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Cursor jumps position

Quite frequently while entering text the cursor may jump to another position at any time. Sometimes after two letters sometimes midway through a sentence and most frequently when the space bar is used. This happens in all word processing formats including application forms & Instant Messenger etc. It is so frequent that it takes ages to get anything done.

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  • ljaysweb Feb 04, 2009

    I have a toshiba satellite laptop and cannot disable touch pad.
    I suspected that I may be touching the pad and took great carenot to but still having the same problem. The OS I'm useing is Microsoft Vista home premium edition. The one I had listed was the closest match so I could get through. Would like to disable touch pad to see if this works first.

  • ljaysweb Feb 04, 2009

    Tried all your suggestions except changing mouse. When I first went into control panel mouse the box to disable touch pad was grayed out. After uninstalling and reinstalling the mouse I went to control panel mouse and there was no place to disable touch pad when mouse is plugged in and dialogue box says mouse working properly

  • ljaysweb Feb 04, 2009

    This mouse is brand new (could possibly be malfunctioning)and control panel says working properly. There does not seam to be any problem with the external mouse. The problem is I cannot disable the touch pad to see if this is the cause of the jumping cursor

  • ljaysweb Feb 04, 2009

    No! How does that work?

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 11, 2010

    Try the sp2 update. this should fix this issue.

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Are you using a pc or notebook? If you use a notebook, do you have a wireless mouse connected? And last, when this happens, are any other applications running in the background?

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There should be a hotkey on the keyboard which will disable the touchscreen.

You wouldn't believe the people with your same problem and computer!!!

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It seems some mouse senser problem. try a new mouse.
and let me know.
Thanks

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Sure enough, I believe a previous solution provider is correct. I just made similar adjustments and it greatly improved the sensitivity to my touchpad.

Go to Control Panel, and double click your mouse. There should be a tab that allows you to select sensitivity. On mine, the specific adjustment was "PlamTouch" for minimizing inadvertent touches of the touchpad with my palm while typing.

Reply back what you find.

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Try updating to the sp2 pack.

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Most times the problem is in the mouse itself. Cordless mice have their symptoms too. I have found that a mouse wired to the destop and use frequently breaks the wires in the area were the mouse wire exits the mouse. That is cause by bending and twisting and the wires inside break and touch off and on as the mouse is moved. This causes intemittant comunication to the computer, like pause and missed letters.
Other time this happen when you download a different software program for a different type of mouse has been downloaded to you computer. Optical mice tend to get dust and skip durnig movement.
I use a logitech mouse and find that Vista and Microsoft responds very well.
It is a LX3 Logitech USB mouse and the best mouse for about $13.00

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Try checking the mouse settings on control panel.

Also go to device manager, under control panel>>Hardware.

In device manager delete and reinstall mose.

If theat does not work, replace the mouse.

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Hi if you are using a laptop your hand is touching the touchpad and it makes it jump.

You can confirm this by using a external keyboard or turning the touchpad off with A FN + F1-12 button combination it waries laptop to laptop one of the buttons F1-F12 will turn the touchpad on and off.

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  • Ekse Feb 04, 2009

    Select the mouse, and on top of the device manager theres a disable button.

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Have u done a touch pad aligment test?

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