Pressing E starts up My computer, F starts up search, etc

By Sil
May 2, 2009
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  1. Suddenly when I press e, my compuer opens up, press f, search starts up, d will minimize all the windows, r opens up Run, u - utility manager, L will log off.

    I don't what I pressed to trigger these and the only way to stop it is to reboot (not log off). If there a setting I can disable so this doesn't happen again? Using XP Home, MS keyboard. Thx.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Sounds like the Windows key on your keyboard is stuck:

    The 'Windows Logo' refers to the key with Windows on it. Usually lower left, maybe also lower right on keyboard. See if you can 'unstick' it.
  3. Sil

    Sil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I have the Windows key disabled in the keyboard settings.
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    *Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer*

    *Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders*

    * Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop

    * Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box

    This is the only one I don't find

    Have a look here and try to reverse it:
    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/77881-windows-hotkeys.html
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    I don't know why they don't, I look up those keyboard shortcuts a while ago, and winL switch users, not quite logging off.

    Yes I would say your computer thinks you are holding they windows key down, for whatever reason.

    He is running XP and not vista, it may work anyway though, but I think fixing windows key consistently held down is a better solution.

    What do you mean shutting down fixes it? Does the problem only happen if you accidentally tap the windows key? Does the key look stuck?
  6. Sil

    Sil Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 30

    My mistake, it switched users not logged off (L).

    The Windows key is disabled. I have it set to disabled from the keyboard settings (requires MS drivers to do this).

    Right now if I press Windows Logo+E, my computer will NOT open. When I just press E right now, my computer will NOT open.

    Shutting down? I just need to restart for it to stop.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    How does it start?

    So they key does not look physically stuck.

    I would go into the MS drivers and reenable it, see if that does anything at all, and use a different keyboard and see if anything changes.
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