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    Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    I have a problem keyboarding (typing) in Word on my laptop computer (XP Pro SP-2) which does not occur on my desktop computer (XP Home SP-2). I am typing at a moderate rate and suddenly lose my insertion point. I am still typing when this happens, and I have no idea where my input is going. This is very frustrating and worrying, as well as time-consuming when I am trying to get some work done.

    Has anyone else experienced this or have any suggestions for troubleshooting it? It may be strictly a hardware problem, but since Word is the only program I do any extensive typing in, I thought I would post it here, where others are likely to have encountered it. I

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    Re: Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    In addition to having a variety of special function key combinations that can be hit accidentally, many laptops have very touchpads that can reposition to mouse with the brush of a palm. If you think it might be the latter, a piece of heavy paper (e.g., a piece of a file folder) can be used as a temporary touchpad cover (tape at the bottom so you can flip it up and down as needed).

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    Re: Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    That's a very strong possibility, and an ingenious suggestion.

    The computer has both a touchpad and an AccuPoint, neither of which system I normally use, preferring instead a Graphire tablet, using the mouse most of the time. For keyboard input, however, the touchpad would be fastest and I think I'll switch to that, which will require some practice since I haven't used one extensively for some time. I do know that mine is very sensitive, and I suspect that you hit the nail on the head with your suggestion.

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    Re: Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    I would say it's almost certainly the touchpad. That happens to me with almost any laptop I use.

    Most laptops have a means of disabling the touchpad, either via a button directly above it, or, more commonly, a Function Key combo (mine's Fn-F4). Look for an F key (F1-F12) with a picture of a mouse or a mouse with an X through it, or something like that. Fn plus that key should disable the touchpad (pressing it again will toggle it back on).

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    Re: Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    You were right. My disable is right in the manufacturer's utility from the Start menu, and

    A quick click
    Did the trick!

    (I'm a poet
    And don't know it
    But my feet show it
    They're Longfellows!)

    Thanks for the help. I have it turned off for the time being, but one day will do a proper job of learning it. Your link is excellent.

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    Re: Keyboard fails (2003 SP-1)

    ... and I thought it was:
    I'm a poet,
    and I know it.
    My feet are Longfellows,
    and they smell like the Dickens

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