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Cursor Jumps all the time....

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JVRudnick, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. JVRudnick

    JVRudnick Flightless Bird

    I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.

    When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    errors...

    Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...

    Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?

    Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....

    so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    combat this in whichever case is true?

    ????

    Jim
     
  2. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    JVRudnick wrote:
    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    > combat this in whichever case is true?
    >
    > ????
    >
    > Jim

    This is probably a hardware issue. Connect an external mouse and see
    whether you still have the problem. If no, you've got a bad touchpad.
     
  3. olfart

    olfart Flightless Bird

    "JVRudnick" <JVRudnick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:FD38864D-746A-4A24-81F6-79642C2449C4@microsoft.com...
    >I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is,
    > no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment
    > or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still
    > typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message
    > box....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do
    > I
    > combat this in whichever case is true?
    >
    > ????
    >
    > Jim


    your hand is probably brushing against the touchpad when you type. Turn off
    the touchpad (usually in the BIOS) and use a USB mouse
     
  4. thanatoid

    thanatoid Flightless Bird

    =?Utf-8?B?SlZSdWRuaWNr?=
    <JVRudnick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    news:FD38864D-746A-4A24-81F6-79642C2449C4@microsoft.com:

    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write
    > as usual and I think you all have used Word to write, and
    > the thing is this.


    <SNIP>

    I hope your book is not going to have several identical copies
    of every chapter with slightly different titles... ;-)

    Also, WHY use Word to WRITE? All you need is a decent Notepad
    replacement. Unless you enjoy formatting text with 20 different
    fonts when you get writer's block, Word is total overkill and
    eats up resources like crazy and is garbage anyway. Admit it,
    you have NO idea of 95% of its features.

    When I write something, I use metapad or NoteTab Light and when
    it's DONE and I am ready to format or "publish" I use a DTP
    program (like InDesign, PageMaker, Quark, whatever).

    --
    There are only two classifications of disk drives: Broken drives
    and those that will break later.
    - Chuck Armstrong (This one I think, http://www.cleanreg.com/,
    not the ball player. But who knows. I can't remember where I got
    the quote. But it's true.)
     
  5. boatman312

    boatman312 Flightless Bird

    On 1/13/2010 1:42 AM, thanatoid wrote:
    > =?Utf-8?B?SlZSdWRuaWNr?=
    > <JVRudnick@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > news:FD38864D-746A-4A24-81F6-79642C2449C4@microsoft.com:
    >
    >> I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write
    >> as usual and I think you all have used Word to write, and
    >> the thing is this.

    >
    > <SNIP>
    >
    > I hope your book is not going to have several identical copies
    > of every chapter with slightly different titles... ;-)
    >
    > Also, WHY use Word to WRITE? All you need is a decent Notepad
    > replacement. Unless you enjoy formatting text with 20 different
    > fonts when you get writer's block, Word is total overkill and
    > eats up resources like crazy and is garbage anyway. Admit it,
    > you have NO idea of 95% of its features.
    >
    > When I write something, I use metapad or NoteTab Light and when
    > it's DONE and I am ready to format or "publish" I use a DTP
    > program (like InDesign, PageMaker, Quark, whatever).
    >

    Maybe you are willing to send he/she one of the DTP programs for free?
    But it won't be won't be necessary until the book is in the final
    edition phase anyway.

    On the other hand, Word works perfectly well as a basic word processor,
    even if you don't use fancy formatting. And the file can be forwarded
    to the editor for markup, which is one of the necessary steps for
    getting a commercial book processed.
     
  6. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    JVRudnick wrote:

    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    > combat this in whichever case is true?


    Disable the touchpad on the laptop (some have a button alongside the
    touchpad's frame to enable/disable it). When your palms get too close, the
    capacitance changes enough to make it think you touched it. You could lower
    the touchpad's sensitivity.
     
  7. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    On 1/12/2010 4:01 PM, JVRudnick wrote:
    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    > combat this in whichever case is true?
    >
    > ????
    >
    > Jim


    Hello Jim,

    You do not say what type of laptop you are using.

    if you are using a laptop with Synaptics touchpad, then follow the below
    steps;

    1) Chose 'Mouse' under 'Control Panel'
    2) Left-click the 'Device Settings' tab
    3) On that tab left-click the 'Settings' button
    4) On the new window in the left frame click on 'Tapping'
    5) Un-check 'Enable Tapping' in the right frame of the window
    6) 'Ok' out of the windows

    What is happening is that when your hand accidentally brushes against
    the touchpad, it is reading that as a left-click (which is why your
    cursor seems to move around). By turning off tapping this will no longer
    happen. You will have to use the touchpad's button to click at that
    point rather than simply tapping the touchpad.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
     
  8. Bill Sharpe

    Bill Sharpe Flightless Bird

    thanatoid wrote:
    <snip>
    > I hope your book is not going to have several identical copies
    > of every chapter with slightly different titles... ;-)
    >
    > Also, WHY use Word to WRITE? All you need is a decent Notepad
    > replacement. Unless you enjoy formatting text with 20 different
    > fonts when you get writer's block, Word is total overkill and
    > eats up resources like crazy and is garbage anyway. Admit it,
    > you have NO idea of 95% of its features.
    >
    > When I write something, I use metapad or NoteTab Light and when
    > it's DONE and I am ready to format or "publish" I use a DTP
    > program (like InDesign, PageMaker, Quark, whatever).



    Quit knocking Word. It's a fine word processor that I've been using for
    about 15 years to write newspaper articles, letters, mail merge
    documents and more. Of course there are a lot of features I don't use
    and many that I'm not aware of, but I also don't find it to be a
    resource hog. I close the program when I'm finished writing.

    I also use InDesign and OpenOffice.org occasionally. Both programs take
    a bit longer to start up than Word.

    Others have answered the OP's question.

    Bill
     
  9. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 12, 6:01 pm, JVRudnick <JVRudn...@discussions.microsoft.com>
    wrote:
    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box.....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how doI
    > combat this in whichever case is true?
    >
    > ????
    >
    > Jim


    Please provide additional information about your system and there will
    be less guessing and more advice related to your environment.

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste
    the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to
    be private information to you, just delete it from the pasted
    information.

    This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.
     
  10. J.Dawg

    J.Dawg Flightless Bird

    Jim,
    This happens to me all the time. It drives me nuts! Totally disrupts the
    workflow.

    For me, it happens most frequently in Powerpoint. Usually when I"m at teh
    end of a bullet point.

    It's not a hardware thing, as I now have a new laptop. Old laptop was
    Vista, new is Win7. So it's not that.

    And it's not the touchpad, as it happens when I'm using the touchpad or
    using a USB mouse and keyboard.

    I've heard other people at the office complain about the same thing.

    I'm convinced it's a microsoft office bug. Wish I knew how to fix it. Let
    me know if you cure yours!

    "JVRudnick" wrote:

    > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >
    > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > errors...
    >
    > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >
    > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >
    > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    >
    > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    > combat this in whichever case is true?
    >
    > ????
    >
    > Jim
     
  11. J.Dawg

    J.Dawg Flightless Bird

    I have the same issue, and it has nothing to do with the touchpad. I use a
    USB keyboard and mouse. Happens in Word and Powerpoint, but I've never seen
    it in any other program.

    "C.Joseph Drayton" wrote:

    > On 1/12/2010 4:01 PM, JVRudnick wrote:
    > > I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    > > think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    > >
    > > When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    > > cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    > > matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    > > two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    > > but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    > > errors...
    > >
    > > Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    > >
    > > Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    > >
    > > Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    > > XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    > >
    > > so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    > > combat this in whichever case is true?
    > >
    > > ????
    > >
    > > Jim

    >
    > Hello Jim,
    >
    > You do not say what type of laptop you are using.
    >
    > if you are using a laptop with Synaptics touchpad, then follow the below
    > steps;
    >
    > 1) Chose 'Mouse' under 'Control Panel'
    > 2) Left-click the 'Device Settings' tab
    > 3) On that tab left-click the 'Settings' button
    > 4) On the new window in the left frame click on 'Tapping'
    > 5) Un-check 'Enable Tapping' in the right frame of the window
    > 6) 'Ok' out of the windows
    >
    > What is happening is that when your hand accidentally brushes against
    > the touchpad, it is reading that as a left-click (which is why your
    > cursor seems to move around). By turning off tapping this will no longer
    > happen. You will have to use the touchpad's button to click at that
    > point rather than simply tapping the touchpad.
    >
    > Sincerely,
    > C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T
    >
    > CSD Computer Services
    >
    > Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    > E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
    >
    > .
    >
     
  12. C.Joseph Drayton

    C.Joseph Drayton Flightless Bird

    Hi J.Dawg,

    If your problem is the same as the original OP, then the next thing I
    would check is whether some keyboard combination you are hitting is
    sending a left-click to the 'keyboard' buffer. I know that with some
    programs like HotKeyZ you can send left-clicks.

    If the editing cursor is returning to the place with the cursor-pointer
    is for it to gain focus, it must be getting the left-click from somewhere.

    Sincerely,
    C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T

    CSD Computer Services

    Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net


    On 2/11/2010 7:43 PM, J.Dawg wrote:
    > I have the same issue, and it has nothing to do with the touchpad. I use a
    > USB keyboard and mouse. Happens in Word and Powerpoint, but I've never seen
    > it in any other program.
    >
    > "C.Joseph Drayton" wrote:
    >
    >> On 1/12/2010 4:01 PM, JVRudnick wrote:
    >>> I am a writer, using MS Word 2003 to write a novel. I write as usual and I
    >>> think you all have used Word to write, and the thing is this.
    >>>
    >>> When I am writing the word say "science" when I get to the letter e, the
    >>> cursor "jumps" to wherever I've "left" the cursor with the mouse. That is, no
    >>> matter what the word or letter I'm 'on' the writing goes okay for a moment or
    >>> two and then the cursor 'jumps' and it's inserted itself and I'm still typing
    >>> but the spot where the cursor SHOULD be has changed...so I'm making typing
    >>> errors...
    >>>
    >>> Follow me? THIS is pretty well discouraging...
    >>>
    >>> Can anyone point me at the reason for this and how to combat same?
    >>>
    >>> Or, is this maybe NOT an MS Word issue but an issue with the laptop?
    >>> XPPro/SP3....geez...the same thing just happened HERE in this message box....
    >>>
    >>> so, this must have more to do with the laptop....am I correct, and how do I
    >>> combat this in whichever case is true?
    >>>
    >>> ????
    >>>
    >>> Jim

    >>
    >> Hello Jim,
    >>
    >> You do not say what type of laptop you are using.
    >>
    >> if you are using a laptop with Synaptics touchpad, then follow the below
    >> steps;
    >>
    >> 1) Chose 'Mouse' under 'Control Panel'
    >> 2) Left-click the 'Device Settings' tab
    >> 3) On that tab left-click the 'Settings' button
    >> 4) On the new window in the left frame click on 'Tapping'
    >> 5) Un-check 'Enable Tapping' in the right frame of the window
    >> 6) 'Ok' out of the windows
    >>
    >> What is happening is that when your hand accidentally brushes against
    >> the touchpad, it is reading that as a left-click (which is why your
    >> cursor seems to move around). By turning off tapping this will no longer
    >> happen. You will have to use the touchpad's button to click at that
    >> point rather than simply tapping the touchpad.
    >>
    >> Sincerely,
    >> C.Joseph Drayton, Ph.D. AS&T
    >>
    >> CSD Computer Services
    >>
    >> Web site: http://csdcs.site90.net/
    >> E-mail: c.joseph@csdcs.site90.net
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     

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