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How do you change the text-cursor/caret in Terminal to block, I-Beam, or underline.

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Gnome terminal or some other kind of GUI? Maybe the tty? –  Braiam Jul 29 at 22:47

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In addition to the GUI method, you can also change the cursor shape from the command-line:

$ gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/cursor_shape <VALUE>

The possible values are "block" to use a block cursor, "ibeam" to use a vertical line cursor, or "underline" to use an underline cursor.

To get the current value:

$ gconftool-2 --get /apps/gnome-terminal/profiles/Default/cursor_shape
block
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Wow! This is way more convenient. Thank you! –  King Shimkus Jul 29 at 21:11
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you already have my up-vote for the step-by-step GUI method ;) –  Sylvain Pineau Jul 29 at 21:18

To change your text-cursor/caret:

  1. Open up Terminal.
  2. Right click the terminal window.
  3. Hover your mouse over the option Profiles.
  4. Select Profile Prefrences.

As seen here:

Just a terminal window

5.Here you will find the option, Cursor Shape.

Cusor shape

6.Enjoy using Terminal with a different Caret.

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