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Old 19th October 2010   #1
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Why does cursor randomly disappear w/ Yahoo mail?


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Could you be a whole lot more specific please.

Tell us about when the cursor is there there and when it leaves you. What steps do you do to get it back.

Control Panel->Mouse has an option to "Hide While Typing" but I'm guessing you've already looked there...

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Was it Forrest Gump who said, "Clever is as clever does"?
Sometimes I'm an idiot.
You seem to have nailed it, Steve.
Isn't it nice when problems are solved so easily?
Thx Steve.

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I was wrong, that didn't solve it. The cursor's gone again. I go into Yahoo mail and sometimes the cursor is there and other times it's not. Not much else I can say.
Hide pointer while typing is unticked.

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What happens if you click in the body of a new mail and start typing? Do the letters you type show up?

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I believe it has to do with Yahoo code. There's probably a javascript to "hide cursor" that fires when composing or replying. On my Firefox, when composing, I can tab into the message box and the blinking cursor is visible. But as soon as I type it's gone and most of the time it never returns. Makes it hard to know where I will be typing next, esp when I want to edit what I've typed, I can't see where the focus is.

It's also a problem with how some versions of Firefox handle scripted textareas. The F7 key will put back the cursor. We are not alone.


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Steve, Yes, I get what I type, but like Tony is saying, I don't see a cursor. No way to know where I'll type next (when editing).


Tony, It's just as you described.
It never happens here, or anywhere else - only when in Yahoo email. And it never happened until I went to Win 7.

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And it never happened until I went to Win 7.
It happens on my Linux with FF version 3.6.9, XP & Win7 too.
Does F7 bring it back?

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It happens on my Linux with FF version 3.6.9, XP & Win7 too.
Does F7 bring it back?
Yes, it does Tony.
I'm so glad you mentioned this.
Now I have to remember to do it ea time.
What is this message about turning Caret Browsing on/off mean?

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That didn't tell me much, but thx anyway Tony. I was expecting something more complicated.

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That didn't tell me much, but thx anyway Tony. I was expecting something more complicated.
Seems pretty clear and to the point to me. What exactly on that page don't you understand?

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In computing, caret navigation is a kind of keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as "text cursor", "text insertion cursor", or "text selection cursor") is used to navigate within a text document. It is a fundamental feature for applications that deal with text, for example text editors (the most famous examples: Emacs and Vim), word processors and desktop publishing programs.

This kind of navigation is also supported by some web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, where it is referred to as "caret browsing".
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In computing, a cursor is an indicator used to show the position on a computer monitor or other display device that will respond to input from a text input or pointing device. The flashing text cursor may be referred to as a caret in some cases. This term came about from older Unix systems that used the caret symbol as a text insertion indicator. The mouse cursor may be referred to as a mouse pointer, owing to its arrow shape on some systems.
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Caret (pronounced /ˈkærət/) usually refers to the spacing symbol ^ in ASCII and other character sets.

A caret can also be called a wedge, up-arrow, hat, control character, or chevron.

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No, no. Not that I didn't understand it. Yes, it was clear. I was just expecting something more - that's all.
I'm any event I've been using the F-7 key since you suggested it and it's done the trick.
Thx Tony.

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All of a sudden the F-7 key has no effect on the cursor. The cursor is either there or not. Pressing F-7 does nothing.
What's up w/ this?


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