Google Cursor Skipping When Searching

Aug 30, 2011 • 8:37 am | comments (7) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Cursor Bug FocusThere are several reports of new bugs with the Google Search box and the cursor focus issues at Google Web Search Help.

The issue is, that when you start typing a word and then move the cursor to the beginning or middle of the word to refine your query, then the cursor will jump to the end as you are typing. In short, Google is moving your letters from where you want them to go to another position.

I have not been able to replicate it but here are a couple explanations from frustrated searchers:

Search "testing" Results show up Go back to search box, type more text in the middle of the word. After a few seconds, the cursor moves to the end, and any text you type will be appended to the end of the word, not the middle where I put the accursed cursor :(

This is realllllly annoying because I do a lot of searches, and often refine or modify them quickly. This only started happening today or yesterday, is there a fix?

I searched for "hello", the results page loaded, then I put the cursor in the middle of the word and started to type "testing". But after "testi", the cursor decided to move to the end, and the "ng" part of the word is misplaced.

This user shared a pretty bad screen shot over over here but what I'd love to see is this happening in real time, a screen cast.

This may or may not be related to the Google cursor box not focusing issue from earlier this week.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Tom Bates

08/31/2011 12:05 am

Google is beating the CRAP out of websites left and right for "CONTROL" and TO control the out come of a search result, and NOW they are trying to CONTROL the end user....... Whats next..... Maybe Google can make my mortgage payment too.....

Tom Bates

08/31/2011 12:06 am

This is control at its finest..... THE SE's are to deliver the most relevant results based on what WE search.... Does Google think they are now able to THINK for us??? Maybe they can.....


08/31/2011 12:59 am

Hi, I'm the one who made one of those posts. There's more complaints (and a much better description than mine) here: and a video (not mine) showing the problem at It's odd that you can't replicate the issue, I wonder if it's something that only affects certain operating systems, or something that's localized. Hmm =/

Spy Report Editor

08/31/2011 02:23 am

Here's a screencast of the bug from me: I'm using Firefox 6 and have instant search turned off. It doesn't occur on every occasion - when taking this screencast, the bug did not occur the first time around - but I'd say that I encounter it on about three-quarters of all searches.


08/31/2011 06:57 pm

Yes, VERY annoying problem. A lot of noise about it too, so hopefully google will realize it soon.


10/02/2011 10:51 am

driving me up the wall


11/26/2011 04:21 pm

I had the same issue and turned on Compatibility View in the Tools menu. Then you have to go to Tools Compatability View Settings and add Yahoo or any other website you are having problems with.

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