Posted by AAG-ArchivedMessages on Mar 10, 2011 in General Questions, Miscellaneus | 20 comments
For questions like these please remember to include as much information about your computer and problem as possible. Since the make and model of the laptop weren’t included in the original question this will be generalized in hopes it helps a wide range of users.
The whole cursor jumping issue with laptops isn’t that uncommon and it happens to pretty much anyone who uses their laptops frequently and use the onboard keyboard. The problem occurs when you get too close, or even touch, the touchpad when you are typing. Many touchpads can register heat meaning you don’t even have to touch the touchpad in order for the cursor to jump around the page. The problem is more common with newer computers when the touchpads seem to be the touchiest. After a while the sensors in them seem to fade away a little bit and the problem seems to go away on its own.
There are a few things that can be done to fix the cursor jumping problem on laptops.
Fix 1: Don’t use the internal keyboard. Use an external keyboard for typing. This doesn’t work in every situation as maybe you want to sit on your couch in front of the tv while surfing the internet. A keyboard would just get in the way. But if you’re at a desk, consider using an external keyboard.
Fix 2: Change the sensitivity settings on the touchpad. On most laptops you can do this by clicking the Start Button and clicking Control Panel. Switch to the Classic view if you’re not already in it (Windows XP). Double-click Mouse. From here it’ll usually open up to the touchpad settings but you may have to navigate further if that’s not the case in your environment. Look around where it mentions sensitivity and change it so it requires a heavier touch to register the touchpad. In most cases this alone will fix the problem.
Fix 3: In my experience I’ve known a lot of professionals who work in the field. One of their favorite fixes is placing their business card over the touchpad while they’re typing. When they need to use the touchpad, they simply remove the business card and type away. It’s quick and dirty but it works (you know, if you have a business card. You do have one, right? All professionals have to have at least one of them on them at all times).
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This doesn't work I hav e tried it , it doesn't happen on my o anther laptop.. this Dell is the worst. i will never buy another one.. see w redihat it's doing now.. I am not correting now, so you can see.. it is simplyrediloiuicus I was to updat the driver, it's not an old computer, and when I went to update, it said it is up to date… Dell is overated I will ne second one
ver buy another this is my
Actually, I have an Inspiron 15 that is only about a year old (with Windows 7) and this same problem just started for me. As I think about this, it appears it started just after I did a Windows update, which updated my mouse (which I use a wireless Microsoft mouse most of the time) Do you think that I will have to redo my settings for the built in mouse-pad?
The mousepad settings should still be the same, even after an update.
If you are having problems with the mouse drivers and they did update during the last Windows update, go into Device Manager and try a driver rollback to see if everything returns to normal for you.
I was having the same problem and took your advice. I covered the touchpad with a business card and it worked great. Thanks so much for the tip.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
I used a couple of sticky notes on top of the touch pad… works like a charm, and they don't fall off when i carry the laptop around!
I tried the business card and it seems to be working, but is there no better permanent option? The jumping cursor only started after I had a new hard drive installed. It didn't happen before. Is there anything I can change to make the touchpad less sensitive?
The same thing happened to me with my four year old laptop. Right after I reformated my hard drive the curser would jump all around. I then decided it was time for a new laptop. After 14 months my hard drive on my new laptop gave out and I had to install a new one. After the new instalation, and refortmating, my curser would jump around.
I took it to a technician to have a look at it. While there i started typing fast, radom letters not words, to show the technician the problem. At first the cursor would jump, but after a minute it stopped jumping. Problem solved.
I did the same thing with my old laptop. Opened up a document and started typing very fast, radom letters. The cursor in my old laptop also stopped jumping around.
Finally, for those who do not want to use a business card to cover the touch pad, you can also disable to touch pad by using the FN then F9 key.
I bought a new acer laptop three weekss ago and this problem pf the mouse jumping has been an headaches as am typing long reports. after reading your advice i realized i can switch of the touchpad by pressinf Fn+7 when i need the touchpad i wsitch it on by pressing the same combination keys. my problem is gone. thanks a lot, just an idea to send one in the right direction.
I have an Asus laptop with Windows 7 on it. How do I get to the sensitivity change area?
nothing i do works. i even downloaded a program that didnt worl. if this is such a widespread issue, then why hasnt acer fixed it?
This problem happens with several models of computers. I had an hp before and now I have a samsung it is happening with both of them. I have slowed down my pointer speed and that seems to have helped.
It is really a silly (but i know how it was driving me literally mad to see a clutter of jumbled words and letters after you type fast for some time and then look at the monitor) problem but had me change at least two laptops earlier. The technician then told me that the laptop has become old (The first laptop was two years old then) and so it was better to change!. This happened first with a Fujitsu laptop six years ago and again with Dell Laptop later. Then I had same problem in my Sony Vaio (since lost) and I have the same problem again now with Lenovo Y450 IdeaPad Laptop. So this problem may not be company or model specific. Probably the way people type and keep their hands have lot to do with this problem. It never occurred (to me) that touchpad could be the reason behind this and all along the keyboard was to be blamed. Thanks to this forum, now we have a workaround – have a card to cover the touchpad or better still deactivate touchpad and use mouse.
I have had this problem off and on. Just clicked on the keyboard icon and changed the settings. Put the Repeat delay on Long and the Repeat rate to slow. This seems to have solved my problem.
Thank you Dave – that worked for me!!
I use a wireless mouse as I hate the pad!! However I still had the same problem but after reading the comments I disabled the pad and the jumping around has stopped. Worth a try.
What is happening is what the other post says. You are brushing the touchpad with your finger or hand as you type. All you have to do is make sure the POINTER/arrow is in front of what you are typing. Because when you type and brush the touchpad it makes the cursor go back to where the pointer is randomly sitting on your screen. So for example as you type a post in here just put the arrow/pointer outside the box you are typing in then it wont jump back in the middle of your sentence. And well practice not hitting the touchpad. If you can't stop hitting it when you type make the tap harder as the others have said.
Likewise, nothing I have done works. I can't even disable the touchpad using the Fn button. Frankly, I think its a joke that this problem is so prevalent but customer support appears oblivious to the problem. I'm fed up with my current laptop which is a Dell Inspirion N5110 laptop (Windows 7). It took me forever to type this message ! Please tell me why this problem has not been resolved at the manufacturing level. Just keep screwing the consumer ……..
I am having this problem with my toshiba laptop, i am useing a exsternal mouse and keyborad but it still will jump back to the start of the line i would type on. Also when i scroll down a page it jumps back up all most instently. I have changed the options and even disabile the touchpad when the other mouse is pluged in but it will still sometimes start up again. And then i will have roto press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then log out and then back in and it will stop for some time.
Just as i was typeing this is jumped back and thats why on the last line it is roto press…..
My keypad had always been turned off on our Dell laptop. Read all of these and checked…It was all on and had to do multiple times before it would stay off.
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