Sunday, July 28, 2013


So I got a new computer, and I'm still figuring it out.

My old one had Windows XP, and I got Windows 7 on this one. So far, I like a lot of the features.

Except...dun dun dun...the TOUCHPAD (it actually went crazy while I was typing that).

I did read about it in the reviews, so it's not like I wasn't warned, but I thought I'd be able to find a fix. Example: In Windows XP you can select "turn off touchpad while typing," and apparently they got rid of that option in Windows 7? Weird.

The problems are:

-text randomly gets bigger/smaller when scrolling (solved that one by turning off pinch zoom)
-the mouse goes crazy and thinks I've selected something when just hovering (think opening/closing pages, etc.)
-the cursor jumps around when typing, so I'll be in the middle of a sentence and suddenly end up somewhere else

I'm trying to investigate to see if I can "fool" the computer somehow and get it to not be quite so responsive.

So there's my little vent. If you have any ideas, let me know! In the meantime, I'll be blogging when possible, even if it means using the "undo" button a lot to get back what I was typing.


  1. Hi Elizabeth
    You can dial down the sensitivity of the touchpad. Find its icon in the lower right corner of your home screen and right click on it. It may be hidden in the hidden icons window. Just left click on the up arrow just to the left of your time and date. Then you can adjust all its settings in the window that will appear. Phill Olson

    1. Thank you! I will experiment. Amongst "all its settings" I have not yet found the right combination.

  2. I've got a few of those problems on my laptop....yes; Windows 7. I'm glad to know I'm not alone. Sergei was able to fix the touchpad so it isn't so sensitive (and maybe I've learned to avoid it better) but the cursor that ends up randomly flying around, is still a huge annoyance.

    1. Yes. I was just typing a long comment on your blog post only to have the cursor jump somewhere and half the comment disappear. Oh well, it probably wouldn't have been very interesting anyway.

  3. Okay, here is one fix I found for restoring text in gmail: ctrl-z undoes the deletion!


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