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created 2002 · complexity basic · author ncr · version 6.0

Here is how you can change the shape of your mouseptr in gvim.

:set mouseshape=n:pencil

This will change the shape of the mouseptr to pencil in normal mode. You can choose different shapes for different modes. See :help 'mouseshape'.

Want more shapes?

Then look for the file cursorfont.h in your X11/ directory. This file contains lots of cursor shape #define definitions, like

#define XC_heart 62

Now :set mouseshape=n:62 will set the shape of the mouseptr to heart in normal mode.


Not available for Windows.

Actually, only certain built-in cursors are available in Windows. Pencil doesn't work, but others do. See :help mouseshape

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