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When using touchpad, cursor jumps all over the place. I"ve tried adjusting settings in multiple ways. Common problem?

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Sounds like the touch pad is playing up, plug in a usb mouse, and if that works, then it is the touch pad itself

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Typing on a laptop, cursor jumps to different places, you suddenly type in a...


This is a very common problem to people who purchase a new laptop, or change from a desktop computer to a laptop. When typing, the cursor suddenly moves all over the place (but usually up) and you find yourself typing elsewhere in the document.

The secret is... the touchpad.

When typing on a standard keyboard, people usually rest their palms on the front portion of the keyboard, or on a special palmrest. Typing on a laptop is a slightly different experience - you have to keep the hands more apart, to avoid placing them on the touchpad.
But even if the hands are apart, you have to move them slightly while typing to comfortably reach the upper rows of keys. Depending on typing habits, the movements will be larger or smaller, but there is always some movement.

Now consider this. If you look at your hand from the side, you will notice, that the base of your thumb protrudes down the lowest. When moving the hands while typing, you very gently touch/stroke the touchpad with the base of your thumb - even if you don't feel it :)
Unfortunately the touchpad feels it, and acts as if you deliberately moved the cursor and placed it somewhere above the spot in the document you were actually typing in.

There are two remedies.

First, and one that has to be excercised anyway, is to try and keep the palms well above the surface of the touchpad. It takes some practice to change one's typing habits, but eventually you'll do it. It's just a matter of finding a palm placement that will be equally comfortable, but will also lower the possibility of involuntarily touching the touchpad.

Second is to go to your system's controls, find settings for the pointing device, and search for options regarding touchpad sensitivity.

There are multiple flavors of these settings, so it's not possible to give one standard recipe, but if you have an original touchpad driver installed (as oposed to using a standard mouse driver, which is enough for the system to recognize the touchpad), there should be a special settings screen for it, and among other options, a sensitivity setting.
Sometimes there's also an option (checkbox) designed specifically to fix this issue - usually it's called something like "eliminate problems with light touch" or sth to that effect.

Please try it, I guarantee that in 99% of the "sudden cursor movement" cases this is the actual cause :)

Good luck, and please don't forget to come back and rate the tip if helped :)

on Jul 24, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Cursor jumps into a previously-typed word or line and emails won't open


which email account ??

Acer laptop computers come with built-in touchpads to control cursor movement onscreen. Depending on the sensitivity and settings of the touchpad, it may register undesired motions as mouse controls, causing the cursor to jump erratically. The software drivers that Acer includes with its systems have sensitivity options that help alleviate this problem and ensure that only deliberate touchpad motions and taps cause the cursor to move.

Click on the Start menu and open the Control Panel. Choose an "Icon View" option from the "View by" dropdown menu, then click the "Mouse" icon. Navigate to the "Device Settings" tab and click on the Synaptics device in the list. If you have installed and use custom software other than a Synaptics application for controlling the touchpad, select it instead. Click the "Settings" button. Click the "+" symbol to expand the "Pointing" section in the left frame, and then the "Sensitivity" section. Click on "PalmCheck." If you have replaced the Synaptics drivers, the menu may use a different set of options. Click and drag the bar to the right, closer to the "Maximum" setting. An increased PalmCheck setting will help decrease cursor jumping due to accidental palm activations, a common occurrence when typing. Click on "Touch Sensitivity." Click and drag the bar to the right, closer to the "Heavy Touch" end. This will ensure light brushes by fingers or accidental activations by other objects will not cause the cursor to jump. Click "Apply" to test the settings, and "OK" when satisfied to save the changes and close the window.

Try right clicking on email select open

Jan 28, 2013 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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Typing and the cursor bounces all over the place DRIVING me MAD!!! I want to disable the touchpad


Scott,

Go into the Control Panel and choose the Mouse option. Look for a setting called "Tap to Click" or something with a similar name. Disable it. This will make it so that when you click the mouse, you actually have to use the buttons, not just tapping once on the touchpad. Also, check your "Touch Check" or similarly named settings. Turn the touch check settings all of the way up - to avoid having the cursor move if you accidentally brush the touchpad with your palm while typing.

If changing those settings does not help with the cursor bouncing, you can try to uninstall and reinstall the device driver. You can re-download the driver for installation here: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/downloads/notebooks/NP-R580-JSB1US

If changing the Control Panel Mouse settings, and reinstalling the driver do not help, then I would try to plug in a USB keyboard to the laptop and see if the cursor jumping also occurs while you are using an external keyboard. If it is resolved when you use an external keyboard, then you will probably need to replace the touchpad on your laptop. If the cursor is still jumping while you type using an external keyboard, then you may need to replace the physical laptop.

My advice if you have to get parts replaced is to take the laptop to a certified technician to do the work.

Hope this helps ya!

Oct 28, 2011 | Samsung R580 Notebook

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When i type in my MS word or replying mail using outlook, my cursor jumps to somewhere, actually it just happened several times when i type this message


On your touch pad exists a place that works like a scroller on the mouse (Usually the right part of pad with white lining). When you rest your wrists in this area, the cursor usually jumps in another place. I'm of course hoping that this is the problem and that your touch pad works fine. Try it and please tell me if this fails..

Dec 07, 2010 | Lenovo 3000 Y410 Laptop

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Windows 7 cursor jumps


Try using a mouse, and then go into ctrl panel and set the touchpad option to slow to reduce the sensitivity.

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Jan 12, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium...

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Cursor jumps around when I touch the mouse pad/


Maybe try updating the drivers for the touchpad or adjusting the settings in the control panel.

You can update drivers for the touchpad in the device manager.

Oct 16, 2009 | Toshiba Portege 2000 Notebook

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Acer Aspire 5572 cursor's jump


Change the sensitivity to your touchpad. It is common when typing for the palm to brush up against the touchpad and the cursor jumps. Should be an Icon in your control panel to take care of it.

Jan 06, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-TZ170N/N Notebook

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Jumping cursor


You need to adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad

In the TouchPad Properties window you can access additional TouchPad preferences.

»To access the TouchPad Properties window, use the TouchPad to select Start > Control Panel > Printers and Other Hardware > Mouse > Device Settings, and then select the Settings button.

(If you follow this path using an optional external mouse, the TouchPad Properties window may be unavailable.)

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This problem is very common on laptop computer. What happens is while you type on the keyboard, your hand comes close to or touches the touchpad below the keyboard. The system see that as a mouse click and so your cursor will 'jump' to whatever location on the screen the mouse pointer is at.

This can happen, even if you do not feel your hand touch as the touchpads are sensitive enough to respond to your hand bring just above them.

Gateway and most manufacturers have addressed this common user frustration on new models of laptops by either adding some 'palm detection' to their touchpads and drivers or adding a simple way to turn the touchpad on or off.

Depending what model system you have (solo 9100 vs 9150) and what operating system you are running, you may have a few options.

First off, you must be using Windows 98 to have access to these options in the touchpad driver.

For a solo 9100 you have adjust to touchpad sensitivy. To get to the touchpad settings click Start->Settings->Control Panel. Double click on the MOUSE icon. Click on the TOUCHPAD tab. On this tab you can set the threshold setting as heavy as possible to help decrease the frequency at which the mouse will jump while typing. In the solo 9100 models, this is the only setting that addresses this problem.

For the solo 9150 you can the disable clickin while typing. To get to this setting: Click on START->Setting->Control Panel. Double Click on the MOUSE icon. Click on the TOUCHPAD tab. In the TAPPING section, Place a check mark next to Disable tapping when typing.

If these settings do not help or are not available due to another operating systems etc, then your best option is to physcially cover the touchpad when you are doing things that require a lot of tyings. If you need a lot of mouse/typing, then you can add an external mouse to assist you. I have found that placing a post-it note over the touchpad is more convenient then other barriers since it light sticks to help it stay in place.

Sep 24, 2008 | Gateway Solo 9100/9150 Series Laptop...

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