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How to prevent the erratic movement of the mouse cursor jumping on the screen?

Updated on December 10, 2011

Erratic movement is commonly seen with an optical mouse. Optical mice are a great replacement for mouse balls. They eliminate the task of cleaning the dirt from the mouse. In addition, with their lighting and colorful designs, optical mouse make your desktop pretty awesome to work. However, one issue I noticed with these optical mice is the erratic movement of the mouse pointer. The mouse pointer keeps jumping every where on the screen. You try to move it one side and the mouse pointer moves in the opposite direction. Many times, while I tried to click on some thing, the mouse pointer moves to the top corner and closes the working window. This is really frustrating as I have to open all the sites once again.

I checked the mouse settings and everything seems fine. I tried to uninstall mouse drivers and reinstall them but in vain. I disconnected the mouse and reconnected it. I tried with the mouse ball and it was working fine. So I searched for a solution on the internet by visiting technical forums and other sites. In one of the help desk forums I came to know that it was not with the settings. The only issue with the optical mouse is that it is very sensitive to the surface on which they are placed. You need to use a mouse pad or some paper or a book. When I tried this, the whole issue was resolved with this simple task and I really felt ashamed that I could not do this before. How foolishly I was trying for various things instead of using a normal mouse pad.

Yes, some times we look at bigger things and tend to ignore smaller aspects. If you experience any erratic movement with you mouse pointer, check the surface on which you are using the optical mouse. Make sure to use a slightly textured and constant surface for optimum performance from your optical mouse.


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      Krish 5 years ago

      i have the same problem but in-spite of using a mouse pad the problem of erratic behaviour remains the same , it seems the mouse has a mind of it's own .

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      James Agbogun 6 years ago

      It is a common Problem we usually take for granted. It should have resulted to buying a new Mouse. But the Irony is, you were able to come up with a simple solution. Thanks for Sharing!