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cursor moves on its own into previous lines of type

by fiftyso / August 7, 2007 11:24 PM PDT

I have searched for a similar thread and don't find one so am starting a new one. My problem has to do with insertion point as I type. For some reason I can't discern, as I am typing the cursor jumps to a random previous position and I am typing into an earlier line. I'm quite sure I am not striking anything but letter keys. Why is this happening? (HP Pavilion, Pentium M, Windows XP Pro, srvPk2)

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A Few Things To Try...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 8, 2007 12:07 AM PDT

First, because such things can be caused by malware, please download, install, update, then run a full system scan with free AVG Antispyware from the link below:

b]Ewido/AVG Antispyware 7.5 Tool

If malware is not the cause, then open the "Control Panel", double click on the "Mouse" icon, then click on the 'Pointer Options' tab, then UNCHECK the box next to "Enhance Pointer Precision".

If that doesn't help, try swapping in a known good keyboard and mouse.. See if it's simply a hardware problem.

Hope this helps.


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Turn off tapping while typing
by glb613 / August 8, 2007 8:44 PM PDT

You find it in the mouse controls in the control panel.

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Thanks for the info!
by foodfiend / February 22, 2009 9:24 AM PST

This problem had been driving me nuts since I reinstalled XP in my laptop (after the hard drive crashed). Since I regularly scan with AVG anti-spyware, I went straight to adjusting the mouse settings in the control panel and everything now works as it should.
Thank you!

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Cursor jumps to previous text position when typing (fast)
by Fraoulatos / August 24, 2011 6:30 AM PDT

Try de-installing Internet Explorer (8?) and download a fresh copy and re-install it.

All curious cursor jumps dissapear then.
This problem is not related to any malware, any keypad driver, any text processing environment, or cookies,etc It has to do with IE8 and it's settings and their alterations during it's lifetime.
There is no way to reset it. Just de/re install it from a frsh download.
Symptoms (if you pay attention) . Cursor jumps to it previous position (within same word) or in the line you'de click and write before.
You'll not find any other real reference in the web for this threat. I'll do the same right now because I have (again after 4-5 months) the same problem

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This Four Year Old Thread Doesn't Mention Internet Explorer
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 25, 2011 2:08 AM PDT

Since you responded to the original poster, why do you feel the original poster was typing in Internet Explorer 8.. ? If I remember correctly, IE 8 wasn't released till the spring of 2009. The thread was started in August 2007... And I get the feeling the OP was typing in a word processing program, but maybe not. Either way, the OPs problems were solve by changing the mouse settings as suggested by other posts in the thread.

If YOU have questions about your particular problem, please open a new thread, remembering to give us all pertinent information such as operating system, make and model of the computer, etc.

Hope this helps.


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