There are many issues and errors inside Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 and one of the most annoying one involves your cursors jumping whenever you are typing something. Obviously, this problem is also affecting Windows 7 and Windows 10 users, but Windows 8.1 owners seem to be the most affected.
The annoying problem with your mouse cursor jumping around while you type is obviously more often encountered with laptop owners, be it Windows 7, Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. The most obvious explanation as to why this is happening is the fact that you are accidentally touching the touchpad of your laptop. I know, you might not even feel it, but there are certain touchpads that are ultra-sensitive and they will make your mouse cursor move without you wanting it.
The easiest and most useful solution would be just to make sure you don’t accidentally touch it, but that’s not that easy because when you write, your palms will have the tendency to lower and thus, you will inevitably touch the touchpad again. I’ve had this problem for a few good months and when I finally decide that I’m standing too close to the computer, I bought a wireless keyboard and mouse and this has stopped my problem. Plus, it has helped relieve some of my back pain.
How to fix problems with the cursor jumping in Windows 10?
But if you’re not looking for a solution like the ones I talked about, then you need to read on. If you own a Lenovo convertible Windows 10, 8.1 device, you might want to have a look here in case you are experiencing similar problems. Now, back to our problem – if you don’t use the touchpad and if you have a mouse, maybe the best idea would be to temporarily disable it, that way you’ll be sure there’s no way you can touch it.
However, if you want to keep your touchpad working, then you need to go ahead and check if the settings for your mouse pointer are alright by following this: Control Panel->hardware & sound->devices->mouse->pointer properties. From there choose Pointer Options Tab, then un-check the “Hide Pointer While Typing” checkbox and that’s it! If everything is alright, just make sure you’ve got the latest drivers for your touchpad, go to Synaptics as this is the biggest software when it comes to this.
The last solution is most likely the best solution, as well, that is if you’re still having the annoying problem. All you need to do is to download a software that is absolutely free and revolves around a very simple, yet highly useful concept – it automatically disables your laptop’s touchpad while you are typing text. So, there you have it, absolutely no hassle and no settings, just install this tiny tweak and you’re all set!
Annoyed when you are typing a document and accidentally the palm of your hand brushes the touchpad, changing the position of the cursor in your document or accidentally clicking on an option. TouchFreeze is simple utility for Windows to solve this problem. It automatically disables touchpad while you are typing text.
After you will download and install TouchFreez (link at the end), it will silently sit in the system tray and won’t take almost anything from your CPU or memory. Let me know if this has helped solve your annoying problems by leaving your comment in the field from below.
Various cursor issues in Windows 10, 8.1
Cursor jumping is not the only problem you might have on Windows 10, 8.1. You can also have cursors that select everything, disappearing, black screen with cursor only and many other issues. If you encounter some of these problems, we have prepared a list of fixes for you. Here they are:
- 2018 Fix: Cursor freezes, jumps or disappears in Windows 10, 8 or 7
- 2018 Fix: Windows 10 Black Screen With Cursor
- Fix: Mouse Cursor Disappeared in Windows 10
- FIX: Windows 10 cursor selects everything
- Is your mouse moving erratically? Here are 5 solutions to fix it
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.