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#1 Alchemist

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 05:54 PM

Somehow or other Powerpoint has completed screwed the setting in my Windows 7 UI. I didn't change any settings IN Powerpoint, but simply viewing a document and that has caused it to break most of the conventions of a standard Windows UI.

Scrolls bars don't scroll anymore. You have to click above and below the bar to move up or down. Windows cannot be dragged AT ALL. They are frozen in place wherever they happen to open and cannot be moved or resized. Menus cannot be opened with a single click anymore. They jump open and instantly close again, forcing many clicks until they accidentally stay open so you can select something Text cannot be selected by clicking and dragging anymore, but clicking anywhere in a document, which used to merely place the cursor/insertion point, now selects random blocks of text. All of this has made my computer seriously annoying to use.

What could PP have changed? I can't find settings related to scroll bars except for appearance. I don't care what they look like, I want them to work. Nor for window dragging, again except for the appearance things. I can't even guess where to look for settings related to selecting text with the mouse. Yes, I rebooted. Whatever PP did has been set somewhere and will not go away until I find the settings.

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Posted 24 March 2015 - 06:13 PM

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Did you download the PPT from the internet or receive it in a e-mail?

 

I have to ask this because in case you didn't know Powerpoint files can also contain malicious code!


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Posted 24 March 2015 - 07:37 PM

The PP file is from class materials. If it contains malicious code then the whole class has the same malicious code.

 

After getting close to smashing my mouse, I replaced it with another. This seems to be the real cause the problem. Hardware failure. Why it started acting up when I was using that Powerpoint file, I don't know. But it seems to be back to normal now. I'll try disassembling and cleaning the mouse. Perhaps it's just crud and not an outright broken switch. It wasn't unusable, just very erratic.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 04:20 AM

Hi,

 

After getting close to smashing my mouse, I replaced it with another. This seems to be the real cause the problem. Hardware failure. Why it started acting up when I was using that Powerpoint file, I don't know. But it seems to be back to normal now. I'll try disassembling and cleaning the mouse. Perhaps it's just crud and not an outright broken switch. It wasn't unusable, just very erratic.

 

Hardware problems it's another possibility they can produce all kind of strange behaviors.


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 09:05 AM

After opening it up and removing the dust and crud as well as I could, it does work better. It still has some glitches, though. I'm wondering if I ought to just toss it and buy another. A mere $10 could save me a lot of aggravation.



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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:00 PM

After opening it up and removing the dust and crud as well as I could, it does work better. It still has some glitches, though. I'm wondering if I ought to just toss it and buy another. A mere $10 could save me a lot of aggravation.

 

If the problem is only with the mouse I would definitively buy a new one.


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 12:18 PM

laptop or desktop?  if desktop, since most motherboards have keyboard & mouse PS/2 ports, consider going with PS/2, response is usually faster. 


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Posted 25 March 2015 - 02:47 PM

laptop or desktop?  if desktop, since most motherboards have keyboard & mouse PS/2 ports, consider going with PS/2, response is usually faster. 

You are talking about a difference measured in Milliseconds. 


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