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I just got a new work computer and am being driven nuts by this odd quirk.

When I'm in Internet Explorer, I'm used to right-clicking on a link using my mouse's touchpad (to bring up the right-click context menu with one option being Open in New Window) and then hitting the "N" key and it would open the link in a new window.

However, what's happening for me now is that I right-click and the menu appears and then I press the "N" key and it HIGHLIGHTS the menu command, but I have to press Enter to make it execute - I know it's a small thing, but I'd really prefer not having to go through the 2-step process.

However, if I right-click and type "O" for Open, it runs that command (actually runs it, rather than highlighting the entry in the context menu) just fine.

Any ideas about how I can change this functionality - Maybe it's a synaptics touchpad issue, maybe an internet explorer issue, maybe I just need to change something in the registry??

My system is Woindows 7 x64 running IE8.


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If you hit 'N' multiple times does it highlight some other menu item? – Karan Apr 16 '13 at 23:22
It does! Darn it!!! - "Send to OneNote" - I gotta get that option off!!!! – John Bustos Apr 17 '13 at 12:58
@Karan, It did work!!! - I actually removed it from the registry, but it worked like a charm!!! - THANK YOU!!! Please do add it as an answer below! – John Bustos Apr 17 '13 at 13:19
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As per the comments above, the problem was caused by the Send to OneNote context menu option which also used the letter 'N' as the shortcut key. To remove it:

  1. In IE go to Tools / Manage Add-ons / Toolbars and Extensions and disable the Send to OneNote BHO (Browser Helper Object) if it's listed.

  2. If the above doesn't work, open the registry editor (Start / Run / regedit), navigate to the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt\Send to OneNote key and delete it.

    (Random image found on some site so wrong item is highlighted, but you get the idea. :)

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AWESOME @Karan!! - Thank you again!!! – John Bustos Apr 17 '13 at 14:05
You're most welcome! :) – Karan Apr 17 '13 at 14:17

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