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Reader’s Tip: Jumping Mouse Pointer

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips

A reader  wrote in with a solution for a jumping mouse pointer. “Not a question.  In W.S. archives, you were answering a question about a mouse arrow that jumps all around.  Another Point I can make.
If it is a laser mouse with the red light on the bottom….then surface texture matters.  I found if the surface was a mirror, or glass or white enamel paint(like on the metal TV trays and even white fiberglass TV trays, the mouse does not move or moves erratically. Solution: put down a couple sheets of newsprint(I use the free flyers that come almost daily. The laser can SEE the texture of the paper weave and know it is moving. That or a tablecloth.  Paper is cheaper.”


Some good points.  Dark, smooth, flat surfaces work best for laser mouse. (An optical mouse, as opposed to one with a moving trackball inside, that uses laser light to detect movement.)

A mouse pad is also a good solution if you have the space for it. I have a darker model with a nice gel wrist rest. If you experience issues like this with a wireless mouse, it’s also a good idea to check the battery.

~ Cynthia

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2 Responses to “Reader’s Tip: Jumping Mouse Pointer”

  1. kathy says:

    This is an issue that annoys beyond description. My pointer and keyboard are erratic and nothing I’ve tried seems to help. Could you please point me to other articles you’ve written on this subject? I didn’t find new mouse drivers for MS 10.

    Please, how will I know if you respond to my question?

    Thanks so much, Kathy

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