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Unable to Highlight Text

Recently (within the last 2 weeks), I have come across the problem of being unable to highlight text to copy. Sometimes it will highlight parts of what I am trying to highlight, none of it or it just won't work. It doesn't matter if I am in a file, Nero, internet, e-mail, etc. Nothing works. I contacted Mircosoft to no help. I have Windows Vista.

I've googled this problem and nothing.

Does anyone have a solution?

THANKS for helping!!

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  • ljaygould May 11, 2010

    Several troubleshooting questions:

    1) Does this happen in EVERY application, or just some? Try going into Notepad (click Start and type "Notepad" and it should come up) and either creating a new file or opening an existing .txt file - can you select there? It's about the simplest Windows-based program around.

    2) If the problem is in Internet Explorer, can you try downloading Firefox and seeing if the problem is there too?

    3) If you have Word, try the same test there.

    4) Whichever application (even if it's ALL applications) it's happening in, TRY selecting some text, copying and then pasting it into Notepad (still open from #1 above, or re-open it). Note what the result is, and let me know.

    If you're able to get the full phrase or paragraph pasted, the problem is likely with your VIDEO CARD OR DRIVER which is not properly displaying what you're doing! Let me know how this goes and whether you can solve from here, or whether you need additional help.


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The problem might be something different. I  have seen this quite a few times. It has to deal mostly with malware. Download, install and scan with a good malware remover like malwarebytes' free anti-malware ( )

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