Cursor Jumps Around While Typing in Windows 7?

So I encountered a strange problem recently where my mouse pointer/cursor would randomly jump 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 with the cursor flying all over the screen started occurring.

Anyway, after playing around with all kinds of stuff, 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.

mouse cursor jumps

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 fine 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

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.

disable touchpad

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.

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.

tap off

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

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.

Hope one of the solutions mentioned above works! If not, post a comment with your details and we’ll try to help. If you have found another solution, feel free to post a comment! Enjoy!

Comments [6]

  1. Alaa Salem says:

    I get this problem while connected to the Internet. Once I close the wireless connection the cursor stops fooling around.

    Is that one of the Methods Listed above?

  2. Katie says:

    Thank you so much for the suggestion and link to Touch Freeze! It seems to be working perfectly for me! You’re my hero!

  3. BrokenEye says:

    Um… there IS NO touchpad icon in the system tray. There isn’t even an OPTION to have a touchpad icon in my system tray. Why does everybody keep saying to click on something that DOESN’T EXIST?

  4. bigmick says:

    Thanks; you are a genius (method 2 – disable touchpad -worked). I tried what Microsoft suggested – hide or unhide mouse pointer – and it didn’t make any difference.

  5. luke says:

    i have fixed the text jumping problem. thank god. the computer needed its drivers reinstalled and a disk did come with the laptop to do that. i had run it, but apparently either it needed a second running, or i had not let it complete before removing it. in any case, the device manager showing yellow or some odd, is now clear and there is no more trouble.

  6. Doug says:

    Touchfreeze fixed his problem for me first try. Havent had the problem since. Im using windows 7

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