Office 2008 Cursor Blink Rate?

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  1. JWest macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Is it possible to adjust the cursor blink rate in Word 2008? It blinks very slowly, and it's kind of annoying. It also doesn't blink at all if I try to use the space bar to move a head a bit, which makes it difficult to know where the cursor will stop. Is there any way to adjust this?
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I googled it and didn't see anything that didn't have to do with editing files. I think they should put that as an option in the settings menu.
  3. absurdio macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2003
    RI, Chi, and/or NY.
    In what may be a related complaint, I find that the cursor in Word 2008 sometimes vanishes entirely. This could, I suppose, just be an incredibly long pause between blinks. I'm not sure, since the cursor doesn't seem to come back until I restart Word. It's quite an annoyance, though.
  4. Tannerozzy macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    did anyone ever find a fix for this?


    I'm using word for the first time tonight and it's driving me crazy not knowing where the cursor is!
  5. spitfire3687 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2009
    one of the little things microsoft did to make it more frustrating for mac users. It's probably adjustable in the windows ver.
  6. kl0wne macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2008
    Windows has a universal setting to control the cursor blink rate (or stop it all together) and has done as long as I've known it (since about 1996), so I guess it doesn't occur to the Microsoft developers that this would need to be done within the application.

    I don't know why Macs don't have an option to stop the cursor from blinking in any application. I really can't think when I see it, it's a bit like someone elbowing me every second.
  7. gordon.freeman macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2010
  8. Goride macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    I've lost my cursor, and cannot figure out how to get it back.

    I've even quitting and restarting word. It is gone. (note: the cursor is in this text box)

    Sometimes, if I start clicking around in different spots, I can get it to blink once quickly, then it disappears again and doesn't come back.


    It came back after a full restart of the computer. Still, it shouldn't have happene, imo. =/
  9. tixen macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    I found a solution to this issue on the OfficeMac forums, but the post (or entire forum?!) had been removed some time ago. Luckily, Google had a cached version of the page from which I was able to extract the instructions provided by user "fafa." The updated summary of these instructions is as follows:

    1. Make a backup of ~/Library/Preferences/
    (Command + Shift + G from finder, paste in "~/Library/Preferences/" and click "Go", find and make a copy of it somewhere you can find it)

    2. Open Terminal and paste the following:
    defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriod -int 500
    The number at the end is the speed of your cursor in milliseconds; 500ms is the speed the cursor blinks in all of Apple's normal applications. I tested this myself and found it to work in Word 2011, even though the original guide was from Word 2008.

    3. Restart Microsoft Word.
    That's it!

    The text from fafa's original post is quoted below, for posterity.
  10. maryp macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    the blinking cursor in Word 2011

    I tried this but, very strangely, there is no file on my computer called ! I have the new MacBook Air and I just loaded Microsoft for Mac 2011 last week. In library / preferences there were some general microsoft office plist files but not a a Word one. I have multiple users set up on my computer, so I also lookied in my user library preferencepanes, but there are no plist files there.
    Any ideas on where else the file could be?

  11. tixen macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Have you opened, altered and saved preferences in Word? I wonder if this file only appears after you change something from defaults?

    All I can tell you is it's there for me; I can't imagine it wouldn't be there after you save a configuration of some kind.
  12. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010

    Thanks, that did it for me (Word 2011, clean-install of 10.7.2 off the Apple servers).
  13. shirlee macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2015
    THANK YOU! (I set mine to 50ms)

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