The Case of the Disappearing Start Menu
I was summoned urgently to one of the admin offices to deal with a mysterious problem – every time the user clicked on a menu, it would open, then immediately vanish again.
I walked in, and lo and behold, she could demonstrate the problem perfectly.
“Look, I can click on Start, and it pops up for a second, then disappears! I can’t do any work!”
Restraining myself from commenting on how giddy she must be at actually having an excuse to be in her normal state of ‘not doing any work’, I quickly ascertained the cause of the problem. Leaning over the bomb site that passes for a desk in these parts, I gingerly lifted the pile of class registers off of the top-left corner of the keyboard, releasing the Esc key that was being held down and cancelling out of every menu.
If only they were all that easy…