Tuesday, 3 June 2008

The Incredible Jumping Cursor

Typing anything these days just about makes me crazy. The laptop I'm using now has a strange quirk I'm not too fond off. I will be merrily typing along and suddenly, the cursor will be several lines above adding text in the middle of a sentence. We haven't been able to figure out why it does this and therefore haven't been able to fix it.

Some days it isn't too bad, but other days it takes much too long to write a simple paragraph. There are times when I'd just like to go back to paper and pen and postage stamps, but then I'd probably forget to mail the letter. C'est la vie.

Meanwhile I'm just trying to get through the next few days. Once this week ends, ballet will be done, and the wedding will be over. Things will begin to settle down as school is almost finished for the year (here in Alberta, the kids go until the last week in June) and there are only a few more soccer games. Until then, I'll continue to struggle with the incredible jumping cursor, and if anyone has any advice, I'd love to find a solution.


Don said...

I would guess the problem has something to do with the touch pad or pointing stick or whatever built-in pointing device is on your laptop.

You can try hooking up a regular mouse and disabling the built in one. This is typically done in the Mouse control panel.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks Don, I'll have to try a regular mouse.

ali said...

Hi ya Stephanie!

I use a laptop exclusively and have that same problem. For me, my mouse doesn't reduce the problem.

I've identified the problem as a glitch in the touchpad. Sometimes I'll just ever so slightly brush it while typing and not even notice. To solve the problem I need to turn the touchpad off while I'm writing.

Still a pain!

Good luck!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks for another idea to try, ali.

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