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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

    Jun 26, 2011
    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.
  2. Ent

    Ent Trusted Advisor

    Apr 11, 2009
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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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