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Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

I have a Toshiba Satellite L850D PSKGEC-00J007 Notebook laptop, running Windows 8.1.

 

I'm having a problem where I can't left click (either with the touchpad or a USB mouse) while holding down any keyboard key other than Ctrl or Shift. In other words, Ctrl+Left Click works, Shift+Left Click works, and holding any key and *right* clicking works, but while holding down any other key on the keyboard, left-clicking does not work.

 

Also, for about 1 second after releasing the key, left clicking still does not work. This is most obvious while playing a game, since I can't hold down a key to move and click the mouse to attack at the same time, since (again) left clicking doesn't work while holding down a key.

 

This feels like some kind of setting that's intended to prevent accidental clicking while typing, but I haven't been able to find anything under Control Panel to disable that option. I've never noticed this issue before, I believe it may have started after updating from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Is there anything I can do about this?

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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

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Issue solved!

 

This actually is a setting, which is located here (Windows 8.1):

 

PC Settings > PC and Devices > Mouse and Touchpad > Touchpad

 

There is an option that reads: "To help prevent the cursor from accidentally moving while you type, change the delay before clicks work."

 

Change this setting to "No delay (always on)".

 

Hope someone else finds this helpful.

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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

 

Thanks for locating that. It's a "feature" of Windows 8.1.

 

   Button clicks for internal touchpads and pointing sticks are not responsive while or shortly after t...


Windows 8.1 introduces a feature that is called accidental activation prevention (AAP). AAP helps ensure that unintended taps while you type on an integrated touchpad are suppressed. When this feature is enabled, taps and clicks from an integrated touchpad or pointing stick are suppressed for a while after the last keystroke..


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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

I have this issue as well on my satellite s55t-a5237. However, when i choose the "no delay" option, all it does is have a shorter delay than the rest of the other options. It states that the "touchpad remains constantly on" but it's not. There still seems to be a delayed response. (ive restarted my pc as well) By the way i'm running win 8.1.

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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

I figured out the issue. In synaptics, theres an option called "smart sense" which you need to disable to receive no delay. To do this, go to personalize-> mouse pointers-> then click the last tab saying "device settings" and it should be there. Thanks, and good luck

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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

Good find!

 

See Joe's message too.

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Re: Can't left click mouse while keyboard key is pressed

Good evening!

Two years into the future, you've helped hundred maybe even thousands of people like me. Who were unable to use wsad and the mouse pad or mouse at the same time. I speak for everyone who has struggled to do so for whatever reason may it be gaming or other. For your answer, thousands of people like me who just see the answer and fix the problem. However today I choose to make a difference and comment! You might not get 1000 kudos because we have to register but I know the thousands of people who see this answer and fixed their problem because of it. For that, we are all thankful. 

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