Not sure what the terminology is for it but on Vim the 'cursor' is always like an insert/replace cursor instead of the blinking line cursor I'm used to in other gui editors. Is there any way to change this when in insert mode?
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If you are talking about
vim inside a shell, you should configure the cursor style in your terminal emulator. Even if you do so, Vim can't toggle the cursor style on-the-fly. That's a limitation of the terminal itself.
If you are talking about the graphical version of vim, called
macvim), then look at Nupraptor answer.
BTW, I think this question is better suited to the Superuser.com site.
This plugin for vim will actually change the cursor on the fly in iterm (and tmux)
It has a few bugs if you're in tmux, but works great outside of it: https://github.com/sjl/vitality.vim
If you're talking about gvim, then you can change the cursor to an 'I' when in insert mode with:
EDIT: The 'i' is for insert mode. You can also define it for 'n', 'v', 'c' or 'a' (normal mode, visual mode, command mode or all modes, respectively).
maybe it would be enough to change the color acording to which mode you were in? If so I use. "CURSOR COLOUR When in terminal " change the color of the cursor to white in command mode,and orange in insert mode
if &term =~ "xterm\\|rxvt" :silent !echo -ne "\033]12;white\007" let &t_SI = "\033]12;orange\007" let &t_EI = "\033]12;white\007" autocmd VimLeave * :!echo -ne "\033]12;white\007" endif