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    Stuck Control Key? (Word 2000)

    My daughter called from college last night to say her computer was possessed! She said that when she pressed "r" the text moved to the right and when she typed "f" the find would start. I realize these actions are accomplished by pressing Control and the key, but since she's not holding the control key while typing, what will stop this?

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    Re: Stuck Control Key? (Word 2000)

    I've accomplished this by having a book next to the keyboard pressing on the key...

    I think there might be an accessibility setting that stores a shift, control or alt keypress and combines it with the next keypress. Otherwise, it could be (1) a keyboard gone bad (or sticky), or (2) virus or other malware.

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    Re: Stuck Control Key? (Word 2000)

    If it's not a book pressing the Control key, as Jefferson suggests, try turning the keyboard upside down and (gently) banging it on the table top. You'd be surprised at what might fall out from between the keys. Sometimes compressed air will free the culprit, but usually tapping the keyboard on the desk will release whatever is stuck under the control key.

    Here at work, it is usually old staples or bits of paper that get stuck in the keyboard, but I'd guess that in a college setting, it's more likely pizza crust crumbs, chips or some such embedded amongst the keys. <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17>
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