hide pointer when typing

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14 Dec, 2021 01:42 AM

The scenario: I want to edit the title of a transaction. I double-click the title. The title highlights, and the mouse pointer changes to an insertion symbol. Then I start typing to replace the transaction.

What happens: The insertion symbol remains visible, obscuring the text I'm trying to type.

What I expected to happen: The insertion symbol disappears, and only reappears when I move the mouse again. (That's how other Mac apps work.)

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Maddy on 14 Dec, 2021 01:12 PM

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    Hi Arlo,
    Thank you for contacting Moneydance support.

    Which version and build of Moneydance are you using?
    To check, open Moneydance and select Moneydance --> About Moneydance

    Would it be possible to see a screenshot of the issue?
    You can read instructions for taking a screenshot here:

    Thank you

    Maddy, Infinite Kind Support

  2. 2 Posted by arlo on 14 Dec, 2021 06:28 PM

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    This is version 2021.1 (3069). I've been using the app for years and I think the problem has always been there.

    macOS doesn't include the pointer in screen shots, but I took a couple photos. The first shows the transaction after double-clicking the memo to edit it; the second shows it after I've typed replacement text. In other Mac apps, the pointer would still be visible at that first step, but would hide when I start typing so it doesn't obscure what I'm typing.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Maddy on 15 Dec, 2021 09:29 AM

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    Thank you for the additional information, Arlo!

    Since you are entitled to a free upgrade to Moneydance 2022, I would recommend downloading and installing Moneydance 2022.3 (4063) as this should improve the issue you are seeing.

    Please keep us posted on your progress, Thank you!

    Maddy, Infinite Kind Support

  4. System closed this discussion on 16 Mar, 2022 09:30 AM.

  5. arlo re-opened this discussion on 06 Jun, 2022 07:23 PM

  6. 4 Posted by arlo on 06 Jun, 2022 07:23 PM

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    I finally updated to the current version, 2022.4 (4087), and the pointer
    blocking the text entry issue is the same as I described before. I hope
    your team can look into it.


  7. 5 Posted by jeff_l on 06 Jun, 2022 07:54 PM

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    Just an observation.... What you describe seems to vary between Mac programs.

    For example, the insertion symbol disappears in MacOS Numbers, but doesn't in Excel.

    If you use your mouse to enter a field to change it in MD, yes the insertion symbol gets in the way, but if you TAB round the entries, say starting at date it doesn't. I've not really noticed it before as I'm a TAB user!

    fellow Mac User

  8. 6 Posted by arlo on 06 Jun, 2022 09:26 PM

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    You're right about Excel, but I've never noticed this in other apps.
    Apple's own apps are typically the best benchmark for UI details like
    this. I just checked Safari and Xcode and you checked Numbers, and they
    all hide the cursor when typing begins.

    When I download and import transactions from my bank, the dates are
    correct, but I usually need to edit the names and categories. So I
    double-click the name field and start typing. I could double-click the
    date field instead and tab to the name field, but that would add an
    unnecessary step to my workflow, similar to what I'm doing now, moving
    my hand back to the mouse to wave the pointer out of the way repeatedly.

    I hope MoneyDance can eliminate the need for either workaround by
    adopting this Mac convention.


  9. 7 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 06 Jun, 2022 09:39 PM

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    Does this happen with all MD Themes?

  10. 8 Posted by arlo on 06 Jun, 2022 11:00 PM

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    I didn't even know MoneyDance had themes. I'm using the Default theme
    and have never changed it.

  11. 9 Posted by Stuart Beesley ... on 07 Jun, 2022 04:58 AM

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    Yes, that's my point.... Pls try an alternative theme just as a test to see if your issue remains or changes... Menu/Moneydance/Preferences/Appearance/Themes

  12. 10 Posted by arlo on 07 Jun, 2022 05:44 PM

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    I just tried two other themes and the problem was the same.

  13. System closed this discussion on 06 Sep, 2022 05:50 PM.

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