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    Misbehaving shift key

    I have windows XP running and the shift key has decided to misbehave. It works when I need to capitalize letters (eg XAFS) but it doesn't work when I want to select a range of items (eg emails in outlook) or when I want to run macros in excel (eg hotkey is Ctrl+Shift+U).

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    Re: Misbehaving shift key

    1. <LI>Use the other Shift key<LI>Try a different keyboard
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    Re: Misbehaving shift key

    Thx John but ... It doesn't matter which shift key I use and I am using a laptop with a built in keyboard.

    I don't think it is hardware related (ie message not getting thru), rather I think it is software related (ignoring Shift when I select items).
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    Re: Misbehaving shift key

    Make sure that the "Nums Lock" key is OFF?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Misbehaving shift key

    Ah -- you never said it was a laptop! Since the "other" Shift key doesn't give sensible answers, it can't be a problem with the "usual" Shift key. Can you plug an ordinary keyboard into the back, to assist in the diagnosis?

    Laptops have their own peculiarities, as Dave has indicated!

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    Re: Misbehaving shift key

    Most humble apologies for my previous short answer. It turned out to be the left side of my left shift key that has decided to stop working. It just happens that that is where I seem to press the shift key when I am selecting things. I was funny yesterday, sometimes the shift key did work and some times it didn't. You should have seen my face when I found what was causing the funny behaviour.

    I've given the errant key a very stern talking to - will just have to see if that works.
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