Many laptop users have a problem with a jumping cursor. When trying to type, the cursor jumps around to different parts of the text by itself, causing data entry errors. Even worse than that is the sheer amount of wasted time trying to type emails and other documents. It is enough to make people who work or spend lots of time typing want to throw up their hands and just throw away their laptop.
One of the common causes of this jumping or moving cursor is an overly sensitive touchpad. When a touchpad has tapping enabled, tapping on the pad performs the same function as clicking the left button on the pad or a mouse. It is seen as a time saver for people who like to use touchpads. Unfortunately, this creates a problem for people who do a great deal of typing when the tapping feature is too sensitive. Simply typing without even touching the pad can trigger the tapping function in some touchpads.
The best way to get rid of this problem is to simply disable tapping during the time that you are typing. Although there are some programs that automatically disable the touchpad while typing is occurring, getting such a script will depend on what systems you are using on your laptop. It is better to just learn how to manually disable tapping so that you can type in comfort without that annoying jumping cursor.
You are going to need to access your mouse device features to diable tapping. This is rather confusing to many laptop users because a mouse, after all, is not a touchpad. But the touchpad is a device that essentially takes the place of a mouse. Therefore, you are going to access the mouse features to disable tapping in your laptop touchpad.
Access your Control Panel. To do this, it depends on what system configuration you are using. Just click on the Start image in the lower left. You will then see a Settings option on many computers where you can find your Control Panel. If you don’t see that, then look around the menus to find your Control Panel. If you cannot find it, each computer has a search feature you can use to find your panel. Just click on that Start image to find the search feature.
Now, once you have accessed your laptop Control Panel, you then need to click on Mouse. If you do not see a Device Settings tab at the top of the mouse window, then you need to install the latest´Synaptics device driver so you can get to the function for disabling tapping in your touchpad.
To do this, you should first check with your system manufacturer’s website to see if it has a customized touchpad device driver. Otherwise, Synaptics has a generic device driver. Go to synaptics.com/support/drivers to see the generic drivers.
Now, if you do not know much about the laptop you are using, you might not know which Synaptics device driver to download. What you need to do is right click on Computer in your desktop and then click on Properties to get to the laptop properties. That page will give you the specifics, such as whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit system.
Install the latest device driver if necessary. Of course, none of this is necessary if you can already access the mouse device settings.
Click on Device Settings after clicking on Mouse in your Control Panel. Click on Settings again and then click on Tapping. An option to modify the touchpad tapping will then appear.
Uncheck the Enable Tapping option to actually disable tapping. Click Apply and then OK to make it take effect. This process will get rid of the jumping cursor while typing because it disables your sensitive touchpad, stopping the tapping feature from inadvertently being triggered by your typing and other movements.
1. Of course, there could be other reasons for a jumping cursor on a laptop. This will solve the problem if the actual reason is the tapping feature on a sensitive touchpad. If there are other reasons, this method might not solve the problem.
2. If you actually like the tapping feature, go back in and enable tapping during the times that you do not need to do extensive typing. Just follow the same process until you get to the device and tapping settings and choose to enable the tapping.
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