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How to stop cursor jumping when typing

by razor-drifter / April 26, 2011 9:20 PM PDT

Does anyone know how to stop the cursor jumping all over the place when you are typing on a laptop. Can be typing and then suddenly it jumps and you are typing somewhere else on the page. I have been using a plug in keyboard which solves the problem but isn't always convenient to carry. This is the first time I have typed without it for ages and it hasn't done the jumping maybe it has fixed itself!!! I have a Dell Inspiron 1525.

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This happens because
by Jimmy Greystone / April 26, 2011 11:27 PM PDT

This happens because the heel of your palm is resting on the trackpad, registering as a mouse click. This is also why an external keyboard solves the problem,.

There are only a couple solutions.

1: Train yourself to have better posture when typing, which may also help avoid RSIs like carpel tunnel
2: Always carry a keyboard with you
3: Some trackpad software lets you automatically disable the trackpad if another mouse is present, so swap "mouse" for "keyboard" in #2

I personally wonder why all computer makers put the mouse dead center. Why not off to the right hand side? Instead of a numeric keypad on widescreen display laptops, they could easily just put the trackpad up there. Would actually better simulate the desktop experience. Maybe some day that idea will catch on. Apple actually did it with their first laptop. You could even swap the keyboard and mouse's position to make it lefty friendly. Somewhere along the line that idea got lost.

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by razor-drifter / April 27, 2011 12:25 AM PDT
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Thanks for your helpful reply.

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That keypad & I have been fighting for years
by flrhcarr / May 2, 2011 5:23 PM PDT
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You should have an icon on the taskbar which deals with the sensitivity of the keypad if you don't know how to **** with it in the bios, or can't (like on my netbook). Just reduce the amount so that your thumbs & palms aren't giving it the signal to move (as much). It helped me. When I want to move the cursor, I'll take the extra effort to move it, over having my cursor jump all over the place.
I personally liked the old joystick mouse on the laptops.

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by razor-drifter / May 3, 2011 12:53 AM PDT

Thanks for that. Isn't any icon on my task bar. Not sure about bios. Cool But thanks anyway.

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My solution
by pattywack--2008 / October 24, 2012 10:41 PM PDT

After researching this problem for days, I finally contacted Dell for some help. The problem for me was my touchpad driver went bad.. I had to uninstall the driver and install a new driver. This worked and I no longer have my cursor jumping all over the place.

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