[QW26] Solve ‘cursor freeze’ in < 1 minute!

by | Jun 18, 2023

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It’s late afternoon on Tuesday, and your cursor just froze on your computer screen.
At first, you thought it was the kids getting home from school.
They jumped on the ‘Net and slowed everything down, right?
Oh. Wait a minute … school’s out for the summer!
Your cursor is ‘frozen’, and nothing you key appears on the screen. Sorta like that Stargate – SG1 episode where Carter was working so fast, she outran the buffer. But you aren’t Carter. (Right?) 


[QW26] Solve ‘cursor freeze’ in < 1 minute!

I’m embarrassed to admit it took me a long time to figure out the almost-always-works solution to this problem.
Here’s the deal:
Remember last November’s article, where  I shared an update on using CTRL+ALT+DEL? All the nice, new things we can do from that menu to make our computing lives easier?
Turns out there’s one simple thing that isn’t on the menu.
We can usually force a cursor back to work (no more lagging) by:
  • Accessing the CTRL+ALT+DEL menu.
  • Clicking the ‘Cancel’ button without going into a menu item.

Yep. That’s it.

You will probably be back in business when you close (‘Cancel’) the menu.

Easy peasy. Try it, and come back to leave a Comment. Let us know how it went!


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  1. Norman Phelps

    Hi Kathie,
    Thanks for the tip. I’ve used the Ctr-Alt-Del function for many, many years. It has cleared up other computer issues along the way. Frozen browsers seems to be the most common for me.
    Have a great day and thanks for all your great work.


    • Kathie York

      You’re welcome, Norm!

      It certainly is a helpful little bugger, “ain’t” it?!
      If you catch my reply, I’d love to have you share another way CTRL+ALT+DEL has gotten you out of a jam (or two :->).


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