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Sublime 3: How to change blinking cursor style (Win32)


I’m still considering transitioning from Notepad++ to Sublime 3. One thing I can’t figure out is how to modify the blinking cursor. With Notepad++, one of the first things i did was change the color, width, and blinkrate of the cursor. I didn’t see any settings for this in Sublime Text 3. The default cursor is a little too thin; which, I can easily lose where my cursor is.

I did browse the packages available; and, found a Sublime​Block​Cursor package; which doesn’t appear to be exactly what I was looking for, but it might be an okay alternative. I just dont know how to install it. When I select “Package Control/Install Package”, Sublime​Block​Cursor isn’t one of the listed items.

Thanks in advance,

PS: How do I enable “email notify” on this forum? Is there a higher level of membership I need on the forum? I don’t have the ability to subscribe to topics either.



i’ve got only ST2 on this machine, but i’m pretty sure it’s the same for ST3, in preference there is the property caret_style to change the blinkrate:
// Valid values are “smooth”, “phase”, “blink”, “wide” and “solid”.
“caret_style”: “smooth”,

for the size of the caret i found something here on the forum, don’t remeber exactly what key i used as search, but in short, is this property (probably undocumented):
“wide_caret”: true

afaik there is no way to set the cursor as native “block” cursor.

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Thank you so much!! The undocumented setting: “wide_caret”: true worked perfectly.

So, I’m guessing there’s no setting for changing the caret color?

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Ops, i forgot that,
caret color is set in the color scheme:





Orlmente, I was able to change the caret to be more visible and a different color. Now, the caret looks exactly like I had it in Notepad++!!

Although, $70 is a lot of money to me, I’m still very happy to purchase Sublime 3 (mainly due to the friendly and helpful Forum members here who helped answer all my questions so quickly).

Thanks again!



Thanks for sharing the details about cursor (caret). I would never had thought of searching for caret, but searching for “Sublime Text” and “cursor” found this page, with the answer to my question.

I like the transition of “phase” and a shorter wider cursor, which I got with this:

  // Valid values: "smooth", "phase", "blink" and "solid"
  "caret_style": "phase",
  // These settings control the size of the caret
  "caret_extra_top": 2,
  "caret_extra_bottom": 2,
  "caret_extra_width": 2,