Single-clicking _sometimes_ produces double-click in IE8

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Mammoth, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. Mammoth

    Mammoth Guest

    A problem has happened yesterday: when using IE8 (latest update), browser
    sometimes takes my normal left-click as double click. Keyword is "sometimes"
    - i.e. this isn't some mouse settings problem. For example, I click on some
    menu (like "Tools") - it drops down (as is should). I click it again - it
    hides. Then I click it again - it shows and hides again in a blink. Or, for a
    change, I click when menu is open - it closes and reopens back instantly. In
    most cases I have to click like 10 times until I get this effect; on the
    other hand, sometimes it goes "stuck", and takes my click as double-click
    several times in the row. Likewise, clicking on window upper bar sometimes
    makes it maximize/shrink (the way it responds to double-click). Clicking on
    "back" button makes browser go 2 pages back, and so forth.

    The funny part starts when I click slowly (i.e. press left mouse, hold it,
    release). Usually it responds the right way: pressing opens menu, releasing
    does nothing. On the other hand, sometimes menu opens when button goes down,
    and closes when it goes up. Sometimes it even opens and insta closes when I
    hold it, and does nothing when I release it!

    This is not a hardware or human problem: it appears using any of 3 mices
    connected to at any of 2 computers, happens when either me or my wife clicks
    it. Moreover, it never happens when I start Windows from a bootable CD.

    The problem never occurs when I just click on icons (single click never
    launches an application) or folders (single click never opens them).

    It still exists when I restart in safe mode.

    I've installed IntelliMouse and checked settings - nothing is wrong, as far
    as I can see.

    This is not a virus/malware problem, most probably: my computers are behind
    a hardware firewall (router), NOD32 is always on and updated, on top of that
    I've just checked my comp with DrWeb and AVZ - nothing is found.

    Disabling all IE addons didn't help either.

    I didn't install any new software lately. However, Adobe Flash Player
    ActiveX has updated itself on both our computers up to v.10 (and yes I need
    it). This is the only reason I can think of atm...

    Windows XP 32, SP3. Core2Quad 2.4GHz, 4Gb RAM, a lot of free disk space.

    Help please! Thanks in advance.
    Mammoth, Jun 17, 2010
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    rob^_^ Guest

    Hide the Command Bar and then restart IE8.

    IE loads the Command Bar and Tools menu lists when it first starts, but also
    reloads the Tools and Help menus when they are clicked. If the Command Bar
    is hidden, IE does not have to re-read the last Command bar layout (users
    can remove buttons so if they have a help or tools menu conterpart, they
    have to be removed from the menu extension also).

    IE8 can also get confused if you have other Addons installed. You can
    disable your addons and restore IE's default settings from the "Reset"
    button on the Advanced tab of Internet Options.

    rob^_^, Jun 18, 2010
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  3. Mammoth

    Mammoth Guest

    Uncheck "View - Toolbars - Command Bar"? It is unchecked (hidden) by default
    - I didn't even realize that it exists until now.
    Ehhe, my post was too long to read it? Disabling addons didn't help either,
    as I've said before...
    Mammoth, Jun 18, 2010
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    Don Varnau Guest

    You've been thorough in troubleshooting this.
    Two wild guesses...
    1. On each computer, tap the Ctrl, Alt and Shift keys briskly a few times.
    2. Run the Flash Player uninstaller from then reinstall Flash Player.
    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jun 18, 2010
  5. You have a problem with your mouse. This is not an issue of IE8.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
  6. Mammoth

    Mammoth Guest

    Neither helped :(
    1. Two keyboards can't go stuck at the same morning, can they?
    2. Problem stays even after uninstalling flash player and rebooting (and of
    course it stays after installing it again). Guess it's not about flash player

    Btw, have I got it right: Microsoft tech support doesn't look in these
    boards? If so, where should I post to attract their attention?
    Mammoth, Jun 18, 2010
  7. Have you loaded the latest IntelliMouse/IntelliPoint drivers?

    You have a problem with the mouse, not with IE8.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010

  8. You can''t attract their attention.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
  9. Mammoth

    Mammoth Guest

    Sorry dude... you really have to learn to read. I've said it explicitly:
    damn crap happens on TWO computers, using THREE mices. And it never happens
    when I load Windows from Live CD!
    Mammoth, Jun 18, 2010
  10. I read fine. There is nothing in IE that would make the mouse clicks go

    You could have a virual enhancement to make the mouse act up, but this would
    not be an IE issue either. Sorry.

    You should work on your People Skills. There's no need to get testy with me,
    or anybody else.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
  11. Mammoth

    Mammoth Guest

    I've downloaded and installed IntelliMouse here:

    As it is an official Microsoft site - I guess it is the latest driver
    package. Also, there is no such thing as "IntelliPoint" in the dropbox... Is
    it just a synonym for "IntelliMouse"?
    Mammoth, Jun 18, 2010
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Rule of thumb that I've learned in these newsgroups: Do not load drivers
    from Microsoft; they often are out of date. Go to the manufacturer's website
    for the latest drivers.

    Jo-Anne, Jun 18, 2010
  13. IntelliPoint might be an old designation. I have some old mouse packages
    that came with IntelliPoint, but they could be using IntelliMouse by now.

    I'd expect the MSoft site to carry the latest drivers.

    I did a search on INTELLIPOINT, and the result in Wikipedia is that this is
    the driver for the IntelliMouse Series of ... So, maybe one is potato and
    the other is potahto.

    I do not think the issue is with IE. I'm not sure what the problem is, but
    I'd very surprised if you report back that IE held the solution. Having said
    that, if the mouse, or software, was the issue, I'd expect other apps to
    exhibit double-click errors also.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
  14. He's using an MSoft Mouse.

    The rule of thumb is a good one, but when the product is from MSoft, there
    aren't many options.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    I'll be more careful in the future!

    Jo-Anne, Jun 18, 2010
  16. No worries.

    Actually, I see he made no mention of the mouse he's using, he only
    mentioned the mouse driver. I assumed he would not get the MSoft mouse
    driver unless he was using a MSoft Mouse.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
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    Mammoth Guest

    I do not think the issue is with IE. I'm not sure what the problem is, but
    That's the trick: no other programs, including Microsoft-made (like Windows
    explorer or Office progs) produce this bug! I'm afraid I'll have to go for
    another browser, finally... Geez, ppl told me to switch Opera or Mozilla for
    years, and I'll have to do it just because of weird bug rather than because I
    think these browsers are better in any way %)

    Besides, I wish I knew if I'm using Microsoft mices or no. They are the only
    understandable things I see are "Made in China" and "Easy Point".
    Mammoth, Jun 18, 2010
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    Retroman Guest


    Genuine Microsoft mice are clearly so marked on the bottom, and show an
    embedded holographic MS logo there as well. My guess is that you have

    Doug M. in NJ
    Retroman, Jun 18, 2010
  19. ANYTHING, and everything, from MSoft will be clearly stamped with Bill's
    logo, usually several times. If there is no clear MICROSOFT logo, you're not
    using MSoft stuff, and the driver may or may not provide acceptable results.
    Jeff Strickland, Jun 18, 2010
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    SC Tom Guest

    EasyPoint is made by Fellowes. Try here for a driver
    See if your mouse is listed. If not directly, then maybe by a similar
    SC Tom, Jun 18, 2010
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