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Cursor / Mouse loses "Focus" when editing post

CFByrne Jan 8, 2012 05:25 AM

After I've written any new copy in either a new post or reply... (I think especially in a reply)

I cannot simply click anywhere in the text and have my cursor move there.

Nothing happens.

I have to double click on a word - which then gets focus - delete it, and then type in what I wanted.

I am on IE9 on Windows 7 with all latest updates etc. Have seen this for months now.

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  1. Engineering RE: CFByrne Jan 9, 2012 10:17 AM

    Is this bug unique to Chowhound? This sounds like a larger problem with the computer or browser as opposed to with a given website.

    Also, as a potential work-around, do your arrow keys do anything when this happens?

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    1. re: Engineering
      MikeG RE: Engineering Mar 7, 2012 03:13 PM

      This has been happeneing to me since mid-February ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834048 ). It is now, and has been, unique to Chowhound.

      The "workaround" is that the cursor still "exists", it's just not visible. Mouse and keyboard movement commands work, you just don't see the cursor. So you have to constantly highlight and re-highlight some part of the text to see where the cursor is at any given moment. So far it's only happening to me when I edit posts, not when I post them initially, so it's not the end of the world, just an on-going pain in the ass.

      1. re: MikeG
        CFByrne RE: MikeG Mar 7, 2012 05:48 PM

        MikeG, you are right - it took me a long time but I finally realized what you did.

        The cursor is still in position - it's just not visible. You have to take certain odd actions to make it "re-visible".

        1. re: CFByrne
          MikeG RE: CFByrne Mar 8, 2012 02:41 AM

          And now it's happening to me when I try to write posts for the first time, too. Guess I'll have to do all my typing in notepad until this latest bug is shaken out...

      2. re: Engineering
        CFByrne RE: Engineering Mar 7, 2012 05:45 PM

        It still happens to me and it is unique to Chowhound.

        It might be happening to many other folks - who simpy don't know where to post about it.


      3. Engineering RE: CFByrne Mar 8, 2012 11:05 AM

        Since both of you are experiencing this from IE9, this seems like a possible explanation:


        Can you try disabling the Flash plugin and letting us know if that makes any difference?

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        1. re: Engineering
          MikeG RE: Engineering Mar 8, 2012 11:49 AM

          Disabling the add-on seems to be working for the moment, but the problem hasn't been constant for me in the first place, so I can't tell if the fix is permanent. But thanks for figuring this much out, anyway, it was really starting to drive me nuts!

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