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Clicking shortcuts on desktop only brings up properties box?

by kegizsftzp / July 10, 2006 6:46 AM PDT

Sometimes when I double click my shortcuts on my desktop the program doesn't open up. Instead the properties window pops up. This is not happening with just one of my shortcuts this is happening with all of them. I usually do a restart to fix this problem and it doesn't happen any more but that is only a temporary fix because it often happens again when I startup my computer. What is the reason for this? Is anybody else having this problem?

Thanks in advance

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(NT) (NT) Using SP2 by the way
by kegizsftzp / July 10, 2006 6:47 AM PDT
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Try This
by Tufenuf / July 10, 2006 7:19 AM PDT
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If Tufenuf's idea doesn't work, what happens when you right
by DarCLew2 / July 10, 2006 11:58 AM PDT
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click on the shortcut? I always click once, not double click. Also, could it be your mouse? Or loose were it is plugged in? Darrell Lewis

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by 1TC / July 10, 2006 1:10 PM PDT

Believe me, most likely it is caused by keyboard. I also get similar problems sometimes. It's related with the SHIFT, CTRL, ATL key status of your keyboard. When this problem occur, just press those keys several times and then the problem will gone. (By pressing, I mean press the SHIFT key, release, press, release, just repeat several times, then the CTRL key , then the ALT key)

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(NT) Thank you very much. Worked beautifully.
by henryhelper2 / March 29, 2014 12:13 PM PDT
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Clicking shortcuts on desktop only brings up properties box.
by Glen_Lawrence / July 28, 2016 7:50 AM PDT
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Pressing SHIFT, CTRL, ATL key was a perfect solution. Win 8.1

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short cut brings property box
by XpresWash / January 17, 2012 3:33 AM PST

Removed Firefox everything went back to normal

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