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Unable to select just 1 desktop icon

By mstark ·
Attempting to double click 1 icon/shortcut on the desktop and all the icons highlight. Similar situation occurs when I attempt to open 1 file and multiple files select and open. A reboot resolves the problem. Anyone know why this would happen in the first place?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

Check the Keyboard sounds like one of the CTRL keys is sticking.

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by mstark In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

I wish it was that simple - I thought similar but was thinking the shift key since the behavior is replicated when you hold the shift key down but that doesn't appear to be it. This has happened a few times on 2 PC's @ different times. It is random. I thought maybe the mouse but I have swapped and problem occured again. Odd.

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by faradhi In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

I normally do not answer with me too posts. However, Has has the most likely explination. I often have users call with that issue. The fix is always to hit the ctrl and shift keys several times.

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by Mr.Wiz In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

Could be a bad mouse, have you tried one? If that isn't it, it's probably the keyboard.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

if it doesn't happen in safe mode i would make real sure no spyware. i would uninstall all mouse and keyboard software (like intellipoint)

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by Bra-k In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

Check for spyware. Often the cause for wierd things like this.
Bra-k

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by Shh! I'm working In reply to Unable to select just 1 d ...

Hitting the shift key 5 times in a row turns on sticky keys. Repeating this action turns the "feature" off again. You can disable this behavior in the control panel.

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