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Pressing the 1 key and 3 key move open Windows between monitors.

Posted on 2014-01-03
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I have a client who running Windows XP on 32 workstations (don't laugh, it's a requirement of the EMR system) and one system has a very weird issue that I haven't been able to fix.  When the user is typing they prefer to use the numbers located above the alpha characters on the keyboard.  When they press the number 1 it moves the open window to the right monitor, and when they press the number three 3 it moves the open window to the left monitor.  This issue doesn't happen when using the number keypad.

System info:
  Windows XP 32bit, fully patched.
  New keyboard

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Question by:Yort
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by:John Hurst
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Has the keyboard application (or settings) to control the monitor mapped those two keys (regardless of shift status) to move the monitor focus.

What happens inside Word or Excel (say) if they press Shift - 1 or Shift - 3?

Are they for sure pressing the Shift key?  What happens if they use the other Shift (always 2 Shift keys).

.... Thinkpads_User
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by:Yort
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thinkpads_user:  Thank you for your quick response.  The user doesn't have to press the Shift key for this to happen.  It just happens when they press the number 1 or  number 3 key on the numbers above the alpha characters on the keyboard, but doesn't happen when using the number keypad.  It doesn't matter what application the user is in (eg:  Word, Excel, EMR), if they press the number 1 or 3 it will type the number but also move the open windows to the other monitor.  What keyboard application are you referring to?
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by:Paul MacDonald
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It would as [thinkpads] suggests, be interesting to know if this is a problem in multiple applications.  

Presuming it is, it could very well be a faulty keyboard.  Try replacing the keyboard and see if the problem goes away.
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by:Yort
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paulmacd:  The issue does occur in multiple applications (eg:  EMR, Word, Excel, IE, etc.).  I forgot to mention that I did replace the keyboard, but the problem still persists.
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John Hurst earned 500 total points
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It would appear the monitor application is trapping the keys.

You replaced the keyboard, so unless the new one is faulty, it must be something like key trapping.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:Yort
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thinkpads_user:  Good point.  I will check the settings of the dual-monitor software.  Thanks!
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by:garycase
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Both UltraMon and MultiMon (common multiple-monitor control applications) allow you to set keyboard shortcuts that do a variety of things ... including automatically moving the active window to a specified display.

It's almost certain that this user's system has one of these installed, with a keyboard shortcuts set to move the active window.    All you have to do is either change the shortcut to whatever key is desired ... or just eliminate them altogether if they're not needed.

There are a few other display management utilities that also provide this function, but those are by far the two most common.
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by:Yort
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I replaced the USB-VGA adapter with a true dual-video card...all is resolved.

Thanks!
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by:John Hurst
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@Yort - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.

.... Thinkpads_User
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