Word: Cursor is tiny

December 14, 2009

Something weird happened to the document I was working on the other day — the cursor was really tiny. Instead of being like a sans serif lower case ‘l’ (for Larry), it looked like a full stop (‘period’ for the North Americans).

I couldn’t find any setting to change it. And it was definitely something I’ve never seen before in all the documents I’ve edited for my client, all based on the same template. I also can’t recall seeing anything like it in all the years I’ve been working with Microsoft Word (since Word 2.x, in case you’re interested…).

Off to the internet to find the answer. Well, not so much an answer as a workaround. It seems no-one knows what causes it, but there’s a way to fix it — at least temporarily (no-one seems to guarantee it won’t happen again).

Here’s the fix:

  1. Zoom in the document to 500%.
  2. Zoom it back out again to 100%.

Your normal cursor comes back again! Quick and easy — when you know how.

One comment

  1. Haha, the wonders of Word. Gotta love it.

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