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Console.CursorVisible Property

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the cursor is visible.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static bool CursorVisible { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the cursor is visible; otherwise, false.

ExceptionCondition
SecurityException

The user does not have permission to perform this action.

IOException

An I/O error occurred.

Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition Platform Note: The effect of a set operation persists until the termination of the application that performs the operation. The cursor visibility reverts to its original value after the application terminates.

This example demonstrates the CursorVisible property. The example makes the cursor visible if the first column of input is a '+' character or invisible if the input is a '-' character.


// This example demonstrates the Console.CursorVisible property.

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    string m1 = "\nThe cursor is {0}.\nType any text then press Enter. " +
                "Type '+' in the first column to show \n" +
                "the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, " +
                "or lowercase 'x' to quit:";
    string s;
    bool saveCursorVisibile;
    int  saveCursorSize;
//
    Console.CursorVisible = true; // Initialize the cursor to visible.
    saveCursorVisibile = Console.CursorVisible;
    saveCursorSize  = Console.CursorSize;
    Console.CursorSize = 100;     // Emphasize the cursor.

    while(true) 
        {
        Console.WriteLine(m1, 
                         ((Console.CursorVisible == true) ? 
                           "VISIBLE" : "HIDDEN"));
        s = Console.ReadLine();
        if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(s) == false) 
            if (s[0] == '+')
                Console.CursorVisible = true;
            else if (s[0] == '-')
                Console.CursorVisible = false;
            else if (s[0] == 'x')
                break;
        }
    Console.CursorVisible = saveCursorVisibile;
    Console.CursorSize    = saveCursorSize;
    }

}
/*
This example produces the following results. Note that these results
cannot depict cursor visibility. You must run the example to see the 
cursor behavior:

The cursor is VISIBLE.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
The quick brown fox

The cursor is VISIBLE.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
-

The cursor is HIDDEN.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
jumps over

The cursor is HIDDEN.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
+

The cursor is VISIBLE.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
the lazy dog.

The cursor is VISIBLE.
Type any text then press Enter. Type '+' in the first column to show
the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, or lowercase 'x' to quit:
x

*/


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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