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Alt + X shortcut not allowing me to choose letter option

  1. #21


    If I do Win-X, yes, they are still underlined. If I just hover my mouse in the lower left corner, right click then no they are not. What next?

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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by sirsteve1968 View Post
    If I do Win-X, yes, they are still underlined. If I just hover my mouse in the lower left corner, right click then no they are not. What next?
    Try this please:

    Hit Windows + X and then press the arrow Up key a few times; does the relevant options highlight when you do?

    I ask you to do this to make sure the Win-X menu is in focus. Because if it's not in focus, pressing letters will not work.

    If you have a window open when you press Win-X, you should see it's top bar colour change as it's brought out of focus in favour of the win-x menu.

    IF... If when you hit Win-X and it doesn't switch focus to the menu (as it should), there must be something misbehaving somewhere that is stealing focus.

    Please confirm...
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  3. #23


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    Well, if they are still underlined in Win+X and the letters display in File Explorer with Alt, then they have not been disabled.

    You might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started may be able to fix this.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sirsteve1968 View Post
    If I do Win-X, yes, they are still underlined. If I just hover my mouse in the lower left corner, right click then no they are not. What next?
    Hang on though - and this may be me being dumb again - but isn't that normal behaviour? It certainly seems the same when I tried it.

    * If I do Win-X I get underlined letters;
    * If I hover lower left and right-click they aren't underlined, although if I press one of the keys that would have been underlined, they still work. For example {hover lower left} + {right click} then press {E} = File Explorer.
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  5. #25


    I will double check both of your posts this evening. It is an interesting issue I think. Thank you as always. This forum is awesome btw.
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  6. #26


    Here's what I found out - Win-X brings up the list of shortcuts and I CAN use the arrow to highlight the various options and then either hit enter or use the mouse to select it. I still CANNOT use the letter. Hovering my mouse in the lower left, R click to bring up the same options w/out the underlined letters, I am NOT able to press a letter as mentioned above. Does the arrow activity mean I'm close to getting resolved? Thanks.
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  7. #27


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    Steve,

    By default, the underline shortcuts will still work regardless if you used Win+X or right click to open it. It's just that you only see them underlined with Win+X.

    Were you able to do a system restore to before you had this issue?
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  8. #28


    The system restore I have not done yet Brink. Is that what we feel is the next/best option?
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  9. #29


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    I do believe so for now. It may save you time from trying to troubleshoot.
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  10. #30


    West Auckland
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    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Another quick gathering of evidence:

    Can you go into a folder, right click on a random file then press the R key on your keyboard.

    Does the Properties dialogue come up?

    I want to tell if this issue is limited to just the Win-X menu, and not across the board.
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