Microsoft KB Archive/174196

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MOFF: Control+Click Causes Program to Temporarily Lose Focus

Q174196



The information in this article applies to:


  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, version 5.0
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, version 6.0
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Macintosh, version 4.0





SYMPTOMS

When you press and hold CONTROL and press the mouse button in any of the Microsoft Office programs, the shortcut menu that you expect may not appear. Instead, the program temporarily loses focus and a shortcut menu with a single item appears.



CAUSE

This behavior occurs if all of the following conditions are true:


  • Mac OS 8.0 is installed.
  • Apple Data Detectors is installed.
  • You are using the Contextual Menu Enabler extension.

NOTE: The installer program for Apple Data Detectors (IAD) installs the Contextual Menu Enabler extension that interprets the CONTROL+CLICK combination.



WORKAROUND

The workaround to use depends on the version of Apple Data Detectors that you are using. To work around this problem, determine the version of Apple Data Detectors that you are using, and then use the appropriate method.

To determine the version of Apple Data Detectors that you are using, follow these steps:


  1. Open the System Folder:Extensions folder on your hard disk.
  2. Click to select the Apple Data Detectors folder.
  3. On the File menu, click Get Info.


The version number is listed in the Info window.

Method 1: Version 1.0.2 or Later

To work around the problem, click "Turn off Contextual Menus in <program name>" on the Help menu where <program name> is the name of the Office program that you are using. This allows you to use shortcut menus in the program but makes the functionality of the Apple Data Detectors software unavailable in the program.

Method 2: Version 1.0.1 or Earlier

To work around the problem, disable the Contextual Menu Enabler extension. To do this, follow these steps:


  1. Point to Control Panels on the Apple menu, and then click Extensions Manager.
  2. Click to clear the Contextual Menu Enabler check box.
  3. Click Restart.


NOTE: This makes the functionality of the Apple Data Detectors software unavailable in all of your programs.



MORE INFORMATION

Apple Data Detectors installs an extension called Contextual Menu Enabler that intercepts the CONTROL+CLICK combination and causes the active program to copy the currently selected text to the Clipboard. Clipboard then passes this data to the Contextual Menu Manager.

Apple Data Detectors is manufactured by Apple Computer Inc., a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

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Last Reviewed: November 3, 2000
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