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Mouse hovering acts like click

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Paul Gray, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Paul Gray

    Paul Gray Flightless Bird

    Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

    I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
    by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
    thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

    Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?

    Thanks

    Paul
     
  2. Trev

    Trev Flightless Bird

    "Paul Gray" <graypaul@telus.net> wrote in message
    news:KJNsn.631$Z6.321@edtnps82...
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    > this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >
    > I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    > to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
    > hovering over it with a mouse,


    Isn't that the task bar icons Not Desktop Icons. I don't know why your mouse
    thinks your clicking

    but it still happens. The frustrating
    > thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    > I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Paul
     
  3. LouB

    LouB Flightless Bird

    Paul Gray wrote:
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    > this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >
    > I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    > to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
    > by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
    > thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    > I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Paul


    Try a different mouse? Maybe the mouse is defective.
     
  4. Jack

    Jack Flightless Bird

    "Paul Gray" <graypaul@telus.net> wrote in message
    news:KJNsn.631$Z6.321@edtnps82...
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    > this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >
    > I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    > to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
    > hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating thing
    > is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    > I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?


    Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Folder Options, select
    "Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)"
     
  5. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Paul Gray wrote:
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    > this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >
    > I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    > to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
    > by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
    > thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    > I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Paul



    It's as annoying as hell, isn't it?

    -Al-
     
  6. MJMIII

    MJMIII Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:hp0bil$pj9$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Paul Gray wrote:
    >> Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    >> pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    >> this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >>
    >> I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    >> to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
    >> by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
    >> thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >>
    >> Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    >> I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    >
    > It's as annoying as hell, isn't it?


    Mind blowing input, Al.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  7. MJMIII

    MJMIII Flightless Bird

    "Paul Gray" <graypaul@telus.net> wrote in message
    news:KJNsn.631$Z6.321@edtnps82...
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    > this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >
    > I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    > to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
    > hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating thing
    > is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >
    > Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    > I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >
    > Thanks


    What type of mouse? If it's the old roller ball type it's probably trash.
    If it's a wireless or laser mouse try uninstalling and reinstalling the
    drivers.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  8. Paul Gray

    Paul Gray Flightless Bird

    You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

    It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
    unchecked in the Ease of Use section.

    By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
    Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
    behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
    and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
    were up to date.

    Paul


    On 31/03/2010 4:06 PM, Trev wrote:
    >
    > "Paul Gray" <graypaul@telus.net> wrote in message
    > news:KJNsn.631$Z6.321@edtnps82...
    >> Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    >> pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I
    >> know this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >>
    >> I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse
    >> easier to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate
    >> a window by hovering over it with a mouse,

    >
    > Isn't that the task bar icons Not Desktop Icons. I don't know why your
    > mouse thinks your clicking
    >
    > but it still happens. The frustrating
    >> thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >>
    >> Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    >> I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    >
    >
     
  9. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    MJMIII wrote:
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:hp0bil$pj9$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >> Paul Gray wrote:
    >>> Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    >>> pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
    >>> this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >>>
    >>> I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
    >>> to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
    >>> by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
    >>> thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >>>
    >>> Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    >>> I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>> Paul

    >>
    >>
    >> It's as annoying as hell, isn't it?

    >
    > Mind blowing input, Al.



    Thank you.

    -Al-
     
  10. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray wrote:

    > You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    > icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    > closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    > far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    > 2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.
    >
    > It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
    > unchecked in the Ease of Use section.
    >
    > By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
    > Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
    > behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
    > and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
    > were up to date.


    Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
    touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
    and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.

    But I also wonder what would happen if you disabled one of the mice so that
    only one is active. Maybe you're experiencing a hardware conflict between
    the two devices.

    > Paul
    >
    >
    > On 31/03/2010 4:06 PM, Trev wrote:
    >>
    >> "Paul Gray" <graypaul@telus.net> wrote in message
    >> news:KJNsn.631$Z6.321@edtnps82...
    >>> Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    >>> pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I
    >>> know this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
    >>>
    >>> I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse
    >>> easier to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate
    >>> a window by hovering over it with a mouse,

    >>
    >> Isn't that the task bar icons Not Desktop Icons. I don't know why your
    >> mouse thinks your clicking
    >>
    >> but it still happens. The frustrating
    >>> thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.
    >>>
    >>> Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
    >>> I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>> Paul

    >>
    >>
    >>



    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  11. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray <graypaul@telus.net>
    wrote:

    >You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.


    I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
    any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
    uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
    not even aware of it.

    An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
    if they notice the same behavior.
     
  12. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:47:41 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch"
    <not-me@other.invalid> wrote:

    >On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray wrote:
    >
    >> You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >> icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >> closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >> far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >> 2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.
    >>
    >> It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
    >> unchecked in the Ease of Use section.
    >>
    >> By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
    >> Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
    >> behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
    >> and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
    >> were up to date.

    >
    >Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
    >touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
    >and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.


    Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
    complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
    was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
    open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
    they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
    that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
    were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.

    I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
    aware of. :)
     
  13. Scott

    Scott Flightless Bird

    Char Jackson wrote:
    > On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray <graypaul@telus.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >> icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >> closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >> far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >> 2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

    >
    > I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
    > any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
    > uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
    > not even aware of it.
    >
    > An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
    > if they notice the same behavior.
    >


    He can also go to mouse properties double-click speed adjustment and
    test box.
     
  14. Bill Bradshaw

    Bill Bradshaw Flightless Bird

    I am using a Samsung laptop with a Microsoft 3000 mouse. It does not do
    this all the time but just enough to irritate me.
    --
    <Bill>

    Brought to you from Anchorage, Alaska.

    Paul Gray wrote:
    > Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
    > pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I
    > know this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.
     
  15. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 23:24:58 -0500, Char Jackson wrote:

    > On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:47:41 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch"
    > <not-me@other.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >>On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray wrote:
    >>
    >>> You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >>> icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >>> closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >>> far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >>> 2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.
    >>>
    >>> It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
    >>> unchecked in the Ease of Use section.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
    >>> Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
    >>> behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
    >>> and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
    >>> were up to date.

    >>
    >>Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
    >>touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
    >>and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.

    >
    > Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
    > complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
    > was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
    > open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
    > they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
    > that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
    > were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.
    >
    > I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
    > aware of. :)


    And fun to contemplate. I had an LOL moment...

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  16. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:09:33 -0500, Char Jackson wrote:

    > On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray <graypaul@telus.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >>You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >>icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >>closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >>far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >>2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

    >
    > I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
    > any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
    > uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
    > not even aware of it.
    >
    > An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
    > if they notice the same behavior.


    That is a great suggestion!

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  17. chrisv

    chrisv Flightless Bird

    "Jack" <nospam@invalid.not> wrote in message
    news:shOsn.173487$wr5.12558@newsfe22.iad...
    >
    > Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Folder Options, select
    > "Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)"


    That worked, thanks.
     
  18. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Char Jackson wrote:
    > On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:47:41 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch"
    > <not-me@other.invalid> wrote:
    >
    >> On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray wrote:
    >>
    >>> You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >>> icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >>> closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >>> far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >>> 2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.
    >>>
    >>> It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
    >>> unchecked in the Ease of Use section.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
    >>> Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
    >>> behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
    >>> and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
    >>> were up to date.

    >>
    >> Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
    >> touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
    >> and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.

    >
    > Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
    > complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
    > was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
    > open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
    > they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
    > that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
    > were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.
    >
    > I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
    > aware of. :)
    >


    He just has to stop standing up when he leans forward over the
    keyboard.

    -Al-
     
  19. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 1 Apr 2010 17:06:15 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch"
    <not-me@other.invalid> wrote:

    >On Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:09:33 -0500, Char Jackson wrote:
    >
    >> On Thu, 01 Apr 2010 01:58:35 GMT, Paul Gray <graypaul@telus.net>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>>You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
    >>>icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
    >>>closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
    >>>far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
    >>>2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

    >>
    >> I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
    >> any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
    >> uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
    >> not even aware of it.
    >>
    >> An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
    >> if they notice the same behavior.

    >
    >That is a great suggestion!


    Thanks. I thought of it because I have an extended family member with
    that issue. She says her mouse has a mind of its own, but the rest of
    us can see what she's doing even if she can't. Even so, she doesn't
    believe us. :)
     
  20. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:20:55 -0300, Al Smith <invalid@address.com>
    wrote:

    >Char Jackson wrote:
    >> I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
    >> aware of. :)
    >>

    >
    >He just has to stop standing up when he leans forward over the
    >keyboard.
    >
    >-Al-


    Not necessarily a bad problem to have, if I'm getting your drift.
     

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