Mouse cursor randomly turns into a big plus sign and does not act like a mouse cursor at all

original title: Cursor behavior
Sometimes, and way to often, my cursor turns into a huge plus sign and does not act like a cursor at all; will not let me select, click, or anything.  Acts as an "edit page" tool.  I cannot figure out why or how it turns into that. 
 

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Last updated November 16, 2019 Views 34,094 Applies to:
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Hi,

 

You may try changing the mouse settings and check if that helps.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Change-mouse-settings

 

Hope the information was helpful

Amrita M

Microsoft Answers Support Engineer

I already replied with e@mail @live.com I didn't give the answer that I figured out myself on that reply, so I guess I will do it here.

It appears that that whole clicking by hovering or accidently clicking somewhere on the perimiters of the screen, causes the cursor to jump to that mode.  I am more careful about the clicking when I didn't intend to and hovering thing. Works so far, as I had already tried the remedy suggested more than once.

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In the Mouse settings, make sure that ClickLock is not turned on.  This feature, if turned on, will cause your mouse cursor to become locked in that mode.
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