Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Typing focus jumps to mouse cursor location when typing

When working with a client who has a laptop, one thing that I see a lot of is that the mouse jumps around to the mouse cursor when typing rather than styaing on the location where the cursor focus should be (on the line being typed). This can almost seem random and frequent. This causes a lot of frustration and retyping work since you'll have words like HeWorldllo instead of Hello World. 

I can not guarantee it will fix everyone's issues but it did for me.

The following simple configuration change is how I fixed it on my system:
  1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware -> click Mouse. 
  2. Click the 'Pointer Options' tab.
  3. Uncheck the Hide pointer while typing box (if unchecked already, something else is going on)
That should be it!
Figure 1 - The 'Mouse' configuration option in the control panel

Figure 2 - The 'Hide pointer while typing' option that should be unchecked.

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