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Menu Hotkeys Stopped Working in VFP Environment

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Mike JacobsFlag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
SoftwareUI/UXWindows OS* VFP
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Within my VFP environment - and ONLY within my VFP environment -  I appear to have lost the abiility to use menu hotkeys.

For example, the ALT key still wakes up the UI menu, but I can't activate the Tools menu by pressing "T". If I cursor along to it or click it, I can see all the hotkeys underlined as usual, but none work. eg, if type "b" to open the debugger, nothing happens. I can only open it by cursoring to it or clicking on it.

That's weird enough but here are the complications/clues.

First, I'm getting the same behaviour on my two main development workstations. But not my laptop.

I get the same behaviour with vfp programs I've compiled on those machines; but ONLY if I run them on those machines. My clients running the same software on their workstations have no problem accessing the menus in the normal way.

Clearly its some kind of environment issue and clearly whatever I've done on one of the workstations, I've repeated on the other, but not on the laptop.  I should add that I've only had this problem since some time earlier this year. (Didn't note the date as I assumed it was a transient fault and would disappear with the next reboot or whatever. Then it just became a background irritant). I should also mention that the two workstations are running on different W10 versions (1511 and 1709, both 64 bit)

I do tweak windows quite radically (using Winaerotweaker and other tools for example) but I tend to be pretty consistent and can't imagine what I could have done on the two workstations but not the laptop. Nor can I imagine a windows tweak which would ONLY affect the VFP environment. (menus in all the other apps and browsers continue to work normally)

Thought it might have something to do with the vfp config files typically stored in the folder C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Visual FoxPro 9, so I tried copying the files from that folder on the laptop to the equivalent folder on one of the workstations. Had no effect on the hotkey behaviour at all.

I am now officially stumped.

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