Windows 8 Annoyances: Set Cursor Blink Rate (Lower/Higher)

Hkeycurrentusercontrolpanel 9N Thumb The cursor sometimes blinks – did you know that you can change the blink rate via the registry? This is real easy to do

The Cursor Blink Rate is the time interval in milliseconds after which the cursor blinks once. This setting can be customized by changing the value of the rate. Open the registry and go HKEY_CURRENT_USER. The Default value is set to 530 milliseconds. The Blinking Rate can be increased and decreased accordingly. The following tutorial will help you with this

Tip: If you get a blank screen and a blinking cursor this is more likely a serious problem and you need to boot into recovery mode via F8


Set Cursor Blink Rate

1. Step PressWindows + R to open the Run Window.

Run Window

2. Step Type the following command regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.

Run RegEdit

3. Step Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Click Control Panel->Click Desktop.

Hkey Current User Control Panel

4. Step Double Click on Cursor Blink Rate.

Cursor Blink Rate

5. Step Edit String Window opens and set it according to your requirements. Default value is 530.

Edit String

Published: Friday, October 26th, 2012 Last Modified: October 26, 2012