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Windows 7: 'Always on top' somehow triggered by ALT key

19 Apr 2010   #1
Echo147

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 
'Always on top' somehow triggered by ALT key

Hi folks,

This is one of those weird things that's actually followed me around since the Windows 2000 days! I suspect back then the culprit was TweakUI, but since there isn't such a program for Win7 I don't know how it's returned once again.

Basically, if I tap the ALT key on a focused window (any type) it will become 'always on top'. Prior to Win7 it was CTRL that caused it.

Has anyone experienced such behaviour? I've done a ton of tweaking since migrating from XP over the last few months, but cannot narrow down the culprit.

Cheers!


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19 Apr 2010   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Nope I never encountered that problem. But I never did:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Echo147 View Post
I've done a ton of tweaking since migrating from XP over the last few months, but cannot narrow down the culprit.

Cheers!
There in lies the problem. Needlessly tweaking who knows what.
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19 Apr 2010   #3
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Echo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like it is something similar to what the free program PowerMenu allows, but through the context menu. Do you have it or something similar installed?

Good luck with the hunt.
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19 Apr 2010   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I don't have a fix for you but I have a small utility I wrote that toggles the topmost attribute of the active window. Scroll down this page and look for Topmost Toggle:

Hotkeys

edit: at least it's an easy way to undo it until you find the cause.
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19 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Alt+Shift can do that.
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20 Apr 2010   #6
Echo147

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
 
 

Thanks all for the replies.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
There in lies the problem. Needlessly tweaking who knows what.
I think I'm entitled to customise my own licenced OS


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I don't have a fix for you but I have a small utility I wrote that toggles the topmost attribute of the active window. Scroll down this page and look for Topmost Toggle:

Hotkeys

edit: at least it's an easy way to undo it until you find the cause.
Will have a look at that, cheers


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Alt+Shift can do that.
Interesting if this is a vanilla Win7 hotkey - I wonder if mine somehow has a sticky shift key!
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20 Apr 2010   #7
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Alt+Shift can do that.
Maybe not if his system is broken.
Plus it notifies you of the current state when you toggle it.

edit: also if you are a keyboard combo guy you don't like using the mouse. But if you are mouse-oriented like I am, you don't like to take your hand off the mouse just to hit some hotkey. But that's an interesting combo. I never saw it in any hotkey lists. But being a mouser type I didn't look that hard.
'Always on top' somehow triggered by ALT key-mini-mouse.gif


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20 Apr 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Alt+Shift can do that.
Strange, how does that work?

I can't seem to get a window to always stay on top using that key combination, or am I just missing something again.
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20 Apr 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Maybe I misread something. I learned that here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-Tab

Quote:
With the initial press of Tab or Shift-Tab, the square selection cursor is placed onto the window immediately following or immediately before the active one. If there are no topmost windows above the active window, an initial Shift-Tab wraps the cursor around to the end of the list.
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20 Apr 2010   #10
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Tab <=> Shift Tab is control navigation. For instance the next or previous input box in a form etc..
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