Help! Text select cursor has gone white and invisible?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by discofuel, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. discofuel macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #1
    For some reason my text select cursor - the I style cursor, has suddenly changed to white instead of black and I can't see it on the white background of the page.

    This is happening in Microsoft Word and Dreamweaver.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #2
  3. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #3
    Yes I've restarted several times and repaired my disk permissions.

    I think I may have recently updated something on Software update but aside from that can't think of anything else I've modified.

    I'm using Snow Leopard 10.6.8

    ----------

    I've just created a test user account and the problem doesn't not happen on that account.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #4
    What mouse or trackpad are you using?
     
  5. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #5
    Using an Apple Magic Mouse. I've just tried my Mighty Mouse and it's the same.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #6
    Ordinarily, a mouse or trackpad wouldn't make a difference in the cursor, but I was checking to see if you might be using a 3rd party device that came bundled with a different cursor set.

    I'm guessing, since it doesn't happen on another account, that it may be tied to a .plist file, but I'm not sure which one at the moment... (too many projects on the brain at the moment!). You might try investigating something like the
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemuiserver.plist or another.
     
  7. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #7
    Ok thanks, I'll have a look into that.

    It's strange because it's not happening in Finder, TextEdit or Safari
     
  8. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #8
    I'm not sure it is the user preferences because I deleted the Preferences folder for the test account and replaced it with my account's Preferences folder and the problem still didn't occur on the test account...
     
  9. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2010
    #9
    Mentioned on here:

     
  10. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #10
    Thanks Mac-Michael, but unfortunately this doesn't work for me.

    My issue isn't limited to Microsoft Word. Adobe Dreamweaver also has the same problem.
     
  11. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #11
    For some reason today it just returned to normal! Strange :eek:
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #12
    Let's hope it stays that way!
     
  13. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #13
    Today it changed to a light grey! This is so strange!
     
  14. MacEs macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2004
    #14
    Solution to white text select cursor

    After reading some suggestions about third party plugins, I checked out the Shades settings (wonderful plugin to reduce brightness below system settings) and this is what seems to cause the annoying cursor appear in white. I guess the monitor is too low of brightness that the cursor automatically changes into white for more contrast. (which is a very bad move as the cursor just disappears...)
    So... I stopped Shades from running, have my black text cursor back, but at the same time a monitor with it's brightness too high! :-S
     
  15. discofuel thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    #15
    Ha! So that's what it is! Thank you so much!!!!!!
     
  16. freakqnc macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2010
    #16
    Indeed that is the "culprick" I thought Shades was a cool utility apparently it isn't that cool ;P

    A certain threshold of low luminosity triggers the color inversion turning the text cursor into white. A real PITA that should be addressed in shades prefs by letting users enable or disable such behavior (if that is not a system controlled feature). Thanks MacEs! The you "hint" the nail on the head ;PP
     
  17. Icy1007 macrumors 6502a

    Icy1007

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    Location:
    Cleveland, OH

Share This Page