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why does my cursor jump all over when I am typing

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petro

#1
i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my cursor
jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I have
left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
 

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Kerry Brown

#2
Do you have a laptop with a touchpad below the keyboard? See if you can
change the sensitivity of the touchpad.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



"petro" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my cursor
> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I have
> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
 

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Steve Thackery

#3
>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my

>>cursor
>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I have
>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens to me
all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.

SteveT
 

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RichC593

#4
I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this with
just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner gets
disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem but,
the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix soon
since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any fix
for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other situations
causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am wondering
if it may be related to keyboard drivers?

RichC


"Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>>>cursor
>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
>>> have
>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
>
> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens to me
> all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
>
> SteveT
 

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Kerry Brown

#5
If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics
software.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



"RichC593" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
>down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this with
>just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
>Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
>mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner gets
>disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem but,
>the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
>working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix soon
>since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any
>fix for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other situations
>causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am wondering
>if it may be related to keyboard drivers?
>
> RichC
>
>
> "Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:%[email protected]

>>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>>>>cursor
>>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
>>>> have
>>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
>>
>> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens to
>> me all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
>>
>> SteveT
>
 

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#6
I am also having this problem, it's like the cursor has a mind of its own. I
am pulling my hair out. I can't even type a whole sentence without problems.
Is there anything we can do? I am almost at the point of throwing my computer
in the yard and running it over.

"Kerry Brown" wrote:

> If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics
> software.
>
> --
> Kerry Brown
> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>
>
>
> "RichC593" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]

> >I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
> >down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this with
> >just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
> >Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
> >mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner gets
> >disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem but,
> >the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
> >working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix soon
> >since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any
> >fix for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other situations
> >causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am wondering
> >if it may be related to keyboard drivers?
> >
> > RichC
> >
> >
> > "Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> > news:%[email protected]

> >>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
> >>>>cursor
> >>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
> >>>> have
> >>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
> >>
> >> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens to
> >> me all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
> >>
> >> SteveT
> >
>
 

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Kerry Brown

#7
Use an external mouse and disable the touchpad.

--
Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/



"mel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I am also having this problem, it's like the cursor has a mind of its own.
>I
> am pulling my hair out. I can't even type a whole sentence without
> problems.
> Is there anything we can do? I am almost at the point of throwing my
> computer
> in the yard and running it over.
>
> "Kerry Brown" wrote:
>

>> If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics
>> software.
>>
>> --
>> Kerry Brown
>> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
>> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>>
>>
>>
>> "RichC593" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]

>> >I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
>> >down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this
>> >with
>> >just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
>> >Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
>> >mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner
>> >gets
>> >disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem
>> >but,
>> >the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
>> >working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix
>> >soon
>> >since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any
>> >fix for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other
>> >situations
>> >causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am
>> >wondering
>> >if it may be related to keyboard drivers?
>> >
>> > RichC
>> >
>> >
>> > "Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> > news:%[email protected]
>> >>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>> >>>>cursor
>> >>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
>> >>>> have
>> >>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
>> >>
>> >> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens
>> >> to
>> >> me all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
>> >>
>> >> SteveT
>> >
>>
 

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RichC593

#8
Thanks, that solved my problem. I don't have Synaptics however, I was able
to disable the touchpad in the BIOS.

RichC593

"Kerry Brown" <[email protected]*a*m> wrote in message
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> Use an external mouse and disable the touchpad.
>
> --
> Kerry Brown
> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>
>
>
> "mel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]

>>I am also having this problem, it's like the cursor has a mind of its own.
>>I
>> am pulling my hair out. I can't even type a whole sentence without
>> problems.
>> Is there anything we can do? I am almost at the point of throwing my
>> computer
>> in the yard and running it over.
>>
>> "Kerry Brown" wrote:
>>

>>> If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics
>>> software.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Kerry Brown
>>> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
>>> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "RichC593" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> news:[email protected]
>>> >I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor
>>> >jumps
>>> >down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this
>>> >with
>>> >just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
>>> >Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when
>>> >a
>>> >mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner
>>> >gets
>>> >disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem
>>> >but,
>>> >the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
>>> >working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix
>>> >soon
>>> >since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have
>>> >any
>>> >fix for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other
>>> >situations
>>> >causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am
>>> >wondering
>>> >if it may be related to keyboard drivers?
>>> >
>>> > RichC
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > "Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>> > news:%[email protected]
>>> >>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>>> >>>>cursor
>>> >>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever
>>> >>>> I
>>> >>>> have
>>> >>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
>>> >>
>>> >> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens
>>> >> to
>>> >> me all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
>>> >>
>>> >> SteveT
>>> >
>>>
>
 

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Corgimom

#9
I have the same problem on a brand new laptop with Vista. It is not
convenient for me to use an external mouse. So is disabling the touchpad the
only answer?

"Kerry Brown" wrote:

> Use an external mouse and disable the touchpad.
>
> -
> Kerry Brown
> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
>
>
>
> "mel" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]

> >I am also having this problem, it's like the cursor has a mind of its own.
> >I
> > am pulling my hair out. I can't even type a whole sentence without
> > problems.
> > Is there anything we can do? I am almost at the point of throwing my
> > computer
> > in the yard and running it over.
> >
> > "Kerry Brown" wrote:
> >

> >> If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics
> >> software.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Kerry Brown
> >> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
> >> http://www.vistahelp.ca/phpBB2/
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "RichC593" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> >> news:[email protected]
> >> >I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
> >> >down and to left then begins roaming around the screen. It does this
> >> >with
> >> >just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
> >> >Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
> >> >mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner
> >> >gets
> >> >disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem
> >> >but,
> >> >the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
> >> >working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix
> >> >soon
> >> >since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any
> >> >fix for this specific problem. There are some fixes for other
> >> >situations
> >> >causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am
> >> >wondering
> >> >if it may be related to keyboard drivers?
> >> >
> >> > RichC
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > "Steve Thackery" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> >> > news:%[email protected]
> >> >>>>i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
> >> >>>>cursor
> >> >>>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
> >> >>>> have
> >> >>>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
> >> >>
> >> >> I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour. It happens
> >> >> to
> >> >> me all the time when I'm typing on my laptop.
> >> >>
> >> >> SteveT
> >> >
> >>
>
 

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LadyFlame

#10
We've been having the same problem with both my mum's laptop and our ordinary
desktop computer. Is there a way to fix it on a desktop machine? Also, how
do you go about disabling the touchpad on an Acer laptop?
 

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Kerry Brown

#11
"LadyFlame" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> We've been having the same problem with both my mum's laptop and our
> ordinary
> desktop computer. Is there a way to fix it on a desktop machine? Also,
> how
> do you go about disabling the touchpad on an Acer laptop?

On my Acer there's an option to disable the touchpad on the Synaptic tab in
the Mouse applet in the Control Panel.

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Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
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CEILIMAN

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#12
i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my cursor
jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I have
left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
hi i am new at this I have the same problem,I am surprised that I have got this far without the cursor jumping back or up and down,what is the cure,I spoke too soon,it done it again I had to retype Anton
 

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LVTravel

#13
"CEILIMAN" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> petro;561198 Wrote:

>> i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>> cursor
>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
>> have
>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
> hi i am new at this I have the same problem,I am surprised that I
> have got this far without the cursor jumping back or up and down,what is
> the cure,I spoke too soon,it done it again I had to retype Anton
>
>
> --
> CEILIMAN
Laptop? If so set the sensitivity of the touchpad. If you also use an
external mouse with a laptop some systems will allow you to turn off the
touchpad while the USB mouse is connected.
 

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Lee Stone

#14
"CEILIMAN" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]

>
> petro;561198 Wrote:

>> i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my
>> cursor
>> jumps to another spot in the page. Basically it jumps to wherever I
>> have
>> left the cursor. So frustrating!!!!!
> hi i am new at this I have the same problem,I am surprised that I
> have got this far without the cursor jumping back or up and down,what is
> the cure,I spoke too soon,it done it again I had to retype Anton
>
>
> --
> CEILIMAN
No idea if this is relevant but my laptop does this when my mobile phone is
to close by

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CEILIMAN

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#15
Sorry for not replying soonerI do have a phone close by but it has never given a problem.this has only happened over the last few months,once again thank you for taking an interest,Anton:cry:
 

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#16
I recently ran into this problem on my Dell Latitude D820. The problem appeared after I had been using Vista for several months so I'm not sure what caused it. However, the symtom as described above, was that when I placed focus on a window the cursor would jump around making all kinds of selections in VS2008, screwing up my Word documents, randomly doing things to my mail system, and making all kinds of selections in my browser. At first I thought I had a virus. After searching for my symptoms I ran into this thread and the discussion on the touchpad clued me into what was happening.

The fix was to download the latest touchpad driver from Dell, install, and reboot.

I recommend disabling your touchpad and running with a USB mouse (obviosuly if you are traveling this won't be practical). If for some reason you don't have a touchpad showing up in your system tray then this is another indication that your system is not properly set up.
 

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KWMN

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#17
Hi, I've been having the same problem and it makes me completely crazy, but I think I may have found one reason why this can happen and a fix for it (not perfect but better than nothing!) I think this is related to the fact that Vista is set up so that if the mouse pointer is in a particular spot, the cursor will jump to that spot, automatically, without your having to click the mouse.

Also, if the mouse pointer happens to be pointing to a hyperlink or a command (such as anything on the QuickLaunch bar), Vista will OPEN whatever link or program is being pointed at.

This problem is further complicated, in Word, by the fact that most of us set up the pointer to "disappear" when we are typing text... and yet, it's still "there" someplace on the page (as you can see if you move it).

SO what I think is happening, is that the cursor just jumps to wherever the mouse pointer is located, if you pause a bit in typing... and, when that happens, your typing is inserted at the point where the mouse pointer is located.

However, happily, there is a really good description in the Tutorials about how to change how long the mouse must hover over a particular link, before vista opens that popup. So, it is possible to slow down that process, which helped me a lot.

Also, I've found that if I position the mouse pointer carefully off to one side of my page, before I start typing, it doesn't "steal" my cursor!

- Karen
 

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pokeyman

#18
Just re-install the driver, since u still have use kb then , then use kb
cmds.

hth
pokeyman

"KWMN" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> Hi, I've been having the same problem and it makes me completely crazy,
> but I think I may have found one reason why this can happen and a fix
> for it (not perfect but better than nothing!) I think this is related
> to the fact that Vista is set up so that if the mouse pointer is in a
> particular spot, the cursor will jump to that spot, automatically,
> without your having to click the mouse.
>
> Also, if the mouse pointer happens to be pointing to a hyperlink or a
> command (such as anything on the QuickLaunch bar), Vista will OPEN
> whatever link or program is being pointed at.
>
> This problem is further complicated, in Word, by the fact that most of
> us set up the pointer to "disappear" when we are typing text... and yet,
> it's still "there" someplace on the page (as you can see if you move
> it).
>
> SO what I think is happening, is that the cursor just jumps to wherever
> the mouse pointer is located, if you pause a bit in typing... and, when
> that happens, your typing is inserted at the point where the mouse
> pointer is located.
>
> However, happily, there is a really good description in the Tutorials
> about how to change how long the mouse must hover over a particular
> link, before vista opens that popup. So, it is possible to slow down
> that process, which helped me a lot.
>
> Also, I've found that if I position the mouse pointer carefully off to
> one side of my page, before I start typing, it doesn't "steal" my
> cursor!
>
> - Karen
>
>
> --
> KWMN
 

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jinks

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#19
I had the same problem on my Dell Inspiron 1525. I downloaded the driver at Synaptics and was finally able to have the option to disable the touchpad. I was pulling my hair out because it was so frustrating with the cursor jumping around. Here is where I go the driver.
Drivers | Synaptics
 

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echoroc

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#20
I have this problem, which JUST started, on my 2 week old HP. It was fine until a few days ago. I tried turning of 'tap' while typing, which doesn't help.

I can't use an external mouse -- what's the point of having a laptop if you have to use a peripheral??
 

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