This turns out to be very hard to Google, for reasons that will become clear:

I am using Windows 10. I have several keyboard shortcuts that open various programs. For example Ctrl-Alt-M opens a command window, Ctrl-Alt-N opens a browser, etc. These keyboard shortcuts are defined via the properties menus attached to various shortcuts that point to these programs.

I have spent the past week recovering from havoc wrought by the Anniversary Upgrade, and am down to one thing I can't seem to fix. Since the upgrade, whenever Microsoft Word is open, the above-mentioned keyboard shortcuts do not work. The instant I close Word, they start working again.

It occurred to me that this might be because Word has its own default assignments for key combinations like Ctrl-Alt-M. So I deleted all of those within-Word keyboard shortcuts, but this did not help.

I find this impossible to Google for, because whenever you put the phrases "keyboard shortcut" and "microsoft word" in the same Google search, you get only hits that concern the use of keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word, not other keyboard shortcuts that are affected by Microsoft word.

I've become very reliant on these shortcuts, and (unlike in normal times) am currently working on a project that makes me want Word open all the time. So I'd really like this fixed.

I'll be glad for suggestions.

Update: This just got weirder. When I open MSWord from a command window (as is my wont), the problem occurs. But when I open the exact same .exe file by clicking on it in File Explorer, the problem does not occur. I have verified this through multiple openings and closings of the program. And I have verified that it it really is the same version of Word opening each time: Microsoft Professional Plus 2010 build 14.0.7122.5000.

This is a partial fix to my problem, as it means that I can avoid the issue by training myself to open with File Explorer instead of from a command window. I'd still prefer to really solve it though.

  • Does it matter if word has focus as opposed to another program? Oct 9 '16 at 8:40
  • Could you post the exact command you use to open word in the terminal?
    – Carrein
    Oct 9 '16 at 16:49
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    @birdman3131: It does not matter whether Word has focus. It only matters whether it's open. Oct 9 '16 at 19:21
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    @Carrein: The exact command is "winword" or "winword [filename]". Oct 9 '16 at 19:22
  • How about launching word through the shortcut instead (by terminal)?
    – Carrein
    Oct 10 '16 at 1:00

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