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    Insertion Point jumps

    Hi Loungers,

    I think I wrote about this many years ago but can't find it and certainly don't recall the solution.

    When typing - say in a box such as this one for creating a message for the Lounge or in a Word document - my insertion point may jump to a new spot all on its own.

    For example, when typing the above line, after typing the word "one", the insertion point jumped to the blank line after "Hi Loungers,". Subsequent typed characters appear, as they should, at the insertion point.

    I've determined how the location is determined as to where the insertion point jumps to: it goes to wherever my mouse cursor is. If it's in the middle of other text, that's where it goes to; if it's kind of on a blank line, even if not at the left margin, it goes to that blank line.

    What I've resorted to is keeping my cursor outside of the input area. So for programs like Word or Excel, I keep the cursor on the menus. This is not all that great since the problem could result in a menu being selected. That's not quite as bad as having characters entered in a random place that I have to delete and go back to where I should have been (I guess I could cut and paste the characters from where they were inadvertently entered but that's not a real solution).

    I have not seen any pattern to the frequency that this happens (just on this line it happened twice before the parenthesis but not at all on the above paragraph). I've checked for a new mouse driver (I use an MS USB optical mouse on an HP Pavillion laptop running Windows XP SP2); I've scanned my PC for viruses (none). It's been happening for a few months (yes, I've put up with it for all this time but finally decided to ask) but can't recall any event like downloading/installing a new program at the time. The only significant thing that I can think of that may be related to this is that Verizon, my DSL provider, switched from using McAfee AV to Norton AV. Personally, I think the Norton AV is a piece of junk (files take forever to open when a virus scan is performed on them and sometimes I have to open them a second time). Can this be related?

    Any suggestions on this problem?

    TIA

    Fred

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    Re: Insertion Point jumps

    You are dragging your thumb across the "Touch Pad" and moving the cursor. It has been a issue since the touch pads came out. Learn to lift your thumbs just a little so they will not drag.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Insertion Point jumps

    According to this thread this can be caused by the touchpad detecting a tap, which it interprets as a left mouse click.

    Try turning off the tap behaviour on your touchpad.

    StuartR

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    Re: Insertion Point jumps

    Hi Stuart and Dave,

    As I mentioned, this was a problem for me several years ago. At that time, either Stuart or maybe Jefferson suggested the same thing - that I was inadvertently touching the touchpad. At that time, I taped a card across the touchpad as suggested and it solved the problem until a few months ago. Maybe the card wore down?

    So based on the thread pointed to by Stuart, I checked that out. Unfortunately, the person posting that did so in April 2006 and it would have been hell going back in time thru all the posts on the HP forum. So I googled this and found someone who determined that the solution was to get a PS2 mouse, which automatically turned off the touchpad when it was connected. Well, I'm happy with my USB mouse. Another solution said to just turn off the touchpad (not just the tapping behavior). Easier said than done - no SW thing (control panel or program) seemed to correspond to this. Except - aha - the button right above the touchpad. When I depressed it, the blue light for the touchpad went off. So it may be off. So far, no cursor jumping when typing this message.

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    Thanks.

    Fred

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