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Why do I have a runaway cursor in Excel

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3,170 words with 4 Comments; publish: Thu, 22 May 2008 21:49:00 GMT; (30678.13, « »)

About half of the time I open an Excel file, I try to position the cursor on

a particular cell and the cursor just runs away, cannot stop it, have to kill

the session with task manager. Any ideas? This is Excel 2003

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    • Hi Peter99,

      > About half of the time I open an Excel file, I try to position the cursor on

      > a particular cell and the cursor just runs away, cannot stop it, have to kill

      > the session with task manager. Any ideas? This is Excel 2003

      See

      http://www.mvps.org/dmcritchie/excel/ghosting.txt

      for a host of possible causes.

      Regards,

      Jan Karel Pieterse

      Excel MVP

      www.jkp-ads.com

      #1; Thu, 22 May 2008 21:50:00 GMT
    • Do you by any chance use an Optical Mouse... on a textured or multi-colored

      surface (such as woodgrain)? I've found this to be a very common source of

      the symptoms you describe, although I've not found it necessary to 'kill'

      Excel to control the problem.

      It also seems that USB mice are more inclined to exhibit this behavior than

      are serial mice.

      LOL |:>)

      "Peter99" wrote:

      > About half of the time I open an Excel file, I try to position the cursor on

      > a particular cell and the cursor just runs away, cannot stop it, have to kill

      > the session with task manager. Any ideas? This is Excel 2003

      #2; Thu, 22 May 2008 21:51:00 GMT
    • "CyberTaz" wrote:

      > Do you by any chance use an Optical Mouse... on a textured or multi-colored

      > surface (such as woodgrain)? I've found this to be a very common source of

      > the symptoms you describe, although I've not found it necessary to 'kill'

      > Excel to control the problem.

      > It also seems that USB mice are more inclined to exhibit this behavior than

      > are serial mice.

      > LOL |:>)

      > "Peter99" wrote:

      > > About half of the time I open an Excel file, I try to position the cursor on

      > > a particular cell and the cursor just runs away, cannot stop it, have to kill

      > > the session with task manager. Any ideas? This is Excel 2003

      #3; Thu, 22 May 2008 21:52:00 GMT
    • I seem to have fixed this by unchecking 'move selection after enter' in tools

      option edit....... i have had several problems with the Alps Touchpad

      drivers on my Dell Inspiron 8200 .... had a long running and re-occurring

      problem with the cursor jumping in Word

      "CyberTaz" wrote:

      > Do you by any chance use an Optical Mouse... on a textured or multi-colored

      > surface (such as woodgrain)? I've found this to be a very common source of

      > the symptoms you describe, although I've not found it necessary to 'kill'

      > Excel to control the problem.

      > It also seems that USB mice are more inclined to exhibit this behavior than

      > are serial mice.

      > LOL |:>)

      > "Peter99" wrote:

      > > About half of the time I open an Excel file, I try to position the cursor on

      > > a particular cell and the cursor just runs away, cannot stop it, have to kill

      > > the session with task manager. Any ideas? This is Excel 2003

      #4; Thu, 22 May 2008 21:53:00 GMT