Sometimes it's the small changes that make a big difference. I'm writing a lot of articles as you all know every day and I find it sometimes hard to locate the cursor when I'm writing them, especially when it is late in the evening and I'm tired. Vippy is a small utility that does only one thing: It changes the color of the cursor to red. Take a look at the image to see the difference. The great thing about Vippy is that it should work in nearly all windows applications including Microsoft Word and Open Office, and also web browsers like Firefox.
As you can clearly see on the image below, the top cursor is rather hard to locate while the red cursor in the second text is way easier to spot. After installing the program, which is only 50K in size and freeware, you see the current active cursor which is the windows default cursor. You can change this cursor into a small, medium or large custom red cursor which additionally can be displayed in bold.
I changed mine to medium and bold and it is working like a charm. The red cursor will be activated when you hover your mouse over text which means that the blinking cursor at the end of the current letter is still black.
I have tested it so far in Firefox, Microsoft Word, Opera and Notepad. It did change the cursor in all programs but Opera to the red cursor. Let me know if you find this one helpful or a waste of time.
Update: The original website that Vippy has been published on is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest working version of the software here to our servers. Just click on the following link to download the program to your computer: [Download not found] Extract it afterwards and run it then.
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