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When I press CTRL, notepad++ starts inserting ETX symbols in the document. (not one, it just starts spamming them). Pressing ALT or SHIFT does not have this problem. Shortcuts using CTRL such as CTRL+S do not work.
I already tried:
Uninstalling and reinstalling, deleting AppData folder, removing all keyboard languages except US international, searching duckduckgo superuser.com portablapps.com the forum and support tickets, deleting all plugins, trying different encodings
By the way it seems to have started after the latest update.
Notepad++ unicode 5.9 built on mar 31 2011 00:24:59
on Windows 7 x86_64
The update to v188.8.131.52 does not fix the problem.
The update to 5.9.1 does not fix the problem.
BTW I was using 5.9.1 until I reinstalled obviously.
I looked it up and [ETX] seems to be ASCII char 4, a control character (for CTRL of course).
Needless to say all the 'show characters' options are off.
this used to happen to me when I was using Virtual desktop manager. Desktop manager would "loose" some modal dialog window (some confirmation dialog, like "Are you sure?"), and then each press to modifier key (like Ctrl, Alt, Shift) would result in inserting random symbol. This was so annoying, I ended up removing Virtual desktop manager from my machine.
BTW, you need to update from here (latest version is 6.5.1):