Windows 10: Backspace key changing last letter to x and then not deleting further

  1.    23 Feb 2018 #1

    Backspace key changing last letter to x and then not deleting further

    A setting has been changed (I suspect by my 3 year old) and now whenever I press the backspace key it changes the last icon to x and then won't delete any further.
    It means I'm having to highlight everything to delete what needs changing.

    I've checked keyboard functions and languages (everything else seems to be working fine) and have checked filter keys which is fine.
    I've gone through all the FN functions and it doesn't seem to be that.

    Any ideas would be appreciated!!
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  2.    23 Feb 2018 #2

    If you run the NirSoft program HotKeysList (free download) it will tell you if the backspace key has had a shortcut associated with it (which is what I suspect is causing your difficulties). Try it and see if anything comes up for backspace. If so, we'll then have to figure out how to cancel that assignment.

    L̶o̶o̶k̶s̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶v̶e̶r̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶a̶ ̶P̶C̶ ̶M̶a̶g̶a̶z̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶o̶r̶y̶ ̶c̶a̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶"̶M̶a̶n̶a̶g̶e̶ ̶Y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶H̶o̶t̶k̶e̶y̶s̶"̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶l̶a̶i̶n̶s̶ ̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶f̶r̶e̶e̶w̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ ̶c̶a̶l̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶H̶o̶t̶K̶e̶y̶ ̶D̶e̶t̶e̶c̶t̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶2̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶f̶i̶g̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶g̶r̶a̶m̶ ̶"̶o̶w̶n̶s̶"̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶a̶s̶s̶i̶g̶n̶m̶e̶n̶t̶,̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶c̶e̶l̶ ̶i̶t̶.̶

    Drat! Looks like Hotkey Detective 2 is NOT free, and isn't terribly trustworthy or reliable, either. It's looking like a Ziff-Davis attempt to extract money from readers and users like us. Sigh. Does anybody know if AutoHotKey (a known, good, working hotkey management tool recommended by many TenForums regulars) can help this person figure out in which program the hotkey may have been assigned? Sigh again.

    PS: sorry for the false lead. I should've chased it all the way to ground before saying anything about it. Sigh yet one more time.

    PPS: I found a SuperUser thread that addresses this issue in Windows 10 with a Visual Studio tool, but it doesn't look like something that will appeal (or make sense) to casual, non-power users/non-developers: keyboard shortcuts - How can I determine which process owns a hotkey in Windows? - Super User. Zounds! This turns out to be a tricky and interesting problem. Your 3-year-old is obviously headed for a future in the computer biz...
    Last edited by EdTittel; 23 Feb 2018 at 10:27.
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