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Alt + X shortcut not allowing me to choose letter option

  1. #31


    Thank Medab1 and Brink! Brink - my only restore date I show is 1.21, but the issue happened before that, so that won't do much good sad to say. I'll see about calling that # too.

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  2. #32


    I tried this on a couple of different folders and files - there are no underlined letters, so this would not allow me to choose the option unless I clicked on it. I would expect that behavior, no?
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  3. #33


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    Well, with everything we already tried, it may be time to consider to reset Windows 8.
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  4. #34


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    This might have something to do with your sticky key settings.
    Go to control panel - > Ease of access center -> Make the keyboard easier to use

    Sometimes when you play games, they change your sticky settings.

    Tap on SHIFT key 5 times to turn on/off
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  5. #35


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    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    This might have something to do with your sticky key settings.
    Go to control panel - > Ease of access center -> Make the keyboard easier to use

    Sometimes when you play games, they change your sticky settings.

    Tap on SHIFT key 5 times to turn on/off
    Good idea, but if sticky keys is enabled and you attempt to press Windows-X the usual way by holding the Win key down, when you press X sticky keys will disable automatically, because it see's you're capable of pressing two keys at once.

    One would have to change the sticky keys options from it's default to prevent it from disabling itself when more than one key is pressed.

    Thinking outside the box though, I like it.
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  6. #36


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have a feeling that the presence (or lack) of underlines is a feature of the Windows 8 interface - if you are using mouse clicks, or taps, then the underlines are not displayed (because you are unlikely to need keyboard shortcuts), but if you use shortcut keystrokes to get to a menu, then the underlines are shown as an aide memoire. It is clever and part of the perfect typography philosophy that underlines the new design elements in Windows 8.
    If the ability to use shortcut keystrokes is missing, then there is almost certainly some setting that can restore it either in the policy editor or directly in the registry - but of course, the registry is as full of mysteries as ever.
    One thing that you may try is to enable the on-screen keyboard - +U then Alt+K (or Mouse or Tab etc) - see if that tells your system there is a keyboard attached that can do shortcuts.

    Mods (Thanks for including the "WinKey" and the "Orb" start symbols in the smileys)
    Last edited by fafhrd; 25 Jan 2013 at 14:44.
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  7. #37


    Awesome tips everyone and I appreciate it. I'll check this out later and let ya all know! Thank you! Love this forum!!
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  8. #38


    Here's what I found to work - Win-X to bring up the underlined letter options and Win-(letter of underlined shortcut) to actually bring up the desired result. This seems to be fine. Is that what we would expect or should we still expect just typing the letter? I'm fine w/the result I mentioned and it seems more consistent. Just my two cents.
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  9. #39


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    Odd, but glad you found a workaround.
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  10. #40


    Me too. Thanks for all of your help. Maybe, it's a keyboard option/setting that coincides w/the Win-X option.
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