My keyboard is opening different tasks. E open Explorer, F opens search, D showing Desktop

Today I had a quite strange experience with my computer (laptop). While I was playing Starcraft II my commands started to be quite crazy… suddenly when I was selecting individual buildings or made individual tasks, the game started to select all the stuff around and do tasks after tasks with all the selected parts. It was clear for me that somehow my keyboard was stuck (the behavior was like the Shift key is always pressed). I immediately pressed Windows Key + D to show my desktop and the same behavior was performed with my desktop icons. Each time I tried to select something (like click) it was added to my selected stuff.

To unblock the keyboard I simply pressed shift keys, then ctrl keys and after pressing all 4 of them my computer seemed to work fine. So I return to my “peaceful” game.

The strange behavior was actually started when I needed to press different keys. So, when I start typing something into a conversation everything was started to be strange. Different Explorer windows oped-up, search activated, maximize and minimize the game and a suddenly log off. To be honest, my first thought was that I have a virus, something like a RAT software and someone is commanding my computer. But after a moment of fear I had the revelation that all those commands were done by me while the Windows key was somehow blocked. There are a lot of shortcuts in Windows that can trigger those commands. So I pressed the Windows key a couple of times and in that point my computer returned to normal operation.

I can’t explain how can my keyboard got stuck on a couple of buttons at the same time. This was my first and the last time when it happens.

With friendship,Alex

featured image via Andy

How to change Control Panel to Classic View in Windows 7

Control Panel in Windows 7 is more compact and intuitive with categorized actions (options). But for some users this compact way means some additional unnecessary clicks. This is why a more classic view (more like that in Windows XP) is more practical. To change the Control Panel view you have to:

1. Go to Control Panel. Click on Start icon and type “Control Panel” and hit enter or just click on your Control Panel option.

2. Change view from the “View by” option in the top right of the window. Change it from Category to Large all Small icons.

Large icons view:

Small icons view:

How can I find out my Windows Installation Date?

Today one of my friends asked me if I can find out what is his Windows Installation date. This can be find very easily and because some of you may be interested in this I thought to share it with you.

1. Click on Start button, type CMD and press ENTER key

2. Type “systeminfo” in the command line.

A list of information will appear. Look after “Original Install Date:”. And this should be your windows installation date and time. Have fun!

Beautiful Windows User Interface (UI) Concept

theverge.com offered these days a beautiful concept of a Windows interface. Fonts and basics design lines are clearly inspired by Windows 8 “metro” style but it also came with beautiful and creative ideas. I think that this interface can be attractive even to the biggest Apple fans.

This is a desktop concept that I’ve recently put together for fun. I thought I’d post a few screens to see what people here think. The screens include variations of explorer, ie (with a quick redesign of windows.com and bing), media center/player, and skype.

How can I minimize fullscreen games/applications?

That’s a good question from one withsteps.com visitor.

How can I minimize a full screen game if I don’t have a button to click on?

If you are playing a game (like wow, cs, starcraft …) you may need sometime to minimize it. Maybe you need to connect to skype, check facebook, change music or some other reasons. This mean that you may want to do something else on your computer but without exiting your game.

To do that you have 2 possibilities:

1. Hit your Windows button from keyboard

2. Press alt+tab on your keyboard. First press alt and keep it pressed when you press tab and then release both keys.

How I restored my Windows 7 default fonts

Well … it happen to me to have installed on my computer a lot of additional new fonts. Around 2000. Some of them ware installed manually but most of them was found on a collection on the internet. After I installed all this fonts I start to experience a lot of problems with the way some websites and applications were showing information (strange scripts or ugly fonts). The problem was that I replaced some of the default fonts and the only solution was to restore my windows font folder to its default form. For that I followed this steps:

1. I went to C:\Windows\Fonts (C:\ is my Windows drive) and I deleted as much fonts as i could. (ctrl+a to select all and delete key to delete … skipped where the system couldn’t remove the files)

2. Download the default Font folder (.zip file, 183MB):

Download “Windows 7 Default Font Folder” Windows7DefaultFonts.zip – Downloaded 40211 times – 183 MB

3. Extract the content of that folder.

4. Select all the files in the extracted folder (ctrl+a)

5. Right click and select Install

And that’s it. Hope you’ll enjoy. The post picture can be found here.

[UPDATE] In case you need to download Windows 8 Fonts click here.