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Cursor problem in Publisher 2000

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Lyn Patterson, Feb 9, 2003.

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  1. Lyn Patterson

    Lyn Patterson Thread Starter

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    Windows 98SE Office 2000: Publisher 2000

    Am working on a doc with lots of graphics and some text. The mouse pointer, whenever it is over the doc, on graphics or text, changes to the MOVE icon even though nothing is Selected. When I move it off the page it changes back to normal.

    Sometimes it changes to an hourglass with an animated brush which interferes with my editing and is very annoying.

    I tried Tools/Options/User Assistance and deselected the Use Helpful Mouse Pointers but still I get the ordinary MOVE pointer which I don't want. It is as if objects are selected when they are not.

    Does anyone know what to do to correct this? I know Dreamboat is an expert on Word - not sure about Publisher?

    Thanks
     
  2. Anne Troy

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    Hi, Lyn.

    Unfortunately, this is the same behavior in a Word picture when the formatting is NOT set to "inline with text", so I think you are likely SOL on this one.

    It is just providing the cursor that is appropriate for the object you're pointing at. If you made the picture a hyperlink, likely, you'll get "the hand".

    I'm just not sure why it makes it a problem for you? I think it would be helpful to people who, for instance, paste text as a graphic instead of as text...etc.
     
  3. Lyn Patterson

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    Hi Dreamboat

    The reason it is a problem is that I don't think it is acting normally.

    Say I want to re-size a picture. I put the pointer over the picture and click on it to select it. Immediately this hourglass with animated brush starts animating and I am trying to now click on Format and have to click several times for it to open its menu. I then try to select Size and Position and all the while this cursor is animating away and again I have to click several times to get the Size and Position box to open. Then the same thing happens when I try to adjust the width and height and vertical and horizontal positions.

    I have to wait until the cursor stops its animations before I can get the normal arrow pointer to click on what I want. This is taking ages where it should just be a few simple clicks.

    So instead of just one click for each action, I have to click several times while waiting for this animated cursor to stop animating. It is driving me round the bend !

    Lyn
     
  4. Anne Troy

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    Eww. I guess it would drive me around the bend too. Problem is, there is nowhere to go 'round the bend.

    I half think that I'd close everything up and Start-Run

    publisher.exe /regserver

    (where publisher.exe is the executable name for publisher--which I'm not sure of)
     
  5. Lyn Patterson

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    Dreamboat

    I think the problem is confined to that one doc. Bear in mind it was the first time I had used Publisher and I was clicking on all sorts of things to try and find my way round.

    I have just done another brochure and had no problems at all. I know what I am doing now and there are no cursor problems. I think I must have inadvertently activated something.

    Am really pleased with Publisher - will stick with it for that sort of work.

    Thanks for your time !

    Lyn
     
  6. Anne Troy

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    Anytime. :)
     
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