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While typing, text/cursor jumps around??

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by berndawg84, Oct 3, 2004.

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  1. berndawg84

    berndawg84 Thread Starter

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    Hi..

    I've been having this problem a lot over the past year or so where I might be typing a sentence (and I think this only happens when posting at message boards) and sometimes in the middle of a word the cursor will suddenly jump to another place in the paragraph. As an example, it happened just now. When I was typing the word "sentence" above, in the middle of typing the word, the cursor jumped up to the title and the "ten" part of the word got mixed in with the word "typing" in the thread title. Sounds more complicated than it is, just wanted to give that as an example...and oh, it just happened again haha, while I was typing "give." I'm not sure if this happens to me in Word too, but I don't think so. Anyone have an idea why the cursor would just randomly and suddenly jump to another point in the text?

    thanks
     
  2. ctrlaltdel

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    do you have a laptop? I've found that while I type on a laptop my arm, or sometimes my hand will accidently touch the touchpad and send the cursor to another location.
     
  3. berndawg84

    berndawg84 Thread Starter

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    interesting...I have a laptop, a Dell, which has one of the standard "touch" mouses, and if you tap it twice, it will act like a regular left-click on a mouse. that is a possibility why that's happening, although I'm not too sure...I think it is something else, but I'll keep an eye out for if I'm doing that or not ;) but thanks for the tip. Anyone else with an idea?
     
  4. bossprods

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    this is happening to me as well. It jumps everywhere. Have you heard anymore on what this might be?
     
  5. Slowhand Man

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    This is a new problem for me on one of my laptops. It definitely seems like a bug to me. The only change that I believe may have brought this problem on was an upgrade from MSN Messenger to the newest version, now called WIndows Live messenger. The upgrade caused several problems for me, and I eventually had to de-install it. Shortly after installing, Messenger had several problems, including connecting (the buddies icon just kept spinning until I crashed out. Then I got an error message 81000395).

    When the factory installed version of windows Messenger began exhibiting similar problems, I researched online. I ended up de-installing MSN and reloading an older version (7.0). Since doing that, the logon problem has disappeared for the most part. I do however, get kicked off regularly when running Windows Messenger.

    The cursor jumping began during this time and has continued to be a problem. It happens in any text--based application--- Word, MSN messenger, email.

    It would be interesting to know what versions, if any, of MSN Messenger you are running.
     
  6. Billy the Adult

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    I had that problem on my wife's laptop and went to mouse properties and turned the sensitivity on the touchpad down all the way and it stopped. I guess any slight vibration made it jump.
     
  7. ozrom1e

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    If yo think it is the keyboard on the laptop try an external keyboard on the laptop.
     
  8. Slowhand Man

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    Billy,

    I'm sure there are many root causes for this symptom. For those who have NOT resolved their problem, I am asking about MSN Messenger. In my case, it was working fine for several years. No other changes were made to the computer other than the upgrade of messenger.
     
  9. Billy the Adult

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    Slowhand, I have the new version of messenger and after installing it I had no changes. I'm by no means an expert on Messenger, so maybe someone that is might know if there is an issue with it. My reply was to the original post by berndawg84 about his cursor jumping around.
     
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