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F2 key not working in Windows Explorer and MS Excel. Fix?

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My laptop is a Toshiba Portege running Windows 7 Ultimate, MS Office 2010. All updates to all products are current.

In explorer, pressing F2 should open the filename in an edit mode. In excel, it should open the cell in an edit mode. This is not happening.

F2 key itself is working ok - it works fine in other apps.

'Allow editing directly in cells' is checked in Excel.

This is a laptop, with no 'F Lock' key.

'SFC /SCANNOW' shows integrity is ok.

Any suggestions?
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Question by:srinikulkarni
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Kannan K earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

Check with your Toshiba Laptop has assigned any action for that key,
check any desktop shortcuts are assigned with F2 key.

KK,
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by:srinikulkarni
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Thanks, Kannan, but ...
The F2 function is not assigned to anything (nothing happens when I press F2 in Windows). <Fn> key +  F2 is assigned to managing Power Plan, and that works ok.
-sk
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by:Kannan K
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Hi,

Search in Registry editor specifying the F2 string key word. It would have assigned with some invisbile shortcuts also.

KK,
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Thanks, Kannan.
In the meantime, I tried a brute-force approach: I systematically uninstalled some of the recently installed programs. And it worked. Turns out, Babylon had assigned F2 to one of its operations - which I never used - and because that operation was never invoked in either Excel or Explorer, its behaviour was invisible. Once I uninstalled it, F2 behaviour was restored.
So, it was not the Toshiba laptop but one of the installed apps that had assigned the F2 key for its actions. But your tip helped.
Searching the Registry may have identified the same problem, but in the meantime the problem has got fixed.
Thank you for your help.
-sk
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My comment expands on the expert's suggestion and suggests how it might be extended and applied.
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