Bug 146397 - Writer: the text cursor is barely visible
Summary: Writer: the text cursor is barely visible
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Text-Cursor
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Reported: 2021-12-23 23:00 UTC by Paolo Benvenuto
Modified: 2024-07-07 03:15 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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2021-12-24 06:33 UTC, Rainer Bielefeld Retired

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Description Paolo Benvenuto 2021-12-23 23:00:21 UTC
When using writer, the cursor has a very little thickness, and with the fact that it blinks it's hardly visible and distinguishable.

In the early times of libreoffice it wasn't like that, but the situation has been as I am describing it for many years.

Please give more visibility to the cursor!

Steps to Reproduce:
Already said.

Actual Results:
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Expected Results:
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Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: Yes

Additional Info:
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Comment 1 Paolo Benvenuto 2021-12-23 23:03:13 UTC
You can try this in order to understand: close your eyes with one writer document on your screen, and click in a random position: then open your eyes y look for the cursor: you'll hardly find it!
Comment 2 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2021-12-24 06:33:50 UTC
Created attachment 177119 [details]
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More or less REPRODUCIBLE with  Installation of Version (x64) / LibreOffice Build  27d75539669ac387bb498e35313b970b7fe9c4f9
CPU threads: 12; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 19042; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win; Locale: de-DE (de_DE); UI: de-DE; Calc: threaded;  Elementary Theme; My normal User Profile. Compariosn of Caret width in 3 applications shows, that LibO has a very thin caret compared to other applications.

What's your Operating System?
And maybe you should try a more current LibO version?

Additional information
a) This query  <https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/buglist.cgi?cmdtype=dorem&remaction=run&namedcmd=DUPs146397&sharer_id=19321> shows a possible DUP: 
"Bug 140353 - UI: Caret merely visible in Writer, LibreOffice (Ubuntu Snap) does not use system settings"
Comment 3 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2021-12-24 07:17:00 UTC
In WIN10 there is a setting for text cursor width:
But I only see an effect in WIN OS UI, not in Apps. At least without reboot.
Comment 4 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2021-12-24 07:31:02 UTC
After WIN Reboot I now see the effect of changes in the OS preferences immediately also in LibO

Might be a workaround?

But the question remains: why does LibO have the thinnest cursor of all apps I tested?!
Comment 5 Paolo Benvenuto 2021-12-24 16:08:05 UTC
Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 20(Build:2)
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 5.11; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: es-DO (it_IT.UTF-8); UI: it-IT
Ubuntu package version: 1:7.2.2~rc2-0ubuntu0.20.04.1~lo1
Calc: threaded
Comment 6 Dieter 2022-12-15 21:39:01 UTC
(In reply to Rainer Bielefeld Retired from comment #4)
> After WIN Reboot I now see the effect of changes in the OS preferences
> immediately also in LibO
> Might be a workaround?
> But the question remains: why does LibO have the thinnest cursor of all apps
> I tested?!

Couldn't see a difference between LO Writer and MS Word. General Window settings provide o good solution. Since I'm not a Linux user I don't know, if there is a similar option, that would solve the problem.
Comment 7 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2023-11-10 22:35:35 UTC
Paolo, which screen resolution do you have? Might be the same as bug 101379.
Comment 8 Paolo Benvenuto 2024-01-06 13:27:14 UTC
resolution 1920x1200
Comment 9 QA Administrators 2024-01-07 03:13:03 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2024-01-08 09:08:52 UTC
Thank you.
Please also test version 7.6 and provide the details of your operating system and desktop environement (so we know what kind of OS-level settings are available).
Screenshots of several apps side-by-side would be a great help too.
Comment 11 QA Administrators 2024-07-07 03:15:33 UTC
Dear Paolo Benvenuto,

This bug has been in NEEDINFO status with no change for at least
6 months. Please provide the requested information as soon as
possible and mark the bug as UNCONFIRMED. Due to regular bug
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no change in 30 days the QA team will close the bug as INSUFFICIENTDATA
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