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The box-like cursor in Linux Mints terminal (and ubuntus) is really confusing me! I am used to a vertical line so it's hard for me to focus on the commands when I am unsure where this box-ish cursor really is all the time.

Is there a way to change this? Thanks!

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I looked around prior to posting here but couldn't find anything of use... – Daggepagge Oct 29 '11 at 0:07
Allright! I understand. Is there a way I can move this to a better place? Or should I just remove it? If so, how? Thanks! – Daggepagge Oct 30 '11 at 22:55
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This is a function of the terminal program itself.

In Ubuntu, if you're using 'terminal' you can change this in the preferences.

Menu->Edit->Profile Preferences->General Tab

There's a pull-down menu for "Cursor Shape" and "I beam" is an option.

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This is an off-topic question. You should be voting to migrate it instead of answering it. :) – Ken White Oct 29 '11 at 0:15
thanks! I feel really stupid right now... – Daggepagge Oct 29 '11 at 0:22
Brian, do you know if you CAN progamatically change this? For example, if I set -o vi and press escape, i am not using VI-style keystrokes. I'd like to change this to a box. Can you do this somehow? – sircapsalot Feb 24 '14 at 19:03
"I am now using vi-style keystrokes" – sircapsalot Feb 24 '14 at 19:17

In Bodhi 2.4.0 you can disable the blinking cursor ( less hindrance) : right-click empty space in terminal-window -> Settings ->Behaviour -> uncheck Blinking Cursor

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