Console.CursorVisible Property

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

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

'Declaration
Public Shared Property CursorVisible As Boolean

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. 
Imports System
Imports Microsoft.VisualBasic

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim m1 As String = vbCrLf & "The cursor is {0}." & _
                         vbCrLf & "Type any text then press Enter. " & _
                         "Type '+' in the first column to show " & _
                         vbCrLf & "the cursor, '-' to hide the cursor, " & _
                         "or lowercase 'x' to quit:" 
      Dim s As String 
      Dim saveCursorVisibile As Boolean 
      Dim saveCursorSize As Integer 
      '
      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, _
            IIf(Console.CursorVisible = True, "VISIBLE", "HIDDEN"))
         s = Console.ReadLine()
         If String.IsNullOrEmpty(s) = False Then 
            If s(0) = "+"c Then
               Console.CursorVisible = True 
            ElseIf s(0) = "-"c Then
               Console.CursorVisible = False 
            ElseIf s(0) = "x"c Then 
               Exit While 
            End If 
         End If 
      End While
      Console.CursorVisible = saveCursorVisibile
      Console.CursorSize = saveCursorSize
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample 

'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: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

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