My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows 7

So I encountered a strange problem recently where my cursor jumps around the screen, making it impossible for me to type anything!

I never had this problem before, but once I upgraded my Acer laptop to Windows 7 64-bit, this problem when my cursor jumps around and is flying all over the screen started occurring.

Anyway, after playing around with all kinds of options in an attempt to stop when my cursor jumps around, I managed to get my touchpad and cursor under control and working normally again. A few friends told me they had similar problems, but had to resort to other solutions to fix the problem. In this article, I’ll try to list out all the different methods you can try to fix it, that we found to do the job of stopping my cursor jumping around.

My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows

Method 1 – Update Driver for Touchpad

If you’re using a touchpad on a laptop and you’re having this problem, the first thing you want to try is to download the latest driver for the touchpad from the manufacturer’s website. Note that you should find the one that is compatible with Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit).

If you already have the latest driver and that’s not working, you can also try to download a generic touchpad driver from Synaptic and see if that works instead of the current driver. Note that you should never believe Windows when it tells you that you have the latest driver. Always go to the manufacturer’s site and download the latest driver from there.

http://www.synaptics.com/resources/drivers

My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows

Method 2 – Disable the Touchpad

On some computers, this problem simply won’t go away until you disable the touchpad itself. You’ll have to use a mouse instead, but it’s probably better than not being able to type anything on your computer! The best way to disable the touchpad is to look for a small touchpad icon somewhere in your system tray. That will open up the touchpad settings software where you can adjust various options and possibly disable the touchpad itself.

Once you open the settings, you can choose the touchpad and click Disable. Depending on what type of touchpad hardware you have, the process may be slightly different for disabling it. You can always try the Control Panel and go to Mouse or Touchpad if that option is there.

My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows

Method 3 – Update Graphics Card Drivers

This is a long shot, but it’s worth a try. Go ahead and update your graphics card drivers and see if that makes any difference with the cursor jumping around everywhere. You might get lucky if nothing else has worked till now.

My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows

Method 4 – Disable Tap to Click

Some people have a problem where every time their finger brushes against the touchpad, it jumps to a different part of the screen. This could be caused by the tap to click option on some touchpads. Double click on the touchpad icon on your system tray, try to find something related to Pointer Options, then Advanced, then something called Enable Tap. Make sure it’s unchecked. Other names could be Click to Tap or Touch Check.

In some settings for touchpad, you may also see “Tap off when typing“. You want to make sure that is Enabled.

Also, it’s a good idea to turn off gestures and see if that fixes the problem.

My Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows

Method 5 – Try TouchFreeze

If nothing else is working, then you can check out a cool program called TouchFreeze that disables the touchpad automatically when you type in text.

http://code.google.com/p/touchfreeze/downloads/list

It’s really old, but seems to work for quite a few people, so give it a shot if nothing else is working to fix when your cursor jumps around.

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2 Comments

  • Mary Thomas says:

    Thanks for the tip about touchfreeze. My cursor started doing this today after I found yet another bug in vista which has had word crashing almost every time I try to cut and paste.
    :)

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