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    Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    Hello,

    I just had a strange experience where every post to the lounge suddenly showed up in italic. I was beginning to think the lounge had always been that way but then I noticed that Times Roman on my customized about:blank page had been replaced with another font and also the default font in Thumbsplus had gone italic. I'm just wondering what could have caused this? I rebooted and everything seems to be back to normal. My concern is whether it could be the side effects of some virus or some XP quirk I've never run into before.

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    I've never seen this particular problem, but Windows XP does have its share of little glitches. At least once a week, my keyboard layout changes spontaneously, usually just within one application. I've never been able to find an explanation. My PC is meticulously kept free of viruses, spyware etc., so that cannot be behind it. It's just one of those things... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    Hans, what's your remedy... reboot and all becomes right with the world again? (for at least a week...)
    Just wonderin'
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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    The occasional spontaneous change in keyboard layout usually occurs within a single application - for me, at least. Quitting and restarting the application is sufficient to restore sanity.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    > Quitting and restarting the application is sufficient to restore sanity.
    Not in my case.

    It seems to occur after I have spent 2 minutes keying text into a Word document or Thunderbird email, and since I'm not staring at the screen, my text is littered with graves and acutes.
    This has loomed since I re-installed Windows XP/SP2 on my laptop a week ago.

    Restarting the application solves the immediate problem, but it consumes an inordinate amount of time.
    This morning I reinstalled keyboard drivers, with no improvement.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    Shortly after the earlier posts in this thread, I installed Internet Explorer 7, and this appears to have solved the problem. I haven't experienced this sudden keyboard layout change for at least three months now.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    Nothing like computers, is there? Odd glitch.

    In my case I sometimes/often use the shortcuts in different Office programs, such as CTRL+SEMICOLON for current date, and CTRL+SHIFT+ SEMICOLON for current time (or the equivalent, to reach semicolon on Swe-keyboard I will need to press shift).

    In a standard installation Swedish Windows XP has the Language Bar enabled for Swedish/English.

    Anyhow, sometimes when I get really speeded, I by mistake press ALT+SHIFT, thus invoking the "quick-key" feature to change language.

    Tnen of course the keyboard layout is changed ... Since not using it, instead of changing/disabling quick-keys, I have disabled the Language Bar.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    > installed Internet Explorer 7
    Thanks. I have instaleld and will see what (doesn't) happen.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    > I have disabled the Language Bar.
    In a most un-scientific manner, I disabled the language bar while installing IE7, thereby changing two variables at once.
    If my keyboard mappings don't screw up, all we will know is that my standards as a scientist are slipping further .....

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    "In a most un-scientific manner /.../ my standards as a scientist are slipping further ....."
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    And wonder the rest of your life, what it was that fixed it.

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    Re: Fonts suddenly changed (XP Pro SP2)

    > And wonder the rest of your life, what it was that fixed it.
    Well, actually, now it appears to be fixed, I'm about due for a bad case of the I-hope-it-comes-back-so-I-can-solve-it-properlys.

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