I am using Pages '09 on Mac OSX 10.6 (SnowLeopard) and would like to stop cursor blinking. For TextEdit, this was possible by setting

defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriod 100000

from the Terminal, but this seems to have no effect on Pages. So I would really appreciate any hints or ideas on how to stop cursor blinking.

  • instead of 100000, type -int 100000 – TheBro21 Jun 11 '15 at 12:17
  • I tried replacing 10000 by -int 10000, but Pages still blinks... – roygvib Jun 11 '15 at 13:07

NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriod is outdated. As of 10.9, OS S now has separate variables for ON and OFF times. 1000 represents one second. The following 2 commands can be used:

defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOn -float 1000


defaults write -g NSTextInsertionPointBlinkPeriodOff -float 1000

These numbers will set the on blink to 1 second and the off blink to one second (default).

  • Thank you @TheBro21 I tried your suggestion, but it did not work either (probably because my OSX is still 10.6). I will try it when I have newer Mac + OSX >= 10.9 (at the moment I cannot upgrade my current one in the office...) – roygvib Jun 11 '15 at 14:23
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    Try logging out and logging back in – Najeeb Jun 10 '16 at 10:15

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