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How Do I Fix a Jumping Cursor

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    How Do I Fix a Jumping Cursor


    I need help with my cursor jumping from the typing spot where it should be to a location inside an already typed sentence. I'm not sure if this is an HP laptop problem or microsoft's program. Anyone know of a solution to fix this?

    Thank you.

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    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Usually a jumping cursor is from your thumb brushing against the trackpad while you are typing. There may be a setting in the trackpad configuration for this, on my system it is called "TP rejection". It disables the trackpad while you are typing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Usually a jumping cursor is from your thumb brushing against the trackpad while you are typing. There may be a setting in the trackpad configuration for this, on my system it is called "TP rejection". It disables the trackpad while you are typing.
    Thank you for your reply. Not knowing what a trackpad is, did some research instead of asking what probably would have been a 'dumb' question. I learned that trackpad is another name for touchpad. I was able to find the info for disabling. I will give it a try and let you know if it worked or not. However, I'm using a mouse and thought the touchpad was already disabled. It seems to be disabled because the touchpad doesn't respond when I roll my thumb on it......so I'm a little confused but I'll still try the fix and see what happens.
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    Hi Juliet

    One problem I have found is that the mouse pad can sometimes cause a cursor to jump about. Perhaps try another one? I have found that a matt black, non-shiny one to be least likely to cause such problems. Of course it may be something else that is causing the issue.
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    Windows 8.1


    If you still have the problem try another mouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Usually a jumping cursor is from your thumb brushing against the trackpad while you are typing. There may be a setting in the trackpad configuration for this, on my system it is called "TP rejection". It disables the trackpad while you are typing.
    Mikey, I think I fixed my problem. I found the solution in the Control panel by clicking on the "Disable" button for the touchpad as well as unchecking "hide pointer while typing" for the mouse. You pointed me in the right direction to enabled me to find the solution. Thanks, again.

    I'd be more than happy to post the instructions for each if you like.
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    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet68 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Usually a jumping cursor is from your thumb brushing against the trackpad while you are typing. There may be a setting in the trackpad configuration for this, on my system it is called "TP rejection". It disables the trackpad while you are typing.
    Mikey, I think I fixed my problem. I found the solution in the Control panel by clicking on the "Disable" button for the touchpad as well as unchecking "hide pointer while typing" for the mouse. You pointed me in the right direction to enabled me to find the solution. Thanks, again.

    I'd be more than happy to post the instructions for each if you like.
    I'm glad you were able to fix it! Yes, posting instructions on your fix may help someone else in the future with the same issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet68 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Usually a jumping cursor is from your thumb brushing against the trackpad while you are typing. There may be a setting in the trackpad configuration for this, on my system it is called "TP rejection". It disables the trackpad while you are typing.
    Mikey, I think I fixed my problem. I found the solution in the Control panel by clicking on the "Disable" button for the touchpad as well as unchecking "hide pointer while typing" for the mouse. You pointed me in the right direction to enabled me to find the solution. Thanks, again.

    I'd be more than happy to post the instructions for each if you like.
    I'm glad you were able to fix it! Yes, posting instructions on your fix may help someone else in the future with the same issue.
    I was abled to disable the touchpad......"abled to disable" However, when you shut down the labtop, it automatically reverses back to "enable"???? I did make changes again this morning that involves another setting. If this new setting keeps it disabled after shutting down, I will include the additional info but if it doesn't I'll post the current instructions even though it doesn't maintain the disable feature.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    some of the generic synaptic drivers have an option to disable the touchpad - another option is to have the synaptics app on the system bar (normally on the right bottom of the screen). Then at boot simply disable it.

    In all the years of using laptops I've NEVER found the touch pad to be anything other than a major irritant. Why they even HAVE them is beyond me. - The only one I found even a teeny weeny bit useful was the old IBM thinkpads (pre Lenovo takeover) where they had a little red matchstick size thing on the keyboard.

    BTW if you use any Linux distros you can also disable the touch pad too with command sudo synclient TouchpadOff=1

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    ...
    In all the years of using laptops I've NEVER found the touch pad to be anything other than a major irritant. Why they even HAVE them is beyond me. - The only one I found even a teeny weeny bit useful was the old IBM thinkpads (pre Lenovo takeover) where they had a little red matchstick size thing on the keyboard....

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I too never used a touchpad until I bought my current laptop. I thought I'd give it a try before I hooked up my trusty old mouse - it would be nice to have one less piece of hardware to deal with.

    Now I have to say I could never go back. Whenever I have to use my wifey's computer w/ mouse it feels clunky. I instantly miss things like two finger scrolling and three finger tap to open links in a new tab. The only thing that's a little clunky is click and drag, but I am willing to put up with it to get the rest.
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