Goofy unimportant problem...

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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
    DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years ago

    Today, I was commenting on a hub, and my fingers slipped.  I don't know what key or key combination I hit, but afterwards, every single letter "f" all the way through the hub and all the comments (my unfinished one included) appeared highlighted in yellow.

    Any ideas what I might have accidentally hit to cause that? 
    (It did not seem to interfere with anything--it was just kind of a funny thing to have happen.)

    1. Thief12 profile image90
      Thief12posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You probably hit CTRL+F, which activates the "Find" function in most browsers. It might be highlighting every instance of the "F" letter.

      Depending on the browser you use, you can just close the "Find" bar/window, or just empty the search box in it.

    2. profile image0
      sheilamyersposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I do that kind of thing a lot. As long as it isn't affecting anything I'm trying to do, I just ignore it. If you're like me and turn off your computer when you're not using it, the next time you turn it on everything will be normal again.

  2. The Examiner-1 profile image73
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    DzyMsLzzy,
    What browser do you use?

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure which browser I was using when that happened.  I alternate between Chrome and Firefox.  Both have been giving me headaches with hang-ups and crashes lately, hence the switch-offs.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image73
        The Examiner-1posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I have tried both of those browsers with CNTRL+F, ALT+F, WNDWS+F and more - nothing did it. It was just a freak accident.

  3. chasmac profile image96
    chasmacposted 4 years ago

    The reason that Thief12 gave sounds the most likely reason. You must've hit CTRL F then typed F again. Try it now - you'll see all the Fs highlighted.

    1. Jayne Lancer profile image96
      Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      But she must have hit the 'F' twice.

      1. chasmac profile image96
        chasmacposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Yes - that's what I said.

        1. Jayne Lancer profile image96
          Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          "... then typed F again." Of course. smile

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
            DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            But then how do you undo that?  LOL  The only thing that worked was to close the browser and start over.

            1. Jayne Lancer profile image96
              Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Somebody else can correct me if I'm wrong, but if you press the CNTRL+F key combination, the search window appears in Chrome in the top right of your screen, and the bottom left in FF. To remove it, just click on the 'x' as you would to close any other window. When you remove it, the highlighting disappears.

              This search window is very useful, by the way, since it allows you to seek out certain words and phrases on a page.

              1. HeadlyvonNoggin profile image86
                HeadlyvonNogginposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                I bet you're right. Using the 'find' tool, especially if you accidentally hit the 'f', first with a control+f to bring up the find tool, then 'f' again to place an 'f' in the find bar would highlight all the f's on the screen. That's the most likely scenario I can think of.

  4. Billie Kelpin profile image87
    Billie Kelpinposted 4 years ago

    Lizzy,

    That will happen if you drop even something tiny on the keyboard or are leaning on a key.  It's hardly perceptible and you wonder, "What the heck is happening here?" Then it disappears and you don't know why, unless like in my situation, I get a revelation from on high. I wish I could remember the various circumstances that caused that, but I do so many goofy things during the day, I can't keep track of all causational factors (tee hee).

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image95
      DzyMsLizzyposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah...could be I can blame one of the cats for jumping in my lap at an inopportune time....  big_smile
      Or maybe, I need to take the thing out to the shop and blast it out with 120 psi of compressed air....  wink  Those "canned air" aerosols just don't seem to cut it....

  5. Nell Rose profile image90
    Nell Roseposted 4 years ago

    lol! you know, I do really clever stuff like that, but its purely by accident too! and for the life of me I can't figure out how to do them again!

    1. Billie Kelpin profile image87
      Billie Kelpinposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      once we figure that out, we'll be millionaires!

  6. BigBlue54 profile image61
    BigBlue54posted 4 years ago

    It's interesting how all these things put in to help us usually end up getting in the way. My partner has had a problem with her laptop. She will be typing something and the screen will suddenly get larger for no apparent reason.

    The only thing we can think of is it is something to do with the mouse pad. There is a tiny little button in the top left corner and when pressed it then acts like a touch screen and magnifies the screen. I have the same thing on mine but hers seems much more sensitive.

    Oh, the hours of endless fun we have had trying to resolve this issue instead of getting on with what we actually wanted to do.

 
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