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Have You Clicked Your Mouse One Place but Text Jumped Somewhere Else? Here’s How I Stopped It

I just discovered something…I think. I’ve been so frustrated when typing on my laptop. I’d move the insertion point and start typing, but text would go somewhere else! I started wondering if it had something to do with having the touchpad activated while I was using an external mouse. I had no idea, but thought I’d try it.

I hit my touchpad to deactivate it (on my HP laptop, I have to hit the upper, left side hard and twice pretty fast).

Well, I haven’t had this happen since, so that must be the fix. And since I use an external mouse anyway, I haven’t lost any functionality.

If you’re having this problem with your cursor jumping around, try this and see if it works for you (depending on your laptop, the method for deactivating your touchpad might vary). Let us know in a comment if you did something different that worked.


How to Set Up a Teleprompter for Videos Using Equipment You Already Have (with video)

Most of my videos are screen recordings that show tips and tricks in software. But recently, I’ve started getting in front of the camera. I’ve wanted to use a teleprompter, but didn’t have an iPad and didn’t want to spend any money buying a traditional one. Here’s what I came up with.

First, I wrote my script. The key to writing a script for the teleprompter is to write exactly the way you talk. Then practice, practice, practice until you don’t sound like you’re reading.

Second, I composed the text in Notepad, saved it, and pasted it on http://www.CuePrompter.com when I’m ready. This is a free online teleprompter service.

Third, I put my laptop behind my camera, just above it. This way, I can see the scrolling text on my laptop, and it looks as if I’m looking right into the camera’s eye.

Finally, I had to figure out a way to control the laptop when it’s not in front of me (e.g., to start the cueprompter, start and stop the video recorder for my webcam, etc.). My Logitech Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad is the perfect solution.

So I’m all set, and here’s the video on this setup. 


Are you using a teleprompter? If so, what’s your setup?