Extend Selection Won't Turn Off

Discussion in 'Microsoft Excel Discussion' started by Lori, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Lori

    Lori Guest

    We've had this happen on several diff computers. The extend selection gets
    turned on, from what I've been able to determine they do not press the F8.
    They are simply entering data and then use the mouse to select a different
    cell but it's anchored to the cell they were editing. Where ever they move
    the mouse (up, down, right or left) it mearly selects cells, the menu items
    and toolbar buttons can cannot be selected/clicked.

    Pressing F8, Esc, Scroll lock don't clear the anchor.

    I've had to end task on Excel (loosing data), delete the excell11.xlb file
    (this I discovered through trial and error) and reboot the computer in order
    to clear the anchor. Why the toolbar file should be effecting this I don't
    know. But without deleting that file it doesn't clear.

    We have one person this happens to quite frequently any ideas would be helpful
    Lori, Jul 25, 2008
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  2. Any chance it's a sticky mouse.

    Try banging gently on the buttons (including the wheelmouse button if you have

    If that doesn't help, how about swapping (temporarily???) mouses (mice???).
    Dave Peterson, Jul 25, 2008
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  3. Lori

    Lori Guest


    We have all optical mice, we're talking ~10 computers of 200 have reported
    the problem - our people don't use Excel alot. Some have reported the
    problem only once, if it's a bad mouse that would also show up in other areas
    and we haven't had to replace their mice. Good thought though any others?

    Lori, Jul 25, 2008
  4. And nothing good happened when the problem occurred and you banged on the
    Dave Peterson, Jul 25, 2008
  5. Lori

    Lori Guest


    I've had it happen on my computer - once. Trust me, banging the mouse or on
    the keyboard did nothing. And knowing my users as I do, the banging I did on
    my equipment was nothing compared to what some of them can do. (apparently
    it's quite easy to crack the screen on a blackberry....)

    We've looked into sticky keys on keyboards as well, not a problem.

    It happened some time ago for me, I'm in Excel quite a lot - my happy place
    you know - and it hasn't happened since. Still have the same mouse and
    keyboard, both work fine.

    Users haven't reported any other problems related to the mouse, so no, I do
    not believe this to be a mouse issue.

    Lori, Jul 25, 2008
  6. Lori

    Peo Sjoblom Guest

    Peo Sjoblom, Jul 25, 2008
  7. This has happened (and I expect will happen) to me on a very rarely
    basis. I have never recalled how it started nor have been able to
    replicate it.

    In almost every case, I've gotten out of it by switching to another
    application's window and switching back. On one (or was it two?)
    occasions I have to restart Excel. Luckily, it has never required any
    more work.

    As Peo mentioned, you might want to check if an updated (or earlier)
    mouse driver has any effect.
    Tushar Mehta (Microsoft MVP Excel 2000-2008), Jul 26, 2008
  8. Lori

    Lori Guest


    I've been meaning to thank you for the information. My chronic user hasn't
    reported since I deleted the xlb file. But I took a look at the posting and
    compiled a checklist for the next time it happens.

    Lori, Aug 5, 2008
  9. Lori

    Lori Guest


    Found another possibility. I think the user may be turning the sticky keys
    feature on.


    Most of our PCs don't have sound and you know how people can tend to bang
    away on keys. We're still keeping our eyes on this but thought I'd pass the
    information along.

    Lori, Aug 15, 2008
  10. Lori

    Lori Guest


    Thank you again.

    Another user called with the same problem and I ran down my checklist and
    activating the draglog of the wheelmouse and the turning it off did the trick!

    ~Thank you again
    Lori, Aug 26, 2008
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