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Old 18th October 2003   #1
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filter keys from holding shift


I accidentally held down the shift key for 8 seconds, bringing up the filter keys popup. Even though I clicked cancel, everything seems to be operating strangely, mouse wheels, caps lock, etc. Any suggestions?

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You can turn off filter keys in Control Panel>Accessibility Options>Keyboard tab.

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I don't see a keyboard tab under accessibility options. When I click accessibility options again, there is a keyboard tab, but nothing is checked. Please give me more specific directions.
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From Start > Help and Support > Filterkeys

To turn on FilterKeys
FilterKeys is a keyboard feature that instructs the keyboard to ignore brief or repeated keystrokes. Using FilterKeys, you can also slow the rate at which a key repeats when you hold it down.

Open Accessibility Options.
On the Keyboard tab, under FilterKeys, select the Use FilterKeys check box.
To turn off FilterKeys, clear the Use FilterKeys check box.

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To open Accessibility Options, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Accessibility Options.
If the Use shortcut check box in the Settings for FilterKeys dialog box is selected, you can turn FilterKeys on or off by holding down the right SHIFT key for 8 to 16 seconds (depending on the other settings you have selected in the Accessibility Options dialog box). To open the Settings for FilterKeys dialog box, open Accessibility Options and then, under FilterKeys, click Settings.

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Since nothing is checked when I get into filterkeys, what is the reason I continue to find that my computer operates strangely? I can usually stop the problem by pressing the shift key then hitting the caps lock or whatever else is acting up. None of this occurred before I held in the shift key.
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Barry,

I don't have a definitive answer to your problem, but there are a couple of thing's you could try :

Uninstall any mouse and keyboard software you may have on board.

Remove the mouse and keyboard through device manager.

Reboot

Re-install the software.

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Something that sometimes works when Windows gets stubborn is to enable the feature you don't want, then disable it.

So, go to Control Panel>Accessibility Options>Keyboard tab, put a check in the "Use filter keys," click Apply, then OK. Then navigate back to Accessibility Options and uncheck "Use filter keys," click Apply, then OK.

Clicking both Apply and OK generally isn't necessary but in this case you want to hammer at Windows as much as possible to get your idea across.

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