Mystery "stuck key" issue

  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 / Debian Jesse

    Mystery "stuck key" issue

    Hi there everyone!

    My daughter was playing WoW with me a couple nights ago when all of a sudden her mouse and keyboard started acting oddly. The best I can explain it is that Windows thinks she's pressing the CTRL or Windows key. I am sharing a potato video to explain some. Basically, she can't type anything because most of what she types acts like a hotkey.

    Phone video of issue

    In that video, she entered the cursor into the URL bar. Typing g brought up a search box, typing o brought up a file explorer, scrolling the mouse wheel resized the icons in the file explorer.

    These are not the only issues, they are just a demonstration of what is happening when she tries to use most of the keys.

    We have swapped the keyboards and the issue has persisted with the second keyboard (first was wired, second is wireless). The mouse is a Logitech MMO mouse with the numbers on the side but the issue persists even when the mouse is unplugged.

    I'm not sure what could have possibly occurred when this issue began other than some unfortunate keypress that has changed some weird setting.

    I would love some assistance as we're out of ideas short of a reinstall of Windows. We tried to get the Windows version for you but her typing winver opens various boxes instead of showing the expected result.

    thanks for your time!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,843
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Hi, sounds like a stuck CTRL key, but you've swapped the keyboard...

    See this discussion for some ideas:
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 / Debian Jesse
    Thread Starter

    dalchina said:
    Hi, sounds like a stuck CTRL key, but you've swapped the keyboard...
    Yes, we've swapped keyboards and ensured that the first keyboard was unplugged from the computer but the issue persists.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,843
    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    Post above updated... -it suggests looking at Ease of Access e.g.


    and more if you Google (e.g.)
    stuck CTRL key
    Last edited by dalchina; 20 Mar 2020 at 01:50.
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  5. Posts : 264
    Windows 10

    I would take a look at the Accessibility options. Something could have been changed by accident.
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  6. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Home

    this may sound obvious, but have you checked that sticky keys is off?
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