Laptop Cursor Runs Amuck

Dear Computer Lady,

The cursor on my lap top goes out of control.

It repositions itself  when I’m in the middle of typing something for example… or it literally runs amuck on the screen.

I know  that it’s a rather common problem from googling it, but no one seems to have a solution.  I hope you can help.

Thank you.  Sue

Dear Sue,

This is a rather common problem, one that I experience sometimes when I am using my laptop.

Most of the time when your cursor jumps around during typing, it is because you are accidentally brushing your hand against the touchpad.

The easiest way to prevent this problem is to turn off the touchpad during typing. How you turn off the touchpad can vary from one laptop model to another. Here are some common methods.

Most HP laptops have a small switch near the edge of the touchpad. Press it once to turn it off, then press it again to turn it back on.

If your laptop has a small light on one of the corners of the touchpad, try tapping the light twice, if it changes color, you have turned off the touchpad. Double tap on the light agaon to turn it back on.

Many laptops have a keyboard combination that turns off the touchpad. Look closely at the keyboard to determine if you have this option.

Some Dell laptops require that you use the control panel to turn off the touchpad.

Sometimes, plugging in a USB mouse automatically disables the touchpad.

If all else fails, tape a small piece of cardboard or plastic over the touchpad.


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    • lynne
    • January 19, 2012

    My employer provided me with a large screen laptop as I have a vision impairment. I found the touchpad hard to use so I bought an optical mouse. The cursor ran amuck – I am a touch typist so didn’t always notice that the cursor had jumped away from where it should be typing. I called our computer engineer who was unable to turn off the pad with the function key allocated to that job. He then went to the website of the company who made the computer (Asus) there he found the answer – download a piece of software called Elantech Smart Pad and that did the trick. Pad now disabled. Hope that helps someone. Thanks for all the helpful information Computer Lady.

    • jornada
    • January 19, 2012

    Whenever my computer’s cursor jumps around, it’s because of dust under the keys. After I clean out the dust, the cursor behaves normally again!

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