" was a joke. From a programmer's perspective it is no doubt very simple. And congratulations you found an example of that. The specific concept itself is not going to revolutionise computing, it's an incredibly simple concept, but one that is almost impossible if MS didn't happen to put a way in to do it. And so in theory, it could take a decade or a hundred years. The joke being the suggestion of programmers working on this changing the cursor in notepad, for a decade, the point that we might never get there. – barlop Jun 1 '11 at 16:40
I can see that. I assure you, if somebody knows, they'll answer. – barlop Jun 1 '11 at 22:18
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@Hidden Koala the insert key will change the cursor orientation as you are wanting (usually), but probably you don't want it in insert mode. However it points out the possibility of changing things. Perhaps explore key remapping. If the insert key can change it to a horizontal orientation, checking that default mapping may get you where you want.

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