Perhaps it’s me being clumsy, but in beta 24 I’ve had a recurring problem today: 6-7 times today, while I was typing, the blinking cursor (i.e. the insertion point) jumped away from where it should be and ended up where the mouse cursor was hovering inside the same document.
At first, I figured it had to be me inadvertently causing this to happen but after watching carefully, I no longer believe I’m the cause.
I have yet to discover a pattern. As far as I can see it has nothing to do with hitting the end of a line or causing text to wrap.
I had a laptop that would sometimes “assist” me by clicking where the cursor was, automagically, if the cursor hadn’t moved in a while. Make sure that hasn’t been turned on by accident (but you’d see it in other apps, I would think).
If your hands are brushing the trackpad (the fleshy part at the base of the thumb often makes contact, in my experiences with trackpads), they may trigger the behavior no matter how stiff the trackpad is. I eventually turned it off and used a mouse instead. As I recall, there are things about a trackpad’s behavior you can change that may reduce accidental cursor activation. The delay after typing stops before the trackpad can activate was fairly critical (I put it at half a second, I think; it’s been a bit since I used that laptop).
(replying to this old post because i didn’t find any more recent ones.)
I have this jumpy cursor thing all the time and it’s very annoying. I’m typing and all of a sudden I’m typing in another sentence, back a few lines. I’m not sure it jumps back to where the mous cursor is or just randomly.
I only have it with scrivener, so it can’t really be the hardware, though at the same time I wonder: I have it with my HP specter laptop now, I had it with a previous HP specter laptop, and I think I didn’t have it with another type of laptop that I used shortly in between.
Any solution would be appreciated. When it gets too much on my nervous I turn off the touch pad but only being able to navigate with the mouse isn’t the best solution either.
I am the op for this thread.
By chance, I had the same experience just a week ago when I started using Scrivener again after a long hiatus.
This time, I had a strong suspicion my palm was touching the mousepad on my new laptop. I have been mindful of this possibility, and I have not noticed the issue since.
Thanks. if it is my palm and the touchpad, i’d have that in other software too, no? but i don’t.
(plus, I have been mindful of that, and it still happens. conversely, if i purposely touch the pad with my palm, nothing happens, no cursor jumping)
Many laptops have a Fn key intended to completely turn off the touchpad.
Turn it off, or use this free touchpad blocker :
If the misbehavior doesn’t manifests itself while the touchpad is blocked, well… you’ll have your answer.
(In the event that the touchpad was indeed the source of the problem, note that the app I linked to above is a much better solution than turning off the touchpad, as it activates on its own whenever you type, and deactivates by itself again, a set number of seconds after you are done typing.)
If the text cursor is bouncing over to the position of the mouse cursor, this is evidence that inadvertent fondling of the touchpad is causing the problem, as that is exactly the symptom one would expect to see. Back when I bought my laptop, I had to tweak the Palm Check Threshold of the touchpad, because I was experiencing the same thing. Problem solved.
thanks jim. again, i find it strange that this jumping wouldn’t occur in other software. but anyway, the touchpad explanation seems to be the most logical, especially because indeed the problem stops when i turnt off (wonder if it could be a combination of touchpad settings AND scrivener)
i’ve been trying to conjure up the synaptics tab in my settings but for now without success, even after downloading the latest driver. continuing to look
It’s possible your device doesn’t have this option. If that’s the case, the Touchpad Blocker app @Vincent_Vincent linked to upthread sounds like it performs the exact same function. The other thing you can experiment with is tweaking the Touchpad Sensitivity setting in Touchpad Settings, although that’s more of a brute force approach and could produce undesirable results in other ways. I would try Touchpad Blocker first, as it’s specific to the issue.