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Sometimes you can't hit tiles and windows key won't work

  1. #1


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Sometimes you can't hit tiles and windows key won't work


    Sometimes when I'm in metro, when I hit a panel nothing happens. It looks like something to do with alt tabbing, also sometimes when im in a app, i can't hit windows key to get out of it.
    Anyone have the same issue?

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  2. #2


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm still having this problem, and it's so annoying. I don't even have anti virus installed, I'm using windows defender. Any suggestions?

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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ryan,

    If you mean that the Switcher bar or Start button on the left side will not open sometimes on the Start screen, then this will happen if you have just started Windows 8 to the Start screen and have not opened anything else.


    As for closing Store apps or Metro screens, the tutorial below can help show you a few different ways to.

    Apps - Close in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Ryan,

    If you mean that the Switcher bar or Start button on the left side will not open sometimes on the Start screen, then this will happen if you have just started Windows 8 to the Start screen and have not opened anything else.


    As for closing Store apps or Metro screens, the tutorial below can help show you a few different ways to.

    Apps - Close in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thankyou for your reply, but what I mean is that while on the home screen trying to select an app, you hit the tile and it gives the little animation of when you click on tiles, but the tile won't open, this goes along with where sometimes when I'm in a tile, the windows key can't be used to go back to home.
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Unfortunately, fixing this usually ends up in having to refresh Windows 8 to do so.
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It's happened to me more times than I care to mention. Sometimes its just a select few apps. The last time it happened all tiles were inactive and the hot corners didn't work. Couldn't get to the desktop or launch task manager. In the past I've tried doing a refresh and a reset which had no effect. Uninstalling and reinstalling the apps didn't work either. I ended up reinstalling Windows 8 to fix it, for a while anyway. The last time it happened I just gave up and went back to Windows 7. I'd try doing the refresh and or reset, maybe you'll have better luck than I did.
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  7. #7


    Mumbai, India
    Posts : 98
    Windows 8.1 Pro, OS X Yosemite 10.10.4, Ubuntu GNOME 15.04


    For me sometimes it becomes unresponsive for a couple of seconds and then all's well again
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  8. #8


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I know I made this thread 7 months ago, but this problem is still there. I've reinstalled my OS since, so reinstalling/refreshing wouldn't fix it.
    Here is a video of the issue:

    I have to alt+tab to be able to get out of the start menu. This happens all the time, and it is so annoying.

    Last edited by Brink; 06 Jul 2013 at 10:45. Reason: embedded video
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  9. #9


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My best guess or hunch or whatever you want to call it, is it's a video driver issue or video related issue. Try updating your video card driver if possible. If you are using the PC manufacturers supplied driver you may want to try getting it directly from Nvidia or ATI. If you are already using the Nvidia or ATI driver then try the PC manufacturers driver. Like I say though this is just a hunch on my part.
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  10. #10


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'm using ATIs Windows 8 driver. My graphics card is a ATI HD 4350.
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