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Bizarre-Capital 'H' re-assigned

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by isaacc, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. isaacc

    isaacc Flightless Bird

    I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any application. It
    is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    Windows Explorer open.

    Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    where individual key assignments can be made.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 4/4/2010 4:07 PM, isaacc wrote:
    >
    > I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    > has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    > of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    > I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens while using any application. It
    > is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    > Windows Explorer open.
    >
    > Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    > malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    > where individual key assignments can be made.
    >
    > Thanks.


    I'd try another keyboard first. Most likely cause.
     
  3. isaacc

    isaacc Flightless Bird

    I appreciate the effort in responsing but I'm not sure how your advice makes
    any sesne. In any other application the keyboard correctly generates a
    capital 'H'. Only when Windows Explorer is open is the capital 'H'
    intercepted and sends the focus to Windows Explorer.

    "Bob CP" wrote:

    > On 4/4/2010 4:07 PM, isaacc wrote:
    > >
    > > I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    > > has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    > > of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    > > I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens while using any application. It
    > > is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    > > Windows Explorer open.
    > >
    > > Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    > > malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    > > where individual key assignments can be made.
    > >
    > > Thanks.

    >
    > I'd try another keyboard first. Most likely cause.
    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA Flightless Bird

    isaacc wrote:

    >I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    >has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    >of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    >I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any application. It
    >is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    >Windows Explorer open.
    >
    >Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    >malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    >where individual key assignments can be made.
    >
    >Thanks.
    >
    >

    It is very unlikely but you can always check it out by reformatting your
    HD and re-installing the OS from scratch. This ensures there is no
    malware and if everything works as it should then no complain otherwise
    faulty keyboard! This is called systematic approach to problem solving
    rather than doing it on trial and error basis using Pig-Bear's approach
    who will ask you to scan your system with almost all the anti-virus
    programs and anti-spyware .programs. You can look at his solutions on
    these newsgroups.

    hth


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  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Is one of your ALT keys or perhaps the Fn (Function) key sticking (if it's a
    laptop)?

    Have you tried a different keyboard or...?


    isaacc wrote:
    > I appreciate the effort in responsing but I'm not sure how your advice
    > makes
    > any sesne. In any other application the keyboard correctly generates a
    > capital 'H'. Only when Windows Explorer is open is the capital 'H'
    > intercepted and sends the focus to Windows Explorer.
    >
    > "Bob CP" wrote:
    >
    >> On 4/4/2010 4:07 PM, isaacc wrote:
    >>>
    >>> I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital
    >>> 'H' has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an
    >>> instance of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example
    >>> and suddenly I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens while using any
    >>> application. It is most annoying to have to remember always whether I
    >>> have an instance of Windows Explorer open.
    >>>
    >>> Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by
    >>> some malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I
    >>> don't
    >>> see where individual key assignments can be made.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks.

    >>
    >> I'd try another keyboard first. Most likely cause.
     
  6. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "isaacc" <isaacc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EECD8318-A87F-47A3-828D-D5FC8B5D3586@microsoft.com...
    >
    > I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up.
    > Capital 'H'
    > has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an
    > instance
    > of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and
    > suddenly
    > I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any
    > application. It
    > is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance
    > of
    > Windows Explorer open.
    >
    > Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by
    > some
    > malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't
    > see
    > where individual key assignments can be made.
    >
    > Thanks.


    Capital H means you are using Shift+H to type the capital.
    You may have a keyboard shortcut set up (with or without your knowledge)
    to do this, that uses Shift+H, perhaps in combination with the Ctrl key
    (like Ctrl+Shift+H) and the Ctrl key is electronically stuck. First
    thing to try (with all programs closed) is to repeatedly tap the Ctrl
    keys and then the Alt keys and then the Shift keys, as this will
    sometimes "unstick" them temporarily, as will a reboot.

    Install and run this little free utility:
    Shortcuts Map - manage hotkeys assigned to Windows shortcuts
    http://www.zealsoft.com/shortcuts/

    Look through the keyboard shortcuts it lists on your system, and see if
    any include the H key or the Shift+H combination.

    Post back with what you find.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     
  7. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "glee" <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:-OH6LInQ1KHA.5972@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > "isaacc" <isaacc@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EECD8318-A87F-47A3-828D-D5FC8B5D3586@microsoft.com...
    >>
    >> I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital
    >> 'H'
    >> has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an
    >> instance
    >> of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and
    >> suddenly
    >> I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any application.
    >> It
    >> is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    >> Windows Explorer open.
    >>
    >> Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by
    >> some
    >> malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    >> where individual key assignments can be made.
    >>
    >> Thanks.

    >
    > Capital H means you are using Shift+H to type the capital.
    > You may have a keyboard shortcut set up (with or without your knowledge)
    > to do this, that uses Shift+H, perhaps in combination with the Ctrl key
    > (like Ctrl+Shift+H) and the Ctrl key is electronically stuck. First thing
    > to try (with all programs closed) is to repeatedly tap the Ctrl keys and
    > then the Alt keys and then the Shift keys, as this will sometimes
    > "unstick" them temporarily, as will a reboot.
    >
    > Install and run this little free utility:
    > Shortcuts Map - manage hotkeys assigned to Windows shortcuts
    > http://www.zealsoft.com/shortcuts/
    >
    > Look through the keyboard shortcuts it lists on your system, and see if
    > any include the H key or the Shift+H combination.
    >
    > Post back with what you find.
    > --
    > Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    > A+
    > http://dts-l.net/


    Nifty utility. Unfortunately it appears to employ some dirty tricks -
    Windows 7 does not like it one bit!
     
  8. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:uN4%23XIR1KHA.3652@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "glee" <glee29@spamindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:-OH6LInQ1KHA.5972@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > snip
    >>
    >> Capital H means you are using Shift+H to type the capital.
    >> You may have a keyboard shortcut set up (with or without your
    >> knowledge) to do this, that uses Shift+H, perhaps in combination with
    >> the Ctrl key (like Ctrl+Shift+H) and the Ctrl key is electronically
    >> stuck. First thing to try (with all programs closed) is to
    >> repeatedly tap the Ctrl keys and then the Alt keys and then the Shift
    >> keys, as this will sometimes "unstick" them temporarily, as will a
    >> reboot.
    >>
    >> Install and run this little free utility:
    >> Shortcuts Map - manage hotkeys assigned to Windows shortcuts
    >> http://www.zealsoft.com/shortcuts/
    >>
    >> Look through the keyboard shortcuts it lists on your system, and see
    >> if any include the H key or the Shift+H combination.
    >>
    >> Post back with what you find.

    >
    > Nifty utility. Unfortunately it appears to employ some dirty tricks -
    > Windows 7 does not like it one bit!


    The web page states it's only compatible up to XP...so it likely won't
    work on Vista and Seven. Too bad....I like it. I've used it since my
    Win95 days.
    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     
  9. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    isaacc wrote:
    > I appreciate the effort in responsing but I'm not sure how your
    > advice makes any sesne. In any other application the keyboard
    > correctly generates a capital 'H'. Only when Windows Explorer is open
    > is the capital 'H' intercepted and sends the focus to Windows
    > Explorer.



    The centuries of combined experience on this group causes "another keyboard"
    to bubble up to the top of the diagnostic tools and fixes for just such a
    symptom.

    It doesn't matter whether it makes sense to you. A different keyboard is the
    virtually unanimous suggestion.

    Try a different keyboard and report back.
     
  10. Richard E

    Richard E Flightless Bird

    Isaacc

    You not going mad I have the same problem on 2 different computers.

    Both with lower case h moving focus to Windows Explorer. Both running XP Home.

    It's NOT the keyboard!!!!

    Any ideas, other than change keyboard, much appreciated :)

    Richard

    "isaacc" wrote:

    >
    > I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    > has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    > of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    > I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any application. It
    > is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    > Windows Explorer open.
    >
    > Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    > malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    > where individual key assignments can be made.
    >
    > Thanks.
     
  11. Michael

    Michael Flightless Bird

    "Richard E" <Richard E@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:DB93D670-7DEB-4CFC-B995-586A34A8C9D4@microsoft.com...
    > Isaacc
    >
    > You not going mad I have the same problem on 2 different computers.
    >
    > Both with lower case h moving focus to Windows Explorer. Both running XP
    > Home.
    >
    > It's NOT the keyboard!!!!
    >
    > Any ideas, other than change keyboard, much appreciated :)
    >
    > Richard



    Here's a suggestion, Dick! What you just did is hijack a thread. You
    could've just waited for a response that worked for you, but no. You just
    had to take your hands off your crotch just long enough to hijack the
    thread.
    --


    "Don't pick a fight with an old man.
    If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
     
  12. On Mon, 05 Apr 2010 06:24:47 +0100, LD55ZRA
    <LD55ZRA@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >isaacc wrote:
    >
    >>I'm experiencing the weirdest problem that suddenly cropped up. Capital 'H'
    >>has been re-assigned such that it switches to Windows Explorer if an instance
    >>of Windows Explorer is open. I'll be typing in Word for example and suddenly
    >>I switch to Windows Explorer but it happens whiule using any application. It
    >>is most annoying to have to remember always whether I have an instance of
    >>Windows Explorer open.
    >>
    >>Where would I look to see if a keyboard letter has been re-assigned by some
    >>malicious app for example. I looked in the Control Panel but I don't see
    >>where individual key assignments can be made.
    >>
    >>Thanks.
    >>
    >>

    >It is very unlikely but you can always check it out by reformatting your
    >HD and re-installing the OS from scratch. This ensures there is no
    >malware and if everything works as it should then no complain otherwise
    >faulty keyboard! This is called systematic approach to problem solving
    >rather than doing it on trial and error basis using Pig-Bear's approach
    >who will ask you to scan your system with almost all the anti-virus
    >programs and anti-spyware .programs. You can look at his solutions on
    >these newsgroups.
    >
    >hth


    Oddly enough I have the same problem on my older computer. I have
    both Win98se and Win2000pro installed (dual booting). In my case the
    letter "t" does it. I can be typing in ANY program, (notepad, my
    email program, on this Agent newsgroup software, in Wordpad, in
    ANYTHING.....) About one out of every 20 times I hit the letter "t"
    (lowercase), and the START button menu pops up. If I'm typing a word
    followed by the letter "h", then the help menu pops up. Or any other
    letter that brings up an option on the start button.

    This happend in BOTH Win98 and Win2000, so it's not the operating
    system. I tried a different keyboard (actually 2 of them), and it
    still happens. I am suspecting a problem in the hardware. However, I
    have booted to dos and not seen this happen, but in dos the letter "t"
    dont do anything. I was thinking of booting to dos and making a file
    t.bat batch file and see if it activates that file. (which will just
    be a text file). I also considered doing a fresh install of one of
    those OS's on a spare harddrive, but I really do not thing it's in the
    OSs.

    I'd appreciate anyone else who has had something similar.

    Thanks
     
  13. Billns

    Billns Flightless Bird

    On 4/7/2010 10:08 AM, Michael wrote:
    > "Richard E" <Richard E@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:DB93D670-7DEB-4CFC-B995-586A34A8C9D4@microsoft.com...
    >> Isaacc
    >>
    >> You not going mad I have the same problem on 2 different computers.
    >>
    >> Both with lower case h moving focus to Windows Explorer. Both running
    >> XP Home.
    >>
    >> It's NOT the keyboard!!!!
    >>
    >> Any ideas, other than change keyboard, much appreciated :)
    >>
    >> Richard

    >
    >
    > Here's a suggestion, Dick! What you just did is hijack a thread. You
    > could've just waited for a response that worked for you, but no. You
    > just had to take your hands off your crotch just long enough to hijack
    > the thread.


    Give us a break, Michael.
    Richard did not hijack the thread, unless you consider a lower-case h
    completely different problem than an upper-case h.

    Bill
     

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