I have noticed that the CTRL A keyboard shortcut has stopped working in all programs. I checked in word and it still has CTRL A listed as the shortcut for 'Select All". Any suggestions to help me fix this?
All other CTRL + ___ combinations work; the 'a' key works fine.
I check and sticky keys wasn't enabled. I tried with it enabled and still didn't work.
It's a laptop, HP Pavillion dv 6 Notebook - tipped it upside down and tapped, no joy.
"Do you use any utilities to modify or assign keystrokes, like a micro?" - I don't know what this mean, so I guess I don't? I've never modified short cut keys, except occassionally adding a shortcut in word.
Try using the onscreen keyboard to see if it exhibits the same behavior.
Do you have 2 CTRL keys and both work the same?
Does your laptop have special keys that you can alter?
Do you use a language modifier or anything concerning a special language?
Does the tool bar sequence you mentioned select all? (Alt E A)
I do not know of a normal way to change the built-in shortcuts or a way to change them back. So for now all I can recommend is to try a system file check. Maybe something has gotten corrupted in your install.
So open an administrative command window (type CMD in the Start Menu search box then CTRL+Shift Enter)
Type the following and hit enter after.
wait for it to finish and make note or any messages. Close the window.
The onscreen keyboard behaves the same - every other CTRL + ____ works, except CTRL A.
Both CTRL keys are working the same.
There are no special keys that I know of, ditto the language modifier.
I didn't mention a tool bar sequence, but I tried ALT E A and it carried out the ALT E command in all programs.
The Systems File Check came back 'did not find any integrity violations'
I've had this computer for 7 months, with Windows 7 the whole time. The only unusual activity lately has been me using Internet Explorer to access live radio commentary for the world cup from NZ national sports radio - a safe website. I've always used Firefox on this computer but was too impatient to download a plugin required for Firefox to play the radio that IE has built in.
I did try the onscreen keyboard and it behaved the same as the normal keyboard. I do not have an external one to try out.
I'm afraid I don't know enough about computer hardware to understand your keyboard connector suggestion.
This started in the last few weeks. In that time I've travelled a bit on holiday - with my laptop with me as carry on. I've also tried using IE whilst on holiday. I'm a high school teacher, and so use the CTRL A function regularly when preparing and differentiating resources - noticed it wasn't working when I returned from my holiday. I don't know how to restore to before that time, and also what I might lose in doing that restore.
I truly appreciate your efforts. While this isn't exactly a 'throw the computer away in disgust' problem, it is inconvienant for my work and annoying in that I can fix it - I'm someone who likes to figure things out for herself!!!