Cursor size

Thus far, I’ve enjoyed your program but how do you change the height of the cursor? It’s currently the size of a small child and towers over the lettering. I’ve gone into preferences, but I haven’t found the key. The good news is, I stopped it from blinking.

Hi georgem,

I think the height of the cursor is based on the Line Spacing. That is if you use single line spacing you’d get a smaller cursor than if you’d use a double line spacing.
I don’t know if it’s part of the OSX text engine but Keith or any of the other Mac/Scrivener experts can probably help you with that.


Hi Mange,

Thank you for your suggestion. Single line spacing did bring the cursor into a manageable size.

I would like to interject here. I am a little annoyed by the cursor being as long as the line spacing. I like to compose my text in the double-space mode. Is there any way to reduce the length of the cursor to the font size, or just make it single-space in length while working in double-space mode? If not, that should be something to suggest in the next iteration of Scrivener.

I think you’ll find this is one of the annoying aspects of the Apple Text Engine (Try double line spacing in TextEdit, for instance), and there is nothing that can be done about that in Scrivener, short of Keith writing his own text engine. You could try making your suggestion to Apple … not that they seem to have a history of implementing users’ or even developers’ suggestions in such areas.


Yes, unfortunately this is one of the “quirks” of the OS X text system.

Thanks for the replies.

I suppose I’ll just have to deal with it. I should just get used to writing in single-space, then after I’m ready to submit/send it out, format it to double.

That’s one of the great things about Scrivener, that you can work in whatever format, font, line-spacing, etc., you want, and then, when you compile the draft, have Scrivener do so in whatever format you need for your editor or whatever.