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I am used to having a block cursor in normal mode in Vim. This makes sense with the Vim paradigm; when you press x, it is clear which character will be deleted.

I've installed Cygwin on a Windows computer, but when I use Vim in its terminal, I get the I cursor, even in normal mode. How can I make the cursor be a block instead?

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This question on the Cygwin mailing list answers the question by setting some arcane variables to the appropriate escape sequences. Add this to your .vimrc:

let &t_ti.="\e[1 q"
let &t_SI.="\e[5 q"
let &t_EI.="\e[1 q"
let &t_te.="\e[0 q"
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this worked for me when using mintty to ssh to a linux server – zzapper Apr 15 '14 at 12:41
Thank you so much. Gotta love a clean solution that works in 2 most annoying cases :) – rld. Jun 8 '14 at 5:58

There's a setting for that:

rightclick on bar > Options > Looks > Cursor > Cursor radio button

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To complete, this kind of options are the same as any other windows terminal window, which cygwin is. – mveroone Aug 22 '13 at 9:35
Pro: my .vimrc can be more compatible with my Linux or Windows .vimrc. Con: now I have the block cursor in insert mode, when I wanted the I cursor in that mode. +1 – Kazark Aug 22 '13 at 13:21
the question was asking about controlling the cursor in VIM but this answer affects the cursor for the entire shell session, both at the command prompt and in VIM – David Alpert Jan 15 at 16:09
my vim is plain text - click? bar? what bar? – Ed Randall Jun 10 at 14:14
@EdRandall this is a question about the Cygwin terminal AND vim. This answer pertains to the Cygwin side of the question. – Jared Jul 14 at 19:57

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