So I recently ran into a weird problem where my mouse / cursor jumped randomly across the screen, making it impossible for me to type anything! I’ve never had this problem before, but as soon as I updated my Acer laptop to Windows 7 64-bit, this issue with the cursor flying all over the screen started to appear.
Anyway, after playing around with all sorts of things, I was able to take control of the touchpad and cursor and work fine again. Several friends told me that they had similar problems, but had to resort to other solutions to fix the problem. In this article, I will try to list all the methods you can try to fix.
First method – updating the driver for the touchpad
If you are using the touchpad on a laptop and you are having this problem, the first thing you should try is to download the latest driver for the touchpad from the manufacturer’s website. Please note that you should select the one that is compatible with your version of Windows (7/8/10, 32 or 64-bit).
If you already have the latest driver installed that doesn’t work, you can also try downloading the generic touchpad driver from Synaptic and see if it works instead of the current driver. Note that you should never trust Windows when it tells you that you have the latest driver installed. Always go to the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver from there.
The second method – disable the touchpad
On some computers, this problem will not go away until you disable the touchpad itself. You will have to use a mouse instead, but this is probably better than not typing anything on your computer! The best way to disable the touchpad is to look for a small touchpad icon somewhere on the taskbar. This will open the touchpad customization program, where you can adjust various settings and possibly disable the touchpad itself.
With Settings open, you can select the touchpad and click Disable. Disconnecting the touchpad hardware may differ slightly depending on the type of touchpad hardware. You can always try the control panel and choose Mouse or Touchpad if you have the option.
Third method – update graphics card drivers
It’s unlikely, but worth a try. Update your graphics card drivers and see if it affects the cursor jumping all over the place. You might be in luck if nothing has helped so far.
Fourth method – disable click to click
Some people have a problem where every time their finger touches the touchpad, it jumps to a different part of the screen. This can be caused by pressing a button on some touchpads. Double-click the touchpad icon in the taskbar, try looking for anything related to pointer options, then Advanced, then something called Enable Touch. Make sure it is not installed. Other names can be Click to Tap or Touch Check.
In some touchpad settings, you can also see “Disable when typing”. Make sure it’s on.
Also, it’s advised to disable gestures and see if that fixes the problem.
Fifth method – try TouchFreeze
If nothing else works, you can try the cool TouchFreeze program, which automatically disables the touchpad when you type.
It’s really old, but seems to work for many, so give it a try if all else fails.
Hope one of the solutions mentioned above works! If not, leave a comment with your details and we will try to help. If you find another solution, do not hesitate to leave comments! Enjoy!