The single-pixel-width cursor / caret in Gedit (and other text editor boxes in Ubuntu) is pretty thin and hard to see:

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I like the block cursor used in the standard terminal, however:

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Is there a way to adjust the Gedit typing cursor to be a thicker line, or a block, or a horizontal underbar, or something easier to see? I would like to do this while still maintaining the standard "insert text here" behavior of the bar; I do not want to overwrite text.

(I believe both "cursor" and "caret" are sometimes used to refer to the text insertion point.)

  • you can switch off your Numeric keypad (the numbers on the right-hand side of your keyboard) and press zero for switching between the two modes – karim Apr 27 '17 at 16:33
  • However, changing the cursor this way switches from "insert" to "overwrite" mode. That is, if the cursor is on top of a letter (say "b"), and you type "a" then b will be replaced by a, rather than inserting a before b, which is normal when the cursor is thin. Since you do not mention this important point I will vote this answer down. – user68186 Apr 28 '17 at 13:07

Short answer press Insert key on your keyboard.

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  • Thanks! I also want to have the old insertion behavior when typing (not overwriting). I just edited my original question to reflect that. – user29020 Dec 19 '14 at 22:52

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