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'Ghost' cursor

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by cmboulton, Dec 13, 2003.

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  1. cmboulton

    cmboulton Thread Starter

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    I am using Windows 2000 Professional & when I am in Word there are 2 cursors showing -one showing the position I am in on the document. The pointer arrow turns into an elongated capital 'I' when on the document. Regularly the cursor showing where I am jumps back to where I last clicked with the mouse. I am using a Compac Armada M300 with built in mouse pad.

    Helpful suggestions as to resolving this very very much appreciated.

    Thanks - Christine
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I also use Windows 2000 Pro and mine dones this too. I was under the impression that this is normal and wasn't aware that it's a problem.

    I have one bold upright straight line which is the cursor that blinks and the other that you refer to as an elongated I is actually the arrow which changes to that symbol when in the document. It allows you to insert text so you know where you are in the document.

    It will stay become an arrow if you move it to the side so that you can point to highlight a sentence or a paragraph.

    Is this something that has changed recently or did it always do this? How do you see it as a problem? Just curious.

    Cookie
     
  3. cmboulton

    cmboulton Thread Starter

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    Am running Windows 2000 Professional on a Compac Armada M300 laptop using built in touch pad mouse. The 'ghost' cursor looks like an elongated upper case 'I' and shows where the pointer is. My problem is that it frequently interupts by automatically moving the blinking cursor (showing my position in the document) to whatever position the pointer was last at in the document. This is very annoying and time consuming and happens even if I 'park' the pointer off the document currently being worked on.
    Any suggestions as to a resolution would be most welcome.
    Thanks - Christine
     
  4. kiwiguy

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    Can you explain:

    Is this in Windows itself, as you suggest?

    Or is this actually in Word, running under Windows 2000. (the only clue here is your reference to a "document")

    The "I" cursor is the normal working curson when text editing in Word. It turns into an arrow when outside the editable portions of the document. Both the "blinking" cursor, and either the "I" or arrow can and do cohabit at any one time in Word.

    The focus should not be "stolen" from your typing position however, unless you are "brushing" against the input pad from time to time, or its misbehaving/faulty (most likely reason).

    I tend to disable the touchpads and use a plug in mouse. Later laptops have a key to disable/enable for this reason.

    Accordingly I am confused?
     
  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Sorry Christine, I misunderstood your problem when you first posted.

    I don't know if you read my reply, since you didn't post in the same thread. But it won't help you anyway.

    Kiwiguy, you may want to refer to the previous thread at:

    http://forums.techguy.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=186988

    There she mentioned that the problem was happening in Word.

    Hope you can get this resolved.

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  6. kiwiguy

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    Thanks Cookiegal, thats clarified things.

    I am not sure anything is wrong either.

    That cursor behaviour is normal, and if the touch pad is sensitive, a minute brush over it while typing would be seen as a "click" that would relocate the typing (flashing) cursor to where the "I" cursor (or arrow) is.

    On my laptop, I disable the touch pad (special key is fitted for this) or use a real mouse, and permanently disable the touchpad.

    Even worse are the "G Spot" controllers. a small "stump" beside the G key that will also allow cursor control. If these are enabled, bumping it when typing can move your cursor several pages! Not often fitted now though.
     
  7. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    Christine, I've merged both threads for you, as its the same problem :)

    eddie
     
  8. Alexps

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    This is normal behavior, my Wordperfect does the same thing. The "I" cursor is the insert point where typing will go.
     
  9. cmboulton

    cmboulton Thread Starter

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    Thanks everyone for responding - I am aware of the sensitivity of mouse pad & accordingly am very careful not to brush the pad - of course it maybe so sensitive that the shadow from my hands affect it!! but seriously it does slow up my word processing & yes I could get an external mouse but have a wrist & elbow RSI injury exacerbated by use of external mouse.....so if anyone knows what else I might do to stop this errant behaviour let me know.
     
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