Holding down alt key brings up extra letter 'graphics'


  1. SBG
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    Holding down alt key brings up extra letter 'graphics'


    Win 10 Pro

    When I hold down the alt key for a very short time extra graphics pop up with usually a single letter, sometimes 2 letters. How do I stop these extra graphics from showing up?

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  2. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #2

    The idea is that it is showing which keys you can then press in order to do that particular thing - as an alternative to clicking them with a mouse.

    I have never seen any means of suppressing this apart from using some third-party keyboard utility to completely disable all use of the Alt key.

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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    SBG said:
    Win 10 Pro

    When I hold down the alt key for a very short time extra graphics pop up with usually a single letter, sometimes 2 letters.
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    These letters show with the Alt key for any app that a) has a ribbon bar, and b) you have minimised the ribbon. This includes built in apps like File Explorer and Wordpad. It is an aid to show you which key will select a particular action. If you haven't minimised the ribbon, then letters will appear instead for each tab so you can select one from the keyboard.

    In apps without a ribbon such as Notepad the Alt key will underline the letter that selects the action from the keyboard.

    Hide or Show File Explorer Ribbon in Windows 10

    How do I stop these extra graphics from showing up?

    You can't, it's a basic Windows function. But you can press Alt again to make them go away.
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  4. SBG
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    It's definitely not a Windows basic function but rather a MS Office and perhaps other MS programs. I have plenty of programs where holding down the alt key underlines just the letter in the menu text. Most of these can be turned to always on by using the Change How Keyboard Shortcuts Work in the Ease of Access app. Some programs are already set to always underline already.

    The old menus were much better IMO. They looked better and more importantly took up less of my valuable screen real estate. ugh. It is what it is. MS just keeps hogging up my screen space unnecessarily.

    The below 'Home' menu is just terrible looking to me and there is no way to make the extra graphics go away after using the Alt+H keyboard shortcut. Hitting the alt key again makes the menu disappear.

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    SBG said:
    It's definitely not a Windows basic function but rather a MS Office and perhaps other MS programs. I have plenty of programs where holding down the alt key underlines just the letter in the menu text. Most of these can be turned to always on by using the Change How Keyboard Shortcuts Work in the Ease of Access app. Some programs are already set to always underline already.

    The old menus were much better IMO. They looked better and more importantly took up less of my valuable screen real estate. ugh. It is what it is. MS just keeps hogging up my screen space unnecessarily.

    The below 'Home' menu is just terrible looking to me and there is no way to make the extra graphics go away after using the Alt+H keyboard shortcut. Hitting the alt key again makes the menu disappear.

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    It is a basic Windows functions since ages ago. It is actually on the file explorer!
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    SBG said:
    I have plenty of programs where holding down the alt key underlines just the letter in the menu text.
    Yes,
    - applications & Windows components with Menus will get their menu selection letters appearing or just underlined if the menu title is already visible
    - applications & Windows components with Ribbons will get their Ribbon selection letters shown and, for many of them, the individual Ribbon icon selection letters for any currently visible Ribbon
    - applications & Windows components of both types that have a Quick Access Toolbar will also get the QAT icon selection letters appearing

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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    SBG said:
    It's definitely not a Windows basic function but rather a MS Office and perhaps other MS programs.
    I think you will find that the Ribbon Framework is part of the Windows OS. Apps that are designed to use it make API calls to the Ribbon Framework.

    Microsoft said:
    The Ribbon framework DLL (uiribbon.dll) runs in-process and has the same privileges as the host application. The Ribbon accepts only what the host application provides as input or user input from tightly constrained controls such as the spinner and editable combo box.
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...he-ribbon-apis

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