Stop the cursor blinking

I've nothing against a blinking cursor myself but some find it distracting. To stop Ubuntu's block blinking, open gconf-editor and navigate to /desktop/gnome/interface and remove the check from cursor_blink. The log out and back in again. Note that Evolution appears to ignore this setting, but most other applications will now have a still cursor.

Alternatively by changing the value in cursor_blink_time, you can simply make it blink more slowly. A value of 5000 equates to fives seconds-each unit is 1ms. Be aware that a setting such as 5000 means that the

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cursor will be visible for five seconds at a time and then invisible for the same length of time...

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