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Change the Cursor Type

SUMMARY: When accessing remote systems with Putty, use a line, block, or flashing cursor.

To further customize your Putty configuration, when accessing remote computers, you can change the cursor to a block, underline, or vertical line. Plus, if you have difficulty finding the cursor onscreen, you can also make it blink.

1. Open Putty.

2. Click on the "Session" link in the left pane.

3. In the right pane, click "Default Settings", or a defined session, then the "Load" button.

4. Expand the "Window" tree in the left pane.

5. Click "Appearance" in the left pane.

6. In the right pane, underneath "Cursor appearance", click one of the radio buttons to change the cursor to a block, underline, or vertical line. If desired, check the "Cursor blinks" box if you find the cursor hard to see.

Changing the cursor type in a Putty session

7. Click on the "Session" link in the left pane.

8. Choose the session name you chose in step #3, or "Default Settings".

9. Click the "Save" button.

Note that if you change the default settings, you will still need to change the settings for each saved session. Or, you can choose to have different cursors for each session.

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