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Definition: text cursor


The screen pointer that appears when text can be highlighted or edited. The text cursor is a vertical line (|). Also called a "caret," "i-cursor" or "I-beam," it may or may not blink. If the cursor is an arrow or hand, the text cannot be highlighted or changed. See cursor.




The Text Cursor
The text cursor on the Mac has an I-beam shape. In this example, the cursor was made larger.