The present study shows that inhibition-of-return reduces competition for selection within the oculomotor system. We examined the effect of a distractor when it was presented at an inhibited location (IOR). The results show that due to IOR distractors cause less interference. This was evident in all three measures. First, there was less oculomotor capture when a distractor was presented at an inhibited location. Second, the saccade latency to the target was shorter when a distractor appeared at an inhibited location than when it appeared at a non-inhibited location. Third, there was less curvature towards the distractor when it was presented at inhibited location relative to a non-inhibited location. The observation that there is less interference for a distractor presented at an inhibited location suggests that IOR reduces the exogenous activation of the distractor within the saccade map. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.