How can I highlight the cursor in vim? I am interested in highlighting only the letter that the cursor is in.

set cursorcolumn  
highlight CursorColumn guibg=lightblue ctermbg=lightgray  

Highlights the entire column and I want only the character that the cursor is on to be highlighted

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    The character under the cursor is already highlighted… by the cursor itself. What more do you want? – romainl Jun 23 '13 at 18:21
  • @romainl:I used the cursorline and the line is highlighted in a lightgray color.If I add the above snippet I get a cross.I want the instead the character under the cursor to get this color – user65971 Jun 23 '13 at 18:25

CursorColumn is irrelevant, what you need to define is Cursor, preferably with a background color different from CursorLines's background color.

Supposing your Cursorline has a dark gray background:

highlight CursorLine guibg=#303030

You can have a slightly lighter Cursor:

highlight Cursor guibg=#626262

Vim's behavior may be different in a terminal emulator, though. As an example, whatever I do with cterm or ctermbg, I can't make it look how I want in Gnome terminal: it's always in reverse video. Which makes it perfectly outstanding, actually. In rxvt-unicode, the background color of the cursor is always the one defined in ~/.Xdefaults, which can be whatever you want.

  • I pasted the highlight CursorLine guibg=#303030 (after I commented my definitions) and all I see is that the current line is underlined. Additionally in your answer you don't define a Cursor although you mention that this is what I need. – user65971 Jun 23 '13 at 20:19
  • Tried highlight Cursor guibg=#626262 but does not do anything. – user65971 Jun 23 '13 at 20:51
  • That was a typo. Fixed. Do you use Vim in a terminal? GVim? That line in my answer will only work in GVim. I explained in the last paragraph that you won't get the result you want in a terminal emulator. – romainl Jun 23 '13 at 20:54
  • I use vim in cygwin. So cygwin is a terminal emulator?Ok I will try it in a linux as soon as I can – user65971 Jun 23 '13 at 21:11
  • I don't know Cygwin. You use GVim if you have menus like "Tools" or "Syntax" or if the output of :echo has('gui_running') is 1. If you use Vim in a terminal emulator you must configure that terminal emulator so that it uses a color that works for you. – romainl Jun 24 '13 at 7:11

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