I’ve been on my desktop computer for almost two years now, and my local Effingham county tech support guy Dylan Riggs really helps keep it running smoothly! Not like the *cough cough* Dell travesty we went through before he built this machine for us.
But every now and then, there’s still the need for the laptop. Phil uses it for ABC Mouse, and I’m getting ready to teach a session on CSS edits at iRetreat blog conference at the end of this month. And up until recently, there was something really annoying about using the laptop.
I’d be typing over here, and all of a sudden…
…my cursor would be over there.
It was so totally super annoying!!! I’d have to pay super close attention to emails I was writing on my laptop, because the stupid cursor would jump to the middle of my block of text and make it look like I’d been day drinking the work week away.
Not too profesh, guys.
I started doing some Google searches on how to stop your laptop cursor from jumping around. I read a bunch of things in forums, tried a few things… And I’m super happy to report I found a fix that works!
How to Stop Your Laptop Cursor from Jumping Around
Ready for how easy it was? Click here to download Touchpad Blocker.
What Touchpad Blocker does is essentially turn your laptop’s touchpad off anytime your typing, because just the tiniest bit of contact with it can interfere. When I read that, I was kind of confused because I knew for a fact that the way I hold my hands when I’m typing… they’re nowhere near the touchpad. But I tried it, and it worked, so there you go!
One downside to Touchpad Blocker
As a graphics professional that’s been using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for well over ten years, I use a TON of their keyboard shortcuts. On a laptop, some of those timesavers are a combo of keystrokes and cursor movements, which are moot once you block the touchpad from working during keystrokes. BUT the amount of time I spend designing on my laptop these days is pretty minimal, so I suck it up and take the extra three seconds to do things the long way.
Did this stop your own laptop cursor from jumping around?
If you did something else to stop this issue on your own machine, leave a comment sharing what worked for you so others can try it out!
Disclaimer: This solve worked on my computer – Hearts and Laserbeams can not be held responsible for any changes or software you add to your own machine.