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Alt-Tab Task Switching Broken


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#1 dub4u

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 09:44 PM

For some time now my Thinkpad T61 with Vista Business has stopped switching tasks when I press Alt+Tab. I am using Aero and Win+Tab still works bringing up the expected Flip-3D switcher. However, I am so used to Alt+Tab that I'd really like to get it back working.

Basically what happens when I press Alt+Tab sequence is:

Alt key down => nothing
Tab key down => computer beeps once, nothing else
Tab key up => nothing
Tab key down => computer beeps once, nothing else
Tab key up => nothing
[this can be repeated indefinitely]
Alt key up => 'File' menu in menu bar of active window gets activated

Any ideas anyone?

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:52 AM

Some more investigation gives:

- in Safe Mode the problem persists
- both Tab and Alt keys display their normal behavior when used on their own

Playing with the On-Screen Keyboard:
- with the On-Screen Keyboard the Alt-Tab combination works (switches as expected)
- when holding the Alt key from the On-Screen keyboard and the Tab key from the physical keyboard it works also
- and vice versa, holding the physical Alt key and clicking the On-Screen Keyboard Tab key switches tasks

So it seems to be only the combination of the Alt and Tab keys that somehow isn't recognized (?)

I ran Avira, Spy Bot S&D, AdAware, Malbyte and Blacklight, nothing.

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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:53 AM

I ran Avira, Spy Bot S&D, AdAware, Malbyte and Blacklight, nothing.

Sorry, that was avast! not Avira.




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