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Delete button doesn't delete

by ksteil / July 15, 2005 10:32 AM PDT

My delete button seems to have stopped doing its job.
I have to highlight and backspace to get rid of phrases or words I want to delete.
What could be wrong?

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This sounds like normal operation to me
by Steven Haninger / July 15, 2005 10:47 AM PDT

You did not provide any information about your system or the program(s) you are using which need to use the delete function but, AFAIK, that's how delete works. The same goes for removal of files and folders. You need to ''tag'' your target for deletion. Highlighting is just tagging it. The backspace just removes the last character. How were you deleting things without highlighting them?

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Delete button doesn't do its job
by ksteil / July 16, 2005 2:43 AM PDT

one of the ways I delete is by placing the cursor in front of a phrase I want to edit and pressing delete. Everything after the cursor disappears.
For instance, had I written 'everything after the cursor disappears from view' and I just wanted it to read 'everything disappears' - I place the cursor behing disappears and press delete to eliminate 'from view' in one step.
If it is a whole paragraph+ I want to erase, I do use two steps, highlight and then press delete. But for only a word, or a remainder of a phrase, I find it quicker to just press delete.
I realized yesterday of how much easier I find it to make changes that way, when it suddenly didn't work and I had to resort to backspacing (for a single letter or a few) or selecting a section and then backspacing to get rid of it.

Also, I couldn't delete an extra line I may have entered, i.e. between paragraphs. If I want to eliminate the line between ...of it. above and ...Also, I would just place my cursor behind and press delete to tighten up the space. I couldn't do that, either.

Hope that I explained my dilemma a bit better this time. BTW, what does AFAIK mean?

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Delete key not working ?
by Papa Echo / July 16, 2005 1:33 AM PDT

If you highlight what you want deleted and then press the Delete key, it doesn't work. What if you go to the Edit menu and choose clear, delete, clear contents, delete contents, etc. ? And you have to highlight before you can backspace ?

One possibility is that something is wrong with the keyboad's Delete key. Try pressing a little bit harder, or striking it a few times in quick succession.

BTW, does it happen everywhere you can type or input text -e.g. here in this forum, word processors, Wordpad, Notepad, Paint..etc. ?

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delete key not doing its job
by ksteil / July 16, 2005 2:22 AM PDT

Thank you both for your prompt replies.
I turned my computer on this morning and it is responding the way it should again.
It must have had a bad day yesterday.

What was happening was that whenever I placed my cursor in front of a letter, word, or phrase I wanted to edit and pressed delete. No response.
I was using Outlook Express for e-mails when I first noticed this. It also happened for my messages in this forum.
I had to highlight and then backspace to remove anything I had written and wanted to change.

I was also unable to close (X) out my internet pages.
They would just not go away, but everything is fine again today.

I thought of the delete key gone bad as well, but was hoping for an easier solution.
Thank you both again for your interest.

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