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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by mterry, Jan 26, 2010.

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  1. mterry

    mterry Thread Starter

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    i hit a button (or combination of them) and now when myy caps lock is on_i can only type lower case< with it off< i can only type upper> i can not type a period without getting a right bracket> if i click anywhere on my screen with the mouse< all text and images up to that point are selected>

    if i use the back arrow< all text is selected from where the cursor was to whereever i move it to and i can not unselect the text or change the area selected except to make it bigger>

    sorry for the lousy grammer< but my keyboard is messed up> how did i turn this on and more importantly how do i get it back to normal without having to reboot?

    tia,
    Marge

    Odd, whatever happened suddenly went away. But it has happened numerous times and I know it will again in the near future.
     
  2. etaf

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    sounds like one of the shift keys are stuck down
    If you mean this symbol > then look for a sticky shift key
     
  3. mterry

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    I just cleaned out the keyboard, but I don;t think that was the problem. My husband runs across the same issue with the mouse selecting stuff and no way to stop the selection. I have never seeen the sticky key popup window until I went looking for it today.
     
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    it wont come up with a sticky window - that usually only happens when you press a key quickly and repeatedly 5 times or more

    the selection is an option in the mouse settings - what type of mouse ?
    if a laptop touch pad - then look at the settings for the selection ....
     
  5. mterry

    mterry Thread Starter

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    It's a wireless optical mouse...on a laptop. I have a mac that this happens to as well on occasion.
     
  6. Chipzzz

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    A friend of mine called Sunday with exactly that problem. Rebooting cured it but I don't know whether it has returned since we last spoke. I am suspicious of a virus.
     
  7. mterry

    mterry Thread Starter

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    Rebooting does seem to resolve the problem, but it comes back. This has been an ongoing issue for several months. Yesterday the problem went away on its own (?) after a couple minutes.
     
  8. Chipzzz

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    Have you checked in device manager to make sure you have no resource conflicts?
     
  9. mterry

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    I'll have to check on that next time it happens. Though nothing is being attached/detached when it happens..I'll just be typing along and all of a sudden everything's hosed.
     
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