Windows 7 - why does my cursor jump all over when I am typing

Asked By petr on 03-Jan-08 05:51 PM
i can be typing along and all of a sudden a new window pops up or my cursor
jumps to another spot in the page.  Basically it jumps to wherever I have
left the cursor.  So frustrating!!!!!

Kerry Brown replied on 03-Jan-08 08:12 PM
Do you have a laptop with a touchpad below the keyboard? See if you can
change the sensitivity of the touchpad.

Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
Steve Thackery replied on 05-Jan-08 04:00 AM
I agree with Kerry - this is typical touchpad behaviour.  It happens to me
all the time when I am typing on my laptop.

RichC593 replied on 05-Jan-08 01:51 PM
I have the very same problem. As soon as I begin typing the cursor jumps
down and to left then  begins roaming around the screen. It does this with
just the touch pad or even when I have a mouse attached. I have a Dell
Inspiron 8600 and the BIOS has a setting to disable the touch pad when a
mouse is attached but it since installing Vista the touch pad no loner gets
disabled. I have been using Vista for three months without any problem but,
the last week the problem began slowly and has reached the point that
working in Word is very difficult. Hopefully, MS will come up with fix soon
since no one in these groups or other groups on the net seem to have any fix
for this specific problem.  There are some fixes for other situations
causing erratic mouse movement but, none related to typing. I am wondering
if it may be related to keyboard drivers?

Kerry Brown replied on 05-Jan-08 02:59 PM
If your touchpad is Synaptics then you can disable it in the Synaptics

Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
me replied on 05-Jan-08 03:11 PM
I am also having this problem, it's like the cursor has a mind of its own. I
am pulling my hair out. I can't even type a whole sentence without problems.
Is there anything we can do? I am almost at the point of throwing my computer
in the yard and running it over.
Kerry Brown replied on 05-Jan-08 03:59 PM
Use an external mouse and disable the touchpad.

Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
RichC593 replied on 05-Jan-08 05:54 PM
Thanks, that solved my problem.  I do not have Synaptics however, I was able
to disable the touchpad in the BIOS.

Corgimo replied on 30-Jan-08 10:56 PM
I have the same problem on a brand new laptop with Vista. It is not
convenient for me to use an external mouse. So is disabling the touchpad the
only answer?
LadyFlam replied on 10-Feb-08 10:28 AM
We've been having the same problem with both my mum's laptop and our ordinary
desktop computer.  Is there a way to fix it on a desktop machine?  Also, how
do you go about disabling the touchpad on an Acer laptop?
Kerry Brown replied on 10-Feb-08 12:19 PM
On my Acer there is an option to disable the touchpad on the Synaptic tab in
the Mouse applet in the Control Panel.

Kerry Brown
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
CEILIMAN replied on 01-Dec-08 07:00 PM
petro;561198 Wrote:
hi i am new at this I have the same problem,I am surprised that I
have got this far without the cursor jumping back or up and down,what is
the cure,I spoke too soon,it done it again I had to retype  Anton

LVTravel replied on 01-Dec-08 11:56 PM
Laptop?  If so set the sensitivity of the touchpad.  If you also use an
external mouse with a laptop some systems will allow you to turn off the
touchpad while the USB mouse is connected.
Lee Stone replied on 02-Dec-08 05:10 AM
No idea if this is relevant but my laptop does this when my mobile phone is
to close by

CEILIMAN replied on 07-Dec-08 08:13 AM
Sorry for not replying soonerI do have a phone close by but it has never
given a problem.this has only happened over the last few months,once
again thank you for taking an interest,Anton:cry:

KWMN replied on 30-Jan-09 06:23 PM
Hi, I've been having the same problem and it makes me completely crazy,
but I think I may have found one reason why this can happen and a fix
for it (not perfect but better than nothing!)  I think this is related
to the fact that Vista is set up so that if the mouse pointer is in a
particular spot, the cursor will jump to that spot, automatically,
without your having to click the mouse.

Also, if the mouse pointer happens to be pointing to a hyperlink or a
command (such as anything on the QuickLaunch bar), Vista will OPEN
whatever link or program is being pointed at.

This problem is further complicated, in Word, by the fact that most of
us set up the pointer to "disappear" when we are typing text... and yet,
it's still "there" someplace on the page (as you can see if you move

SO what I think is happening, is that the cursor just jumps to wherever
the mouse pointer is located, if you pause a bit in typing... and, when
that happens, your typing is inserted at the point where the mouse
pointer is located.

However, happily, there is a really good description in the Tutorials
about how to change how long the mouse must hover over a particular
link, before vista opens that popup.  So, it is possible to slow down
that process, which helped me a lot.

Also, I've found that if I position the mouse pointer carefully off to
one side of my page, before I start typing, it doesn't "steal" my

- Karen

pokeyman replied on 01-Feb-09 04:59 AM
Just re-install the driver, since u still have use kb then , then use kb

jinks replied on 03-Feb-09 07:36 PM
I had the same problem on my Dell Inspiron 1525.  I downloaded the
driver at Synaptics and was finally able to have the option to disable
the touchpad.  I was pulling my hair out because it was so frustrating
with the cursor jumping around. Here is where I go the driver.
'Drivers | Synaptics' (

echoroc replied on 19-Mar-09 03:42 PM
I have this problem, which JUST started, on my 2 week old HP.  It was
fine until a few days ago.  I tried turning of 'tap' while typing, which
doesn't help.

I can't use an external mouse -- what's the point of having a laptop if
you have to use a peripheral??

jinks replied on 19-Mar-09 03:52 PM
After I had to reformat my Dell laptop I was not able to have the option
of disabling the touchpad.  I have since just taped a business card over
the touchpad and now don't have the problem with "sensitive"

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marilyn Judd Mize replied to Corgimo on 24-Mar-10 02:13 PM
I have a brand new Macbook... same thing happens.  Must be just the laptop/touchpad thing.
Louis Louis replied to Kerry Brown on 15-Jan-11 07:32 AM
Yes, Gateway T Series.

I had to update Drivers for my monitor. Check in Control Panel/ Hardware.
Deborah Elfindale replied to petr on 29-May-11 09:20 PM
why does my curser jump all over the page while I type. Running Vista
Deborah Elfindale replied to petr on 29-May-11 09:23 PM
Why does my curser skip backwards in my typing no matter what software I am typing in? Just about every 5th click of the space bar the curser will move bcakwards in the message.