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Windows 7: Make the tab key only select text fields, not menus and other stuff

29 Aug 2014   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Sorry if I caused offence to anyone - but ICit2lol's suggestions referring to pop-up blockers in IE (I assume the reference was to Internet Explorer - which, of course, I never use anyway) and virus removal from dubious sounding sites such as "malwarebytes" were just not at all relevant to the original question I asked, hence my assumption that he had not read it, or this was something auto-posted just for the sake of posting something.

Thank you to JDobbsy1987 for your reply.

I know that the default tab behaviour is as-designed, not something caused by a virus. I was just asking if there was a way to alter its behaviour. I know it must have been useful to tab to menus and use the arrow keys to select stuff in the pre-mouse days of the 1980s, but technology has moved on slightly since then, and I'm sure only a minuscule minority of users clicks up and down through menus without a mouse. I come from decades of Apple Mac usage, and that has a system preference to change exactly this behaviour. It seems bizarre that Microsoft has chosen to stick with this antiquated behaviour.

- Paul

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29 Aug 2014   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Well my friend for one thing there was very little in the way of system specs so I am not to know what you are using for a browser or search engine, I am not a mind reader.

The other on call scans are used by most of the members in this forum and in fact the paid for version of Malwarebytes is one of the only real time AV programs that I know will run alongside Kaspersky, and quite a few other mainstream paid for suites.

Your assumption that your problem cannot be caused by a malware infection is in my mind erroneous as anything within a computer in this day and age is possible. Not that you will probably take any notice of me but my advice would be to do some research on how, when , and what malware can infect in a computer. I think that many individuals think that because they run an anti malware program the are safe but it is a misnomer that has left many with seriously malfunctioning machines.

The other system checkers are in fact standard for anyone using Windows as it is built into the operating system. I frequently use these suggestions as base checks in threads as they are just a form of starting the elimination process off and there are far heavier AV checks that can be used and usually the thread starter will get more suggestions for a fix on top of what I have posted . I have no illusions that the scans and checks I posted probably may or may not come up with anything and so move on to something else.

I think what I found a little out of order was the fact that you thought what I had sent was suspicious and I would have thought that perhaps you might have done me the courtesy of asking me or another member re the legitimacy of those program/s before replying what you did.

You also had the option to report me to a moderator though I also would have though that after seeing my status and number of posts in the forum that it would be highly unlikely that I would give out advice that would be plain drivel or of a "suspicious" nature.

Having said that I hope you see that my intentions were not meant to confuse, misdirect you or
create any mischievous situation. I am a senior member in age and time on this forum though not so long as some and have no desire to do anything but help and advise others like yourself in sorting out any problems they have.
I bear no grudges and I hope this has cleared a few facts up for you and should you post in future I am more than willing to help out when and where I can.
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29 Aug 2014   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

I must be a real dummy.
I'm still trying to figure out what is popping up when the Tab button is used. Can somebody post a picture so I can sleep tonight?
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01 Sep 2014   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit

Layback bear: This situation occurs when there's a dialogue box on screen, for example if you're trying to set something like page margins for a printer. You'd use the tab key to highlight the top, left, right and bottom text fields to type in the desired values. On a Mac, pressing the tab key would cycle through these four text fields. On Windows 7, for some unknown reason, it also highlights every button and menu that may also be in that dialogue box, which is a really annoying bug, or something left over from the days when people didn't have a mouse. Either way, it is truly ludicrous and it's rather bizarre that Microsoft hasn't fixed this.

Here's another example:

This is the dialogue box to set up a new document in Photoshop. If I click in the Width field, I can change the width to whatever I want. I then hit tab to change the height and start typing, but no! Stupid Windows 7 has highlighted the "Pixels" drop-down menu next to the width, and is trying to interpret my keystrokes as menu commands. I then have to press tab once again to get to the Height text field. This bug happens across all Windows 7 apps.

But as has been suggested in this forum, this ridiculous behaviour is not fixable, and we're just stuck with it.
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