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Text entry causes Window to be deactived

By steeve
May 30, 2010
  1. has anyone seen this weird problem:

    a text entry box is open for some app (for example, text entry for this forum using firefox).
    i enter one letter and the firefox window is immediately no longer the active window.
    so tapping the keyboard does not enter text.
    if i mouse click in the text window, i can enter one more letter then the browser is again no longer the active window.

    it happens with different apps from time to time. if i close the app and re-open, behaviour is usually normal again

    this is XP pro sp3, a recent fresh install.

    i have a lot of apps running at different times. i started using online armour firewall, thought that might be the culprit...but i stopped running OA a week ago, and it still happens.

    i run yadis real-time backup. but the prob can still occur when yadis is not running.

    because it is intermittent, it's hard to isolate.
     
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Strange ! maybe malware is seizing the focus when you start keying. I can only suggest you check for malware - see the malware forum and follow eight-steps.
     
  3. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    ok i think i found the problem...a one-off, i would think!

    i run a small app called RBTray which sweetly minimizes running apps to the system tray by right clicking on the minimize button.

    when i re-installed windows i didn't re-install RBTray, because it seemed to run just fine right out of its folder. but i suspect some vital reg entry was missing which caused the bad behaviour.

    re-installed the latest version of RBTray and ... all good :)
     
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    don't know if this might also help... but you can also use tweakui (it installs itself in C:\Windows\system32\).

    Click General->Focus and check Prevent applications from stealing focus
     
  5. steeve

    steeve TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 146

    thanks, that is a useful tweak
     
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