One False Keystroke
December 26, 2013 9:07 PM Subscribe
What am I doing that makes my computer suddenly read all inputs as though the Shift key were pressed, and how do I make it stop?
posted by koucha to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I'm using a Clevo P150HM laptop running Windows 7. When I am typing a lot and switching between multiple tabs/programs I more and more frequently find myself in a state where everything I type is suddenly being read by my computer as commands with the Shift button pressed.
-Browser tabs (Chrome and Firefox) won't focus without a lot of mouse clicking and will develop a (*) next to the title
-Typing words will make pages open in other tabs, side bars and dialogue boxes open, words of already typed text disappear, open undesired windows/tabs, make page elements resize themselves in crazy ways, etc.
-Typing normally in/accessing other programs (ex. Steam, MS Word) becomes impossible
When this happens, the only thing that alleviates the situation is restarting my computer. Doing so, however, is time consuming and inconvenient. Occasionally I am able to successfully reverse the behavior when I notice it happen by repeated hitting Ctrl + Z, but frequently this does not work.
I have ruled out:
-My keyboard keys actually being stuck/sticky/dirty
-Keyboard drivers being out of date
-A missing critical update to a browser
It would alternately be helpful to know what key combination was causing the behavior so I could reverse it somehow when things start going wrong... I just don't know what it is.
Is this familiar to anyone? Googling effectively for it has been difficult. Thank you in advance for any help you may be able to offer.