Mouse hovering acts like click


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Paul Gray

Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?

Thanks

Paul
 
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Trev

Paul Gray said:
Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
hovering over it with a mouse,
Isn't that the task bar icons Not Desktop Icons. I don't know why your mouse
thinks your clicking

but it still happens. The frustrating
 
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LouB

Paul said:
Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?

Thanks

Paul
Try a different mouse? Maybe the mouse is defective.
 
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Jack

Paul Gray said:
Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating thing
is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?
Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Folder Options, select
"Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)"
 
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Al Smith

Paul said:
Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window
by hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating
thing is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?

Thanks

Paul

It's as annoying as hell, isn't it?

-Al-
 
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MJMIII

Paul Gray said:
Help! Since upgrading to win7, sometimes when I just slide my mouse
pointer over an icon it selects that file or launches a program. I know
this is a 'feature' of Win7, but I want to turn it off.

I've gone into Control Panel--> Ease of Access --> Make the Mouse easier
to use and unselected (actually that was the default) Activate a window by
hovering over it with a mouse, but it still happens. The frustrating thing
is that it's inconsistent, doesn't happen all the time.

Anybody have any ideas? Do I need to change settings in more than what
I've detailed above, or is this maybe a bug?

Thanks
What type of mouse? If it's the old roller ball type it's probably trash.
If it's a wireless or laser mouse try uninstalling and reinstalling the
drivers.
 
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Paul Gray

You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
unchecked in the Ease of Use section.

By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
were up to date.

Paul
 
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Gene E. Bloch

You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.

It's like Windows is ignoring the fact that the 'hover option' is
unchecked in the Ease of Use section.

By the way, it's a one year old HP laptop with a trackpasd and a
Microsoft wireless 6000 mouse. Both pointing devices exhibit the same
behavior, and both worked fine before Win 7. Went into device manager
and tried to update drivers for both, aqnd Windows said drivers for both
were up to date.
Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.

But I also wonder what would happen if you disabled one of the mice so that
only one is active. Maybe you're experiencing a hardware conflict between
the two devices.
 
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Char Jackson

You mention the taskbar. Yes, it happens when I hover over a taskbar
icon. But it also happens within windows themselves. I have unexpectedly
closed programs (sometimes losing data) if I get near the red X in the
far upper right of certain windows. I've also deleted e-mails in Outlook
2007 by passing the mouse over the X in the command bar at the top.
I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
not even aware of it.

An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
if they notice the same behavior.
 
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Char Jackson

Hmm. This reminds me of what happens when one accidentally touches the
touchpad. Some touchpads have a setting to help ignore accidental touches,
and in any case, the sensitivity to touch is probably adjustable.
Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.

I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
aware of. :)
 
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Scott

Char said:
I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
not even aware of it.

An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
if they notice the same behavior.
He can also go to mouse properties double-click speed adjustment and
test box.
 
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Bill Bradshaw

I am using a Samsung laptop with a Microsoft 3000 mouse. It does not do
this all the time but just enough to irritate me.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.

I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
aware of. :)
And fun to contemplate. I had an LOL moment...
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I mean no offense, but by chance do you have Parkinson's, tremors, or
any similar affliction that might cause your finger to twitch
uncontrollably? If so, perhaps you're clicking the mouse and you're
not even aware of it.

An easy test is to observe someone else using the same computer to see
if they notice the same behavior.
That is a great suggestion!
 
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chrisv

Jack said:
Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, Folder Options, select
"Double-click to open an item (single-click to select)"
That worked, thanks.
 
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Al Smith

Char said:
Likewise, it reminded me of the old story about the woman who
complained to her company's IT guy that her keyboard was broken. It
was inserting random characters into any document she happened to have
open. They replaced her keyboard, but the problem remained. Finally,
they came out to watch her work and to be there at the exact moment
that the random characters showed up. It turned out that her breasts
were resting on the keyboard whenever she leaned forward.

I don't think that's what's happening here, but it's something to be
aware of. :)
He just has to stop standing up when he leans forward over the
keyboard.

-Al-
 
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Char Jackson

That is a great suggestion!
Thanks. I thought of it because I have an extended family member with
that issue. She says her mouse has a mind of its own, but the rest of
us can see what she's doing even if she can't. Even so, she doesn't
believe us. :)
 
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Char Jackson

He just has to stop standing up when he leans forward over the
keyboard.

-Al-
Not necessarily a bad problem to have, if I'm getting your drift.
 

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