Why does CTRL + V accidentally get disabled in Windows?

Andy December 16, 2011
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Hi

I work with a team that needs to do heavy copy/pasting (ctl+x, ctrl+c, ctrl+v).

Every now and again ctrl+v becomes unusable (though ctrl+x, ctrl+c continue to work).

When I ask what they did last they never remember.

When I log off then on again everything is fine.

Any idea how this happens and how it can be solved without closing all programs? :)

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  1. Andy
    December 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    @Jeff_Fabish:disqus Fidelis: we copy text snippets, so no big file. Should I still try?

    @ha14:disqus We're talking 6 XP PCs and 2 W7 laptops that tend to display the same symptom. OK, not all of them have it, but I have seen it on XP and 7. I'll could try your solution, but this is one of those cases when i suspect a feature (Windows shortcut) is the underlying cause, rather than a bug that survived over 3 Windows editions.

    @all. By the way, given the specifics of the activity we'll actually be on holiday until Jan. So I am unable to run tests till then. But if anyone has ever seen this before, please let me know what you did.

    Thanks all

    • Anonymous
      December 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      reply when you comeback from Hollidays, have great funs.

    • Jonas
      February 11, 2012 at 3:45 am

      I am having the same problem with my windows 7 laptop, and my ctrl key also gets disabled randomly

  2. Anonymous
    December 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

    try this microsoft fixit solution
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/813711

    Go to Device Manager and uninstall (do not click delete also...) the keyboard and reboot
    Windows will renew the driver and reinstal an new one.

    maybe also is a problem of clipboard?

  3. Andy
    December 17, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Fidelis, Jeff, thanks for your follow up.

    The answers are:

    windows XP and 7

    QWERTY, mostly USB but also laptop keyboard

    This happens to several machines. I would not say it happens to everybody, but this makes sense if the cause is an inadeverted combination of keys that gets pushed during the copy-paste process. Several people have literally learned here to use a PC, so mistakes still happen at a higher-than-usual rate. (We are a charity)

    I believe (am not sure) that the mouse still works. But using the mouse would disrupt the flow too much, so I have not tested it thoroughly.

    This tipically happens to several applications at once.

    • FIDELIS
      December 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Hello Andy, Would you say that the files you are copy/pasting are big files?  Sometimes doing the following helps.  Make sure to do it before you start your copy/pasting sessions:

      -- click on start
      -- select Control Panel
      -- select Printers and Other Hardware
      -- select Keyboard
      -- on menu for keyboard properties, click on hardware
      -- select properties
      -- click on driver
      -- click on uninstall and then ok
      -- restart your Computer

      Let me know if it works.

  4. FIDELIS
    December 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Hello, what is your operating system?  What type of keyboard/keyboards are in use?  Does this happen to everybody? or just on the one computer?  Does this happen when you use mouse to copy/cut/paste?

    If you are using a USB keyboard, have you try unplugging it and then plugging it back? Also, have you checked the settings for sticky keys?

  5. Jeff Fabish
    December 17, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Andy,

    Does it happen with any specific application? 

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