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Cannot control cursor with mouse; cannot highlight with mouse

After 3 months using Word 2007 on new laptop, all of a sudden I cannot use the mouse to move the cursor. That means I cannot highlight a portion of text to make changes, etc. Have no idea why this happened or how to correct it. Any ideas?

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  • steve_jackie Dec 21, 2008

    I'm using Toshiba Satellite A205-S5843. Mouse/cursors works in other software and internet applications; just not in Word2007

  • steve_jackie Dec 21, 2008

    Thanks but the touchpad is enabled already. I checked and double-checked.

  • j9martin Feb 14, 2009

    Steve, I have exactly the same problem with Word 2007 & an HP Pavilion laptop. The mouse works fine in all aother applications (inc. other Office apps).
    In Word:

    • the mouse pointer moves around screen but will not control cursor.

    • the mouse will select icons on the ribbon.

    • the mouse will not let me change Word Option sub menus but will let me change options in the visible sub menu.

    • Touch pad is on & external mouse does not work either
    Any suggestions gratefully welcome! Janine Martin

  • indigirl99 Apr 04, 2009

    mouse will not hilight anymore



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It sounds like you hit either the switch or the key combo that shuts off the touch pad, I had a guy yesterday whose cat did the same thing to his, look for the switch mine is on the laptop sensor on my hp pavillion 9700, if you can't figure what you hit type in the model name and number and I will fin it for you

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    George Bill Dec 21, 2008

    try this I foud it online I believe the other guy har to push f9 and either alt or control, here is a link describing the same thing

    The touchpad and external mouse drivers should be able to work together. Just make sure that you have the touchpad enabled. To see if you have the touchpad enabled, hold the Fn key and press F9. The combination Fn-F9 locks and unlocks the touchpad. If pressing Fn-F9 once, twice, thrice does not seem to lock/unlock your touchpad.. then you might not have the Toshiba hotkeys working or enabled. So lets forget it and try step 2. If Fn-F9 solved your problem.. there you go !

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    George Bill Dec 22, 2008

    Run an 'adware' scan , you can find the adware here,, or smarthackerz. com, you may have to join , but it.s free, there are many programs that can be used to scan for malware. That is what it sounds like you have. There were 25 or so infections in my browser alone and I run 3 seperate programs to scan anything that is incoming or outgoing, last week there was a security alert for internet explorer, most of the techs switched browsers, and a patch is available from msft. you can also try spybot,"search and destroy" which is another freeware program that has helped millions of people over the years, I would try that one first as ig doesn't ask you to join or anything, make sure you get it from the real page as there are hundreds of lookalike websites who attempt charging for a donation based freeware utility. Please download the newest updates before running it, good luck, it sounds like there is a bug loose in your machine, Gym


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I had this problem, on vista and reappeared when I rebuilt with windows 7, definitely not the trackpad or virus. Turned out to be Adobe contribute add in for Word.
Easy to fix. It has to do with the add-in's

1. Click on Start Run winword.exe /a (start word in Safe Mode)
2. Click on the office button top left. On the bottom go to word options then to add ins.
3. Select the comm add-ins and go
4. Uncheck Adobe Contribute add-in.
5. Close word and restart.

In order to run word as admin and with the switch, I created a desktop shortcut.

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