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Whenever I press the tab key it switches me between open programs -- it doesn't tab between sections of a web page.  I have rebooted my computer but it still does the same.  How can I fix this?
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Check to make sure your alt key is not stuck.


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Try a different keyboard and make sure your num lock is not on. Dave
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To test if the Alt is stuck try hitting the "F" key while your browser is the active window and see if a drop down menu comes up. If it does then your Alt key is stuck. If not then you may have a faulty keyboard or you may have a virus. Also check to see if you or somebody else has installed a program that lets one change how certain keys do certain things.


Hi Glenn
Hi Dave

It certainly has been awhile since I have see both of you in the same Q. :>)


The Crazy One
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:>)
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Isn't there a way to change the function of the tab key?  I thought I remember reading somewhere how to change it back but I can't remember where I saw it.
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Actually I just found out something. Go to Control Panel > Accessibility Options and look under the the "Keyboard" tab. Now if the "Use StickyKeys" box is checked then uncheck it and then click on the "Apply" button in the lower right hand corner and see what happens.
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That was interesting CrazyOne! I don't think I have ever opened up that Icon! :>)
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Now the way that this thing gets set to where the "Tab" key acts like the Alt+Tab key combination is a bit involved but this is how I was able to do it.

Control Panel > Accessibility Options > Keyboard and check the Use StickyKeys" box. Now click on the "Settings" button sitting in the "StickyKeys" section. Now check the box labeled "Use shortcut". Now hit the shift key 5 times and then the Alt key twice which will lock in the Alt key which in turn will allow using only the Tab key to navigate from one program to another. Also playing around with the "Option" and "Notification" sections you can automate certain aspects of the StickyKeys.

Sorry that my first comment was so far off the mark. <blushing with embarrassment> :>)
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Hi Dave
hehehe me niether until this morning. This question got me to do a little research and that is how I found out about it. I learned something and it is a cool feature, I think I am going to experiment with it for awhile and maybe use it all the time. I am a terrible on the keyboard and maybe this will help. :>)
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I don't find an icon for accessibility options under control panel -- is it down deeper?  I know I've seen it but not on control panel.
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You may have too go too add\remove programs and under windows setup add this, it may not have been added when the windows was installed. Dave
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Don't know how to explain it but my tab key is working.  I restarted twice and it didn't correct the problem.  Then I tried to add accessability icon as suggested and had to restart.  After that restart it was working fine.  No boxes were checked for sticky keys by the way.

Hope I don't hurt anyone's feelings but I'm giving the points to Crazyone since that was the suggestion that, even though it wasn't my problem, corrected my problem anyway.

Thanks to all who helped!
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Good call and glad your up and running! Best too you! Dave
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