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Windows 7: tab key acting weird

28 Apr 2012   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Worked for me!

Just to let you know that the ALT-0-0-9 sequence also worked for me. I'm not running VMware or the other programs mentioned in this thread, but my Tab key was changing the focus of the window rather than of the item in each window. Now it's fixed.


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28 Jun 2012   #22

Windows 7 Pro, 64 Bit
Xerox Driver may be My Problem

I have the same intermittent problem with the Xerox Global Print Driver installed.

Closing the Xerox Job Tracker process restores Tab key operation for me. I also noticed that if I ignored the problem for several minutes, it would sometimes go away.
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22 Jul 2012   #23

Windows 7 Pro x64
Hope this helps....

I actually just made an account to help out here. Heres what I tried.

One at a time i terminated running processes. In between terminating them i would try to use the tab key where it was acting up, when it started working again. I ran the last killed program, and sure thing that was it.

My problem was a program called "Pasphrase something"
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25 Jul 2012   #24

Windows 7 Professional x64

The key sequence ALT+0+0+9 worked for me as well!
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20 Aug 2012   #25

Windows 7 Pro x64

In my case I tried the "Windows Key - TAB" combination several times and it fixed the problem.

It seems to be related to VMware player, the tab key brings the windows "out of focus".

VMware Communities: Tab key not working after installing...
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25 Oct 2012   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I had the same problem. The fix in this article worked for me (second option - click ALT twice).
My tab key doesn't work - Windows - Office
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08 Apr 2013   #27

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

I have a brand new install of Windows 7 and it had it same problem. Press the tab key in the browser was causing the window to "defocus" instead of moving to new field in a web form.

I pressed Alt-Tab a few times to move through opened programs. When I came back to the web form, the Tab key started working correctly again. Not sure if press Alt-Tab had anything to do with it, but it started working after I did that . Microsoft .
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07 Nov 2013   #28

win 7

Thanks to "Dorf" (brilliant guy) for "alt + 0 + 0 + 9" fix.
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