I’ve been using computers for 35 years and pride myself on being able to solve most problems. But not this one! This is a real stumper for me. Here's hoping you're better!
I got a new Win7 laptop last October. A few months later, a weirdness appeared. It’s the worst kind: totally non-reproducible, random, and inconsistent. Here’s my best description:
While typing (in any application), suddenly the window I’m in loses focus. It “grays out” – but nothing replaces it! No window has focus. (At least, none that I can see.)
I somehow stumbled upon Alt-ESC (which I believe tells Windows to push the current window to the rear). Pressing that restores focus so I can continue typing. I’ve pressed Alt-ESC at least ten times just typing this far in this post.
Alt-TAB does not bring focus back. Instead, it goes to the previous window; it takes 2 Alt-TABs to get back to where I was typing.
I’ve stared at Process Explorer for hours it seems, but see nothing eating CPU cycles when this occurs. (Although there are many processes about which I have no clue.)
How can I learn what the current (mystery) window is? How can I stop this? While a fix would be lovely, I also want to know how I should have solves this myself!
Thanks in advance,
AL, the newly crowned "Mr. Alt-TAB"