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firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

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firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

windows xp sp3 Cursor is no more following smoothly with mouse movement, it stops and jumps all the time. Feel this annoying and would like to disable the feature but it cannot be found nowhere in tools-options. It just came with update to version 18.0

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Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Hello jorma, try to Turn off hardware acceleration, and check it again.

thank you

New Contributor

Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Thank you for your fast reply. I alreade tried to uncheck the hw acceleration, unfortunately that did not help. Cursor still having bad behaviour in Firefox window. And only there.

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Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Check it in Safe Mode, in Safe Mode window select "Start in Safe Mode" and see if this happen again, if not then see: Troubleshoot extensions, themes and hardware acceleration issues to solve common Firefox problems

(If the problem does not happen in Safe Mode, it is most likely because of an extension, theme or hardware acceleration, hardware acceleration not in your issue, like you said).


thanks again

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Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

You may have switched on caret browsing.

You can press press F7 (on Mac: fn + F7) to toggle caret browsing on/off.

  • Tools > Options > Advanced : General: Accessibility: [ ] "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages"

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Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

It was not "caret browsing" either. Tried to check-uncheck with no change in cursor behaviour. Safe mode corrected this finally. So I went back to normal mode and tried to drop off add-ons one by one. It was none of them. It has to be some setting in Firefox itself but how to find it? Or do i need to reset the software?

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Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Try to disable hardware acceleration in Firefox.

New Contributor

Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Please read from the beginning, disabling hw acceleration was the first suggestion.

Site Moderator

Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

Try to increase the value of the general.smoothScroll.mouseWheel.durationMaxMS pref on the about:config page a higher value like 1000 to see if that makes a difference with smooth scrolling enabled.

New Contributor

Re: firefox 18.0 got a new feature: cursor jumping from link to link, how to disable this?

It wasnt that either. There was 400, i changed it to 1000 but that didnt help. Actually, the problem is not in scrolling, its in mouse movent across a web page. The cursor is "sticking" in links and jumping from link to link. There is no problem with web pages not containing links.