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by hucomp / September 9, 2013 9:50 AM PDT

Whenever I try to access a drop-down menu containing numbers or dates, I am getting garbage obscuring the data. This occurs on anything that runs on the computer, programs or the browser, but only when numeric data is to be displayed. I have a screen print but I cannot paste it here.
Do you have any idea as to what is happening and how to fix it?

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I'm afraid my dog broke my crystal ball
by wpgwpg / September 9, 2013 10:08 AM PDT
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Since you didn't mention what version of Windows or what application(s), and given that I don't have a crystal ball, I'm afraid it'll be between difficult & impossible to guess. I will say it sounds like an unusual problem.

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by hucomp / September 9, 2013 2:32 PM PDT

Sorry, I thought I was in the Windows 7 forum so I didn't mention that that is what I am running. Ultimate. And this occurs in any application that uses numeric drop-down menus.

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First try Bob's suggestions, then if that doesn't help...
by wpgwpg / September 9, 2013 10:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Oversight... could try booting to Safe Mode and checking for viruses. Additionally you might want to download Malwarebytes and check with that as well.
Good luck.

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Safe Mode...
by hucomp / September 10, 2013 3:39 AM PDT

Thoroughly checked for viruses and malware but there is nothing there.

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Has anyone tinkered or change system fonts?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2013 10:08 AM PDT
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by hucomp / September 9, 2013 2:33 PM PDT

To my knowledge, no, but who knows. Could be. Where would I check something like that if it affects all applications on the system?

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(NT) You could read the supplied link and set the fonts to stock?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2013 2:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Changes...
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Font change...
by hucomp / September 10, 2013 3:40 AM PDT

Followed the instructions on the link but no change!

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Then it's back to the authors I fear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 10, 2013 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Font change...

I don't see much detail here. Such as Safe Mode, the name of the app, if you rebooted (fully) after the change.

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Drop Down Issue
by livepcexpert7 / September 13, 2013 3:17 AM PDT
In reply to: DROP DOWN PROBLEM....

I had once faced the issue in Microsoft Excel, all numbers had a Flag Symbol. After a few days I started getting junk characters on those drop downs. I was able to resolve the issue after removing Skype as it was the application that started creating the Flags for numbers which had more than 1 specified number of digits.

Try to perform a clean boot of the system so that unwanted applications and services do not start every time. (
If the issue is not resolved then for the next step
I will suggest you to try to create a new user account and check in that account. (
If the issue is not resolved then for the next step
Uninstall the programs that you do not use. (


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