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By dmoore ·
here is the situation. I copy and past the problem from a user. Anyone has any ideas. Restarting the machine is a solution...but this is happening all too often....

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When windows explorer is open and I am trying to utilize other Microsoft products (word, excel, etc.), if I type a small "r" on the keyboard, the explorer window comes to the front and becomes the active window.

Any suggestions?

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by stngfan1 In reply to WIndows Explorer

This happens because of the many windows you have opened. When you switch between the windows alot the keyboard gets lost in a previous windows and never makes it to the current window. Try clicking the mouse in the current window a few times to get the keyboard to come to the current window. You could also hit the CTRL, and or ESC key a few times as well.

TM.

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by dmoore In reply to WIndows Explorer

Doesn't work....

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by Aresmaxim In reply to WIndows Explorer

Hi,
I've had this problem before. I have the customer hit Alt-Tab combo and the problem goes away. I think this was addresed in 98 se. Hope it works.

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by dmoore In reply to WIndows Explorer

We have win98 second edition. This didn't help.

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by jeng In reply to WIndows Explorer

This is the infamous (or notorious) sticky key problem. The key that is sticking is the Windows key. What happens is that when your machine gets bogged down, Windows loses key press messages (key up message).

If you press the Windows key down andpress "r" on a normal computer, you would see the Run dialog. There are other little shortcuts for it as well, e.g. "e" - Explorer, "f" - Find, "tab" - taskbar, etc. Anyway, to sort of solve the problem, press the Windows key (left/right) several times quickly.

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by dmoore In reply to WIndows Explorer

This doesn't help.

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by kroge In reply to WIndows Explorer

Possible Solution:
From the toolbar:
Start | Find | Files |
In the 'Named' Drop-Down-Box type
*Explorer*
In the 'Look in:' Drop-Down-Box type
C: Click the 'Find Now' button
Click the column heading 'Type' [this should sort the shortcuts together]
Check each shortcut to the application that is popping up, by
Right-click on the shortcut & selecting 'properties'
Click the 'shortcut' tab.
The 'shortcut key' box should contain 'none'.(If it contains
Also clean you keyboard w/ a can of compressed air, or try a different keyboard to see if the keys in your keyboard are ticking.

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by dmoore In reply to WIndows Explorer

I've already try this solution....

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by DoubleDown In reply to WIndows Explorer

I also think its a sticky key situation. Windows - E will bring up the explorer button every time. I've had keyboards that wouldn't un-stick, so I was forced to swap it for a new keyboard. If you've tried it with a new keyboard, then I guess I'm wrong.

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by dmoore In reply to WIndows Explorer

I have already used 4 brand new keyboard from diffrent company.

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