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    Strange Key behaviour

    I have a Toshiba Portege 4000 laptop running Windows 2000 SP2. Periodically I get problems where which ever application I am working in at the time thinks that either the CTL key or the SHIFT keys or sometimes the ALT key is depressed.

    A good example of this was the other day with Excel 2000. Even though I was not using/depressing the CTL key, on clicking in the workbook cells, the cells were acting like I had the CTL key down and multi selecting whichever cells I clicked in. I am aware of the Accessibility options for keyboards and therefore have all keyboard options unchecked, this has made no difference.

    The problem is also prevalent if I connect an external keyboard. I have browsed the web and found some relevant articles intimating there maybe a problem with keys in the bottom left hand corner in Windows 2000 but no details of a fix.

    Has anyone come across a similar problem? If so, did you manage to find a fix for the problem? Again if so what was it?

    All help much appreciated.


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    John

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    Re: Strange Key behaviour

    Cleaning the keyboard thoroughly with strong vacuum cleaner is usually suggested as the solution. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> (Watch the rubber cover on your pointing stick!) There are some utilities that can make keys behave as though they are sticky, and a laptop seems as good a place as any to have one. Can you tell if anything like that is running? For example, it might be turned on by holding the key for a while.

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    Re: Strange Key behaviour

    Thank you for you reply.

    There is definetely nothing set, or any third party utilities installed. I tried your suggestion and this unfortunately made no difference. Back to Square one.

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