Strange Transient Icon Results From Entering Alt-F10


  1. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Ver. 22H2 Build 19045.3448
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    Strange Transient Icon Results From Entering Alt-F10


    I am running Win 10/Pro x64 Ver. 20H2 19042.804 The 'second' profile applies to this post.

    I'm configuring a 'new' machine and experiencing unexpected behavior when I enter Alt-F10. A small transient icon, a small black box with a blue thermometer and a number (I've seen 98 and 100) appears for 2-3 seconds in the upper left corner of the display. I captured it as a Screen Dump.

    I first noticed it when I tried to enter Alt-F10, the command used to configure the file manager program, ZTreeWin. See attached image.

    I subsequently determined that the same behavior applies when I enter Alt-F10 and the desktop is the only display. If I select F-10 alone the thermometer has an X below.

    I am using a Logitech Ergo 860 wireless keyboard with a USB dongle installed in a blue USB 3.0 port.

    The Ctrl-Alt-Del does open "Lock, Switch user, Sign out, Change a password, and Task Manager," so the Alt key is working

    The F-10 key alone also opens almost the same transient Icon, a black box with a 'blue thermometer' with an X at the bottom.

    I tried substituting an old PS/2 keyboard but it was not recognized. Perhaps this is because it lacked drivers?

    The 3 attached images to show the 'icon' I'm talking about.

    Can anyone suggest a way to get an 'honest' Alt-F10 from this keyboard? My searches suggest that MS call it an 'unassigned' function key.Strange Transient Icon Results From Entering Alt-F10-fullscreendump_021521_resized.jpg
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    Last edited by baumgrenze; 15 Feb 2021 at 22:52. Reason: Substitute better image
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  2. Posts : 14,213
    Win10 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home, Win7, Linux Mint
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    On several of my Notebooks that 'thermometer' or slider is for the volume setting, different from the slider on the Action Center on the Notification Area by the clock. When active it usually disappears after a bit, the X indicates the speakers are muted.
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    It's the volume control. Appears after you adjust it +/- then disappears. There's a regedit to adjust the time it stays up but it's harmless. Here's mine-
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Strange Transient Icon Results From Entering Alt-F10-screenshot_1.jpg  
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  4. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Ver. 22H2 Build 19045.3448
    Thread Starter
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    Thank You For the Explanation - How Can I Free Up F10 For My Use


    Thank you both for your explanation.

    Does it make sense to you that it would be triggered by F10 and its combinations?

    If so, how do I disentangle it so that F10 can serve the use I prefer?
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
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    baumgrenze said:
    Does it make sense to you that it would be triggered by F10 and its combinations?
    If so, how do I disentangle it so that F10 can serve the use I prefer?
    Only if there are volume symbols on your keyboard keys or 'multimedia' keys such as volume are mentioned in your manuals [computer, keyboard].

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 191
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit Ver. 22H2 Build 19045.3448
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       #6

    Thank you, Denis!

    Your suggestion sent me back to yet one more search for a keyboard manual.

    I registered with Logitech and was finally able to find one that explains the function of the Fn lock switch key. In keeping with Logitech logic this is installed so that the function keys are media keys. Perhaps this is the Apple convention? Once I turned them into proper Function Keys as we all know them everything worked.

    As Fred Rogers' mother said, 'look for the helpers!'

    Stay safe, the world needs as many folks who help others 'see the obvious' even when it is in a haystack.
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