I Can No Longer Highlight Text

Dear Computer Lady,

All of a sudden I cannot copy and paste.

I can highlight but as soon as I take my finger off the highlight goes away.

I write a lot and copy for others. Hope you can help?


Dear Arthur,

It sounds like either the mouse or keyboard is not working right.

If one of the arrow keys on your keyboard was stuck, this would cause your highlighting to go away.

Or, if the mouse button was stuck, it would also remove highlighting.

If you are using a desktop computer, try replacing the mouse and/or keyboard to see if one of them is causing the problem.

If you are using a laptop, you might have to disable the built in touchpad and/or keyboard and plug in a usb replacement to see if that is causing the problem.

Let me know if this helps solve your problem.



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