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'Tab' key not working anymore....

Discussion in 'Software' started by dlb, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    Win7 X64 Home Premium - up until about 3 or 4 days ago, my 'Tab' key worked fine on my USB keyboard. For example- when I log in to my email, I'd type my account name, hit 'Tab', and type in the password. Now when I hit 'Tab', the cursor does not jump down to the next box, the cursor simply goes away and the open Firefox window is 'deactivated' and I have to click in the password box to type it in.... weird. I tried a different USB keyboard, and I even powered down and tried a PS2 keyboard, the same thing happens with those so I know it isn't a keyboard issue, it's a Windows issue. Somehow the programming for the 'Tab' key has gone out of whack. The only thing different I've done lately was to install a few different video converters (I had about 50 Roadrunner and Wile-E Coyote cartoons to transcode LOL ) until I found one to suit my needs. I don't think a video converter would knock out my 'Tab' key, but who knows.... any thoughts, suggestions, advice, or input will be appreciated.
    THANKS!

    [dlb]
     
  2. brandypeppy

    brandypeppy MajorGeek

    Just curious Dlb, does the tab key work in notepad or a word document?

    Is it possible some change could have been made to the keyboard in the Ease of Access in control panel, (I believe that's what is called in W7)? Though I wouldn't know how to change the tab key, just a spot to poke around.

    And here's something about a program called Sharp Keys, though I have never used it and cannot attest to its integrity;
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/map-any-key-to-any-key-on-windows-xp-vista/:wave:wave
     
  3. plastidust

    plastidust Command Sergeant Major

    Are you sure it's a Windows issue and not a Firefox issue? Got any add-ons that might cause this? Maybe try the Firefox safe mode routine.
     
  4. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    Good ideas! Thanks! I'm still at work for the next 2 hours or so, but when I get home, I'll try this stuff and we'll what happens....
    ;)
     
  5. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    OK- I'm at home now.... I've tried using the 'Tab' key in Opera, IE, Word2003, Firefox, WordPad.... it does the exact same thing regardless of the program: the cursor disappears and the active window is 'deactivated'. This doesn't mean the window is closed, but it's 'turned off' the same way it would be if you were to single click somewhere outside the borders of the open window; a single click inside the window re-activates it.... it's just really weird that my 'Tab' key has been deprogrammed....
    :(
     
  6. plastidust

    plastidust Command Sergeant Major

    Seems more like it's been reprogrammed. What happens it you hit the Tab several times? Say if you have more than one window open, does it deactivate the one you're in and activate the next one?
     
  7. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    Nothing happens - it deactivates the top window, and that's it. The other open windows do not come to the 'top' as the active window. The top open active window is simply deactivated but it stays on top.....
    :confused :confused :confused
     
  8. plastidust

    plastidust Command Sergeant Major

    I'm just guessing at things dlb, but I've mine set up so the active window doesn't necessarily have to be on top. But I'm not running Win7 either. What ever window the mouse cursor is sitting in is the active window but it doesn't become the top window unless I've clicked on it somewhere. Tweek UI. The "Tab" key doesn't affect anything though.
     
  9. brandypeppy

    brandypeppy MajorGeek

    That is very strange, but I've been running into a number of "strange" issues with W7.

    I'd consider a system restore to a time b/4 this problem. I have solved a number of W7 issues with this.

    Just love these new OS's!:wave:wave
     
  10. collinsl

    collinsl MajorGeek

    What happens if you alt-tab into another program? Does this still work?
     
  11. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    Yeah- Alt+Tab works just fine, does exactly what it should.... I'm trying to avoid a system restore 'cuz I've had very inconsistent results from using system restore in the past. Sometimes it works perfect and solves the problem, other times it does not solve the problem and it creates 2 or 3 new ones....

    Thanks for the help so far! Let's try to get this sorted out! :-D
     
  12. collinsl

    collinsl MajorGeek

    Try changing your keyboard layout to a different one using the location dialogue in Control Panel. Then change it back straight away.
     
  13. brandypeppy

    brandypeppy MajorGeek

    That's a great idea! I can't tell you how many things on the computer I've fixed just by turning it off, then back on. Makes me look smart when I haven't got the fogiest idea as to why that worked!:)
     
  14. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    Yeah- I'll try it right now!
     
  15. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    UPDATE-
    :dancer :hyper :dood :celebrate IT WORKED!!!!
    I went to the keyboard settings, and didn't see anything that looked helpful, but I saw a setting where I could change the country I was in. So I selected the United Kingdom and clicked "Apply". Then I selected Togo, and clicked "Apply". Then I selected a country I have never heard of -I don't remember the name- and clicked "Apply". Then I selected the good ol' U S of A and clicked "Apply". It worked! You don't know how handy the "Tab" key is until it isn't working right.

    THANK YOU COLLINSL!!! I never would have thought of this "fix"!!! You rock!! :dood
     
  16. collinsl

    collinsl MajorGeek

    Glad I could help you. :)

    Sometimes purging Windows settings by changing values to something else and then back again is all it takes to fix a corrupted keymap.
     
  17. dlb

    dlb MajorGeek

    :cry :banghead

    It's back to not working again!!!! I tried the same 'fix' I tried before, and no dice. I know I can try a System Restore, but I'm not going to. I've had much inconsistency with System Restore over the years and I'm not going to take the risk. I think I'll live with problem for now.... hopefully a more permanent fix can be found.... hmmmm.... I just thought of something..... maybe I can remove the keyboard via the Device Manager, and then reboot w/o the keyboard plugged in, then plug it in once the desktop loads up.....
     
  18. collinsl

    collinsl MajorGeek

    Sounds like Windows may be corrupted. A sys restore might be the only easy way of fixing it, that or a format and reinstall.
     
  19. brandypeppy

    brandypeppy MajorGeek

    Sorry to hear.

    Another possible solution;

    [​IMG]:-D:-D:-D
     
  20. plodr

    plodr Major Geek Super Extraordinaire

    How about sfc /scannow ?
     

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