This is a Windows XP Pro problem but I cannot redirect it there because of my problem with not being able to access drop down menus. The explanation follows.
I cannot access anything on the Quick Launch toolbar.
When I left-click on any of the three visible icons nothing happens.
When I right-click on them I get the context menu so I can open the software.
When I left-click the arrow, to access he remainder of the quick launch items, the list quickly flashes and then disappears.
In the system tray, the same thing happens when I left-click the ‘links’ list.
I can access everything in the system tray except for the ‘links’.
On the Start Menu, any item showing here can be accessed with left-click, except anything on the ‘All Programs’ toolbar. I have to use the right click context menu to access anything here.
I restarted the computer but am experiencing the same problem.
In Firefox, I cannot access any command on the very top toolbar (File, Edit, History, Bookmarks, Tools, Help). Also, I cannot close any tab unless I use the right-click context menu.
In Word, I can access all of the commands on the very top toolbar, only if I hold the left-click button so that the full menu shows (not the abbreviated menu). Also, when I click on a document, to access it after being in another program, instead of just bringing that window to the front, the document tabs to wherever I clicked. Never did this before.
In Word Spell Check, all button presses are ignored. Can only close that window with the ‘x’ in the upper right corner and cannot update my dictionary.
In Excel, the same as for Word.
Another odd thing, when I click on a window, to bring it on top, the entire word, where the cursor is positioned when I click, is highlighted. This never happened before. Previously the window came to the top without any action taking place in the window. This now happens in the Firefox browser and in Word. If I don't click directly on a word in Word then a new tab is created and I have to ctrl-Z to remove the new tab position. This creates an extra step to take before I can begin typing in Word.
Ran AVG for viruses. No threats found.
Today is the first time these odd things have ever plagued me.
Can anyone shed some light on what might be causing this?
Since I cannot access any drop down menu, even on this 'Add New Topic' page, I cannot 'pick a section' therefore this request for help will be posted incorrectly in the Windows Vista section instead of in the Windows XP sections where it belongs. Sorry for this little problem.