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    Mouse Pointer disappears

    I have been having a problem with the mouse pointer disappearing from my desktop quite frequently and having to re-start my computer to get it back. I am using Windows 98. Since i use my computer almost daily I usually leave it one at the desktop location and may or may not have left word or excel minimized. I even went out and purchased and installed a new mouse but it didn't make any difference.
    Do you have any ideas why this is happening and what I can do to remedy it.
    Thank you, Barbara Goldstein, bobbiegold@comcast.net

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    Re: Mouse Pointer disappears

    Hi Barbara,

    I used to have this problem using Win 95, especially in Word 97, where I work. One way of getting the pointer back was to close the application in which the pointer had become lost (had to remember the keyboard shortcuts). The workaround that solved the problem for me then was to change the mouse configuration to show the pointer trails, but to minimise them (because I didn't actually want to see them). Although it's best to correct the problem, this may help you out until then.

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    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    Re: Mouse Pointer disappears

    Barbara--

    This may be a resource problem. You can use msconfig in 98 to minimize what is running at start up.

    These may help:

    Troubleshooting Microsoft Pointing Devices and Keyboards

    SMBP

    Using msconfig in Windows 98

    System Config in Windows 98

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    Re: Mouse Pointer disappears

    What kind of mouse? (Microsfot, Logitech, etc.)
    Does it connect via a serial port, PS2 or USB?- and does the new one connect the same way?

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    Re: Mouse Pointer disappears

    Barbara--

    I also should have mentioned what you probably know. If a mouse driver needs updating, or they can ocassionally get corrupted, you can get funny annoying pointer behavior. Since you're using 98, having the latest software that is compatible with the OS shouldn't be a problem.

    SMBP

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