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Old 05-25-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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Suddenly, my mouse wheel began changing the text size in Mozilla instead of scrolling up and down a page.

Various other functions were also different. Alt+Tab no longer worked, for example, and various keys produced odd results. Typing the Escape key pulled up the Start menu.

I eventually got back to normal after typing a number of keys randomly.

This has happened before, and I think the last time, my only recourse was to restart Windows.

Anyone know what causes this, and how to get out of it?

Running Windows XP on a Compaq Presario Laptop
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Sounds like a cabling or connection issue between the keyboard controller and keyboard and mouse. For most folks, that is a quick trip to a repair center and having them open 'er up, blow out the dust, clean and replug the components.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:57 AM
 
Location: North Greenville County!
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Suddenly, my mouse wheel began changing the text size in Mozilla instead of scrolling up and down a page.

Various other functions were also different. Alt+Tab no longer worked, for example, and various keys produced odd results. Typing the Escape key pulled up the Start menu.

I eventually got back to normal after typing a number of keys randomly.

This has happened before, and I think the last time, my only recourse was to restart Windows.

Anyone know what causes this, and how to get out of it?

Running Windows XP on a Compaq Presario Laptop
Sounds like you have a sticky CTL key. CTL scroll is zoom in FF, and CTL changes a lot of other key combos.

Next time try tapping it a few times to see if it clears up (remember you have a left and right CTL key, so you may have to try both.)
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Old 05-25-2011, 10:43 PM
 
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Sounds like a cabling or connection issue between the keyboard controller and keyboard and mouse. For most folks, that is a quick trip to a repair center and having them open 'er up, blow out the dust, clean and replug the components.
That doesn't sound right...

It's almost certainly a stuck control key.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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That doesn't sound right...

It's almost certainly a stuck control key.
That's it. Holding down the CTRL key turns the mouse wheel into a size changer.

I don't think that's covered in my Mozilla shortcuts list:

Mozilla Keyboard Shortcuts

Many thanks.

Hank
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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That's normally a stuck alright. I seem to remember from the olden days there was a method lock the Ctrl key, but I'm not 100% on that.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Accessibility shortcuts

  • Press SHIFT five times: Toggles StickyKeys on and off
  • Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off
  • Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off
From: Keyboard shortcuts for Windows
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I don't think that's covered in my Mozilla shortcuts list:

Hank
Because it isn't a Mozilla shortcut. It is built into Windows.
It works on IE, Chrome, FF, Word, Wordperfect, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Reader and heck... on Windows7 it will even make the icons on your dekstop bigger or smaller.

It's not an considered an accessibility shortcut either.
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Old 05-26-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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Because it isn't a Mozilla shortcut. It is built into Windows.
It works on IE, Chrome, FF, Word, Wordperfect, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Reader and heck... on Windows7 it will even make the icons on your dekstop bigger or smaller.

It's not an considered an accessibility shortcut either.
I wasn't implying that it is. If you had read the initial post you'd know that the first concern was why mouse functions were screwy. It came to light that having the ctrl key locked causes it.

My post was simply pointing out that Pressing the SHIFT key five times toggles StickyKeys on and off, which will lock ctrl if it is pressed. The rest of the list was for information purposes only.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:12 AM
 
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Because it isn't a Mozilla shortcut. It is built into Windows.
It works on IE, Chrome, FF, Word, Wordperfect, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Reader and heck... on Windows7 it will even make the icons on your dekstop bigger or smaller.

It's not an considered an accessibility shortcut either.
It's actually not part of the Windows API. While it is supported by a lot of software, it is a unique implementation to each application that supports it.
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