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I have a very simple macro that opens a text file based on a server. It works just fine. I have copied it to a new macro using copy and paste (to add more instructions) and it no longer works. Specificallly, the text that the macro uses to open the file changes. So the

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This comes out in the open file dialog as "||EMIS**)"|PRACTICE|REPORTS|X_PATIENT_ID>RTF"


I thought it had to have something to do with caps lock - but inserting Caps Off doesn't change it & as I say, these are two identical macros (apart from their name and some disabled commands in the new one)


Any ideas?

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It does appear that the keyboard is shifted. This does not look like a Caps Lock issue. If it were, the numbers would not be altered. It looks more like a Shift Lock (if there is such a thing). Could there be a Shift Lock setting in the application you are using?


I recommend that you check for a Shift Down that is missing a Shift Up.


You didn't describe your computer system or what you are using to activate this macro. We have had a report of a similar problem from a company using Macro Express in a Citrix/Windows Terminal Services environment. If they assigned their macro a hotkey of Ctrl+b then the control key was down inside their macro. What was happening is that the macro started sending keystrokes before Citrix/WTS had received the Ctrl key up message that is sent when the user released the Ctrl and B keys. If I recall correctly they may have also had a similar problem with Shift+b.


If this is the cause, Here are some possible solutions:

  • You may have success adding a small delay at the top of the macro.
  • You may be able to add a Shift Up command at the top of the macro. The syntax checker may complain about a mismatched Shift command so you may need to do a Shift Down followed by a Shift Up.
  • If the problem is caused by a shifted hotkey, try reassigning the hotkey to something without a shift. You may need to avoid control as well.
  • Look for a setting in the application that deals with the shift key.

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