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Alt+F4 not working

  1. #1

    Alt+F4 not working

    Ctrl+F4 normally closes the current window only and still works fine.

    Alt+F4 normally closes all windows but does not work anymore. Instead it just activates the URL dropdown like I pressed F4 without the Alt key.Click image for larger version

    8 32-bit not pro

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  2. #2

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    I press Alt+F4 & it only closes the active window.
    Ctrl+F4 closes ALL windows.
    8 Pro. 64 bit.

    You should have added 95 to your sig.
    It was a pain in the butt.
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  3. #3

    Maybe so.

    Back to the issue of neither Alt key working. Nothing Alt+ works. Not even Alt+155 on numeric keypad.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Laptop or desktop?

    Could be a physically sticky key switch - if it's a desktop keyboard I'd shake it around a bit; less advisable on a laptop.

    Also, try a Restart , or even better a full Shutdown - not the normal default Windows 8 Fast Shutdown but a proper one. Close your apps and save your files first though as it's a bit abrupt!:
    shutdown.exe /s /f /t 00
    (The Windows default Fast Shutdown is really just a form of Hibernate so hardware issues like keyboards aren't cleared in the way they would be if you shutdown and restarted earlier Windows versions.)
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  5. #5

    been doing that for few days now. could try a different keyboard when someone gets back to reach one for me.
    in the meantime, I think I'll download randyrants sharpkeys 3.5 to see if I can reprogram a different key as Alt
    Last edited by pcRat; 04 Sep 2013 at 18:56.
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  6. #6

    Using right side Winkey as my new Alt key and I'm good to go. Thanks to randy rants sharpkeys 3.5
    RandyRants: SharpKeys 3.5
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  7. #7

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    Yah Alt+F4 closes current window. Thanks for the Sharpkeys link, gonna try it
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