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    Desensitise laptop cursor

    On the laptop I'm using at a friend's house, when you leave the mouse cursor on a clickable field for a second or so, it appears to give the same effect as a single-click. How can I disable this infuriating function, please?

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    PS It's a Dell Inspiron with a Synaptics touchpad, and I can't find anything apparently relevant in Control Panel -> Mouse
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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    Activate the Device Settings (or Advanced Settings?) tab of the Mouse control panel.
    Click Settings.
    Experiment with turning off 'Enable Tapping' under Tapping.
    You may also want to look at the settings under Sensitivity.

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    Thanks, Hans

    I've turned off the Touchpad Touch sensitivity a bit, and will see if that assist...

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    I don't know if you have TweakUI installed, John, or if this "x-mouse" thing can be activated by some other mechanism or not, so is it worth looking into or Googling around a bit?
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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    The "X-mouse" setting sets focus to a window as you hover the mouse over it, but it doesn't set focus to controls such as buttons or text boxes within a window, so I don't think that it causes John's problem.

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    Sorry, Hans, but your suggestion doesn't fix the problem. I feel sure I saw something some time ago relating to hovering on clickable fields and menu items, but it was not Mouse (Control Panel) related. Perhaps I am thinking of right clicking on the Start button, Properties, Advanced, Open submenus when I pause on them with my mouse (which is not ticked...)?

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    If the problem occurs in Windows Explorer, could it be the single-click option in Tools | Folder Options?
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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    No, sorry, the option is set to Double-click in Windows Explorer, and anyway the main problem seems to be in menus. I'm baffled (and exasperated...!).

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    Sorry, I'm out of ideas.

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    John,
    I don't have an answer for you but I did run into a site at Notebook Review where someone has posed an almost identical question as you have here. ( was it you? )

    There is some discussion and a few suggestions but they don't appear to have solved the problem yet. Possibly you could join in the discussion there or follow it as it progresses. Hopefully to a conclusion.

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    I think that there may the an "Accessibility Option" to do this. If you click on Start/Programs/Accessories, there should be an Accessibility folder with several things that you can do. I'm not sure where this option is, and you didn't say what version of Windows this is on, but I think it is in there somewhere.
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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    I looked there, but there's nothing in the Accessibility Options for Windows XP that would cause the behavior John describes... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    Bob

    No, not me - this is a Dell Inspiron 6400! I will look into the matter of the Synaptic mouse-pad drivers. Changing the BIOS from A08 to A14 (major jump!) didn't improve matters.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    OK. I have seen this option before, I just don't remember where it was. Maybe on the control panel for one of my previous mice or computers. I thought it was an option for disababled people who could move the cursor with their mouth but could not click.
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    Re: Desensitise laptop cursor

    John,

    Have you looked into TweakUI, under Mouse?

    There seems to be a few choices for mouse hover sensitivity and also a "Activation Under Mouse" option.

    Might be worth a peek?

    Edited: Sorry, didn't see Big Al's post prior to this!
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