I-beam pointer

Updated: 10/30/2017 by Computer Hope

I-beam and I-cursor picture and exampleAlternatively referred to as the I-cursor, the I-beam pointer is a mouse cursor shaped similar to the capital letter "I" that indicates that the text can be highlighted, inserted, or changed. In the picture is an example of how the I-cursor may appear.

Example of an I-Beam pointer

Hover cursor changeIn the animated picture to the right, is an example of a mouse cursor moving around the screen as a pointed arrow, over text as an I-beam cursor, and then hovering over a link as a hand pointer.

How to use the I-beam pointer

To select a word with the I-beam, double-click in the middle of any word and to select an entire line of text or paragraph click the button quickly three times. To select a portion of text, click at the beginning or end of the text and while holding down the mouse button drag left, right, up, or down.

Practice using the I-beam pointer

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