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Having Various Issues With Viewing Menus and Typing

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by shinco, Jun 26, 2011.

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  1. shinco

    shinco Thread Starter

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    I've been having several issues with my computer over the past week or so, mostly in the way of opening folders and menus. The following is a detailed listing of the issues I've been experiencing:

    1. When I open the start menu and move my cursor over the "Recent Items" button or the bottom right arrow that opens up a menu for restarting, logging off, shutting down, etc. the start menu automatically closes.

    2. On my desktop, I have my account folder. When I began noticing the problem, when I double clicked the folder the properties appeared instead of the folder opening. Now when I double click it, an error message comes up that says, "The properties for this item are not available." Any other folder I try to open up this way makes the properties appear (save for the left side drop-down menu when exploring folders). Also, if I try double clicking on programs and/or applications, nothing happens save for a swirly loading cursor appearing beside my mouse which disappears in less than a second with nothing else happening.

    3. Any time I try to type in my word processor, various keys cause menus to pop up ("W" makes the "Window" menu drop down, "H" makes the "Help" mnenu drop down, etc.). If I try to save a file by typing in its name, no letters appear.

    4. Right clicking either doesn't work or causes a menu to come up for a split second and then disappear. This happens no matter where I right click.

    5. I noticed yesterday that when I loaded up iTunes, it wouldn't let me close it.

    When all this started, I could turn my computer off for a little while and turn it back on and everything seemed fine. After that, the error message I mentioned would pop up when I double clicked on my account folder on my desktop. My computer will either experience these issues or be fine. It fluctuates between working fine and having issues, and I don't know why or what it means.
     
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    It sounds to me like your Alt button is broken, so as to be always pressed. If you have a tower desktop, try disconnecting the keyboard and see whether the problem disappears. Obviously if that is the case you'll need a new keyboard; it's kind of hard to use a computer without one.
     
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