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    Text entry weirdness

    I was going to post this in the non-outlook email forum, but it happened while entering the below, so I moved over to this forum:

    I don't use email much, so I'm not sure how long this has been going on, but when I reply to an email, I'll be typing along, and all of a sudden, it's like I've hit CNTL-V to paste something from the clipboard. Seems to happen only when I'm typing fairly quickly; I can re

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    da*n! There it goes again - it must be Firefox 15.0, instead of TB... I was going to say: I can repeat the same keystrokes slowly, and it works fine. Anyone know what's causing this?

    Apparently, when I typed the "p" of repeat, it put "re" into the clipboard, pasted "....Modem", then I finished typing repeat. Weird!! Wonder if "Auto Save" is involved???

    EDIT: Sorry, my wysiwyg editor doesn't seem to be working either - the motorola paste should be bold/larger.
    Last edited by cws; 2012-11-15 at 10:23. Reason: correct html

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    OK, never mind. I find that I have a lazy right hand which accidentally hits the 'context menu' key (just left of the Ctrl key). Hitting that, and then typing a "p" is the short cut for "paste". A relatively new keyboard, with no palm rest has contributed to this new problem. Well, at least now I know what's going on, even if I can't prevent it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cws View Post
    OK, never mind. I find that I have a lazy right hand which accidentally hits the 'context menu' key (just left of the Ctrl key). Hitting that, and then typing a "p" is the short cut for "paste". A relatively new keyboard, with no palm rest has contributed to this new problem. Well, at least now I know what's going on, even if I can't prevent it.
    Your story inspired me finally to solve my own little fat-finger mystery. The culprit turned out to be Ctrl+Shift. Hitting that key combination inadvertently has two effects: it changes the keyboard layout, and it turns the air blue. Anyway, I'm happy that you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iTobaman View Post
    Your story inspired me finally to solve my own little fat-finger mystery. The culprit turned out to be Ctrl+Shift. Hitting that key combination inadvertently has two effects: it changes the keyboard layout, and it turns the air blue. Anyway, I'm happy that you posted.
    Turns the air blue, eh? LOL. Thanks for the reply, and glad I could help. My next step is to find out how to castrate that little context menu key, since a right-click does the same thing! ;-) I love solving these little mysteries.

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    The solution, in my case, was a free program called Sharpkeys 3.5. I don't know if it would work for the Ctrl+Shift problem, though. It works great for disabling, or remapping, one key. I also tried another one called Mapkeyboard. It would not write to the registry - I think because I don't have .NET 2. I do have .NET 4, which is required for Sharpkeys. Now, I can get back to my sloppy typing chores! ;-)

    NOTE TO MODERATOR: This thread probably should be moved to the General Windows forum.
    Last edited by cws; 2012-11-16 at 21:24. Reason: add note to mods

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