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14 Aug 2010   #11

Windows 7

Any chance you're using StrokeIt? I find that when I use the close gesture it leads to the alt key sticking. It doesn't do it every time either. Unfortunately none of the alternatives mention in their forums works for me.

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14 Aug 2010   #12
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Hi teamyoyo, instead of double clicking a folder/file to open, have you tried to use single click? Which is in 'Folder Options'?

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14 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7

Just tried it and the alt key still sticks. I believe it's a problem with Strokeit (and maybe other programs) not properly releasing the alt key. It's easy enough to clear by pressing the alt key but it's a pain in the pi gu especially when you try and type.
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30 Jul 2012   #14

Windows 7 Pro 23 bit

I didn't see any final solutions here.
I've got the same issue, but it's definitely nothing to do with my hardware or any settings on my local machine.
I VNC into 2 servers which are running substantially the same setup.
Obviously, I'm using the same laptop, touchpad, settings etc to access both servers.
A few weeks ago one of these two servers started doing exactly this - double-click brings up 'Properties' instead of opening.
I checked the mouse settings for the offending server but they're still set to normal right-handed mode, nothing different.
One of Life's Little Mysteries so far.
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30 Aug 2013   #15

Win 7 64-bit Professional

Hi There,

I don't know if this will fix all scenarios but I had the exact same symptoms, mouse settings as normal, properties menu when left clicking any folder.

Fix: Double tap the alt key.

Do this and if still the same try shift + alt.

I joined to post this fix.
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09 Jul 2017   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

That is great tutorial with files by ours Big Bos Irreplaceable Brink: Default File Type Associations - Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums - You need to add / merge only key Default_LNK_(Shortcut).reg It's content is: ======================================================================== Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk] @="lnkfile" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214EE-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{000214F9-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{00021500-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellEx\{BB2E617C-0920-11d1-9A0B-00C04FC2D6C1}] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew] "Handler"="{ceefea1b-3e29-4ef1-b34c-fec79c4f70af}" "IconPath"=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,\ 74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,73,\ 00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,6c,00,33,00,32,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,\ 31,00,36,00,37,00,36,00,39,00,00,00 "ItemName"="@shell32.dll,-30397" "MenuText"="@shell32.dll,-30318" "NullFile"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.lnk\ShellNew\Config] "DontRename"="" [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile] @="Shortcut" "EditFlags"=dword:00000001 "FriendlyTypeName"="@shell32.dll,-4153" "IsShortcut"="" "NeverShowExt"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\CLSID] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Compatibility] @="{1d27f844-3a1f-4410-85ac-14651078412d}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\OpenContainingFolderMenu] @="{37ea3a21-7493-4208-a011-7f9ea79ce9f5}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}] @="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\DropHandler] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile\shellex\IconHandler] @="{00021401-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\InternetShortcut] "IsShortcut"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\piffile] "IsShortcut"="" [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WSHFile] "IsShortcut"="" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons] "29"=- [-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.lnk] [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.lnk] "FileOperationPrompt"="prop:System.ItemTypeText;System.FileOwner;System.Author;System.Title;System.S ubject;System.Comment;System.DateModified;System.Link.TargetParsingPath" "FullDetails"="prop:System.PropGroup.Description;System.ItemTypeText" [-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk] [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk] [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.lnk\OpenWithProgids] "lnkfile"=hex(0): ========================================================================= - And LogOff !!!! Restart explorer don't helps That is all except if you remoce, desktop shorcuts will resset to windows default, that it's annother problem what many software tweaks can repair, but only one without restart:shorcut editor from windows club, this part of set now, but i send it as attachment !!!

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