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    tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    I remember this problem from way back but can't find the solution again. But when you press the TAB button (by itself) it minimizes the program you're in and maximizes another. Even in Word (like filling in a form) it does the same thing. Minimizes Word. Anyone remember what it is?

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    Re: tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    I think you're thinking of the Alt+Tab combination. This opens a window showing all active applications and you can select the one you want. Alt+Esc toggles you through them.

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    Re: tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    No, I know how to do Alt+Tab. This problem is only when you press the tab key. Instead of tabbing it minimizes the program you're in.

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    Re: tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    Could it be that you have inadvertently set "sticky keys" in the Accessibility Options control panel? Perhaps the Alt key has become "stuck". Sometimes it helps to press Alt to "unlock" it.

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    Re: tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    Do you have any powertoys installed, like TweakUI or anything else that modifies key behavior?
    Charlotte

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    Re: tab button minimizes (Windows/Office)

    Bingo, Hans! I've seen this problem at least a hundred times and always for a different user. The key on the keyboard isn't stuck, Windows is 'stuck' thinking the Alt key is being pressed. Bang on Alt a couple of times and it 'unsticks'... It appears unrelated to 'sticky keys' being enabled because it was a problem in Win95 (pre-'Accessibility Options').

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