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Latest Opera Update breaks essential (Ctrl+Shift+Home/End) Windows shortcuts

  • I have been experiencing problems with Word, Excel and other apps when trying to select text from the insertion point to the end or beginning of the file with keyboard shortcut ctrl+shift+end. At first I thought it had to do with customization of Word and other MS Office apps, but now I have finally been able to isolate the problem: the shortcut does not work when Opera is running and as soon as I close it, text selection goes back to normal.

    My opera version is 63.0.3368.94 and I just disinstalled and reinstalled it, to no avail. Any help with this would be appreciated because sometimes I have to work with Office apps and Opera at the same time and the glitch is really annoying., Thanks in advance

  • Solution!

    Settings > Advanced > Reset Settings > "Restore settings to their original defaults"

    Worked for me, version 63.0.3368.94

  • @108ka108

    This absolutely works! After "Restore settings to their original defaults" you have to close Opera. You can then reopen it.
    Thanks @108ka108!

  • @108ka108 Yes, this method works in Opera 63.0.3368.94 for the old profile. But there is also a disadvantage - аfter "Restore settings to their original defaults" the installed extensions are removed.

  • This is something that started some days ago (I'm not sure when), but I recently realized it's Opera to blame.

    I frequently use Ctrl-Shift-Home and Ctrl-Shift-End to "select everything to the beginning/end", but when Opera is running, this shortcut just does nothing. Despite I'm in another browser, or in Notepad, Word, etc., the shortcut just doesn't work. Using only Ctrl or Shift with Home/End works, but not the three keys at the same time. As soon as I close Opera, everything works as expected.

    I checked Opera's shortcuts but none has these key combination. Still if it was there, it should not affect other applications.

    Does this happen to anyone else?

    I'm using version 63.0.3368.94 (the latest as of today) on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (fully updated).

  • This post is deleted!
    1. Run Opera
    2. Run any other browser
    3. Try to use ctrl-shift-del to call the clear history window - try both in Opera and in the other opened browser

    Result: clear history window is not showed in all the browsers currently running. Works fine after the Opera is closed.

  • Hi,

    I just noticed that Oper is blocking two (may be more) key combinations I use frequently:

    Ctrl + Shift + End (select text in a text control down the end of the text)
    Ctrl + Shift + Pos1 (select text in a text control up the beginning of the text)

    Whenever Opera is running those two key combinations can't be used anymore in any Windows application (tested on multiple Windows installations)!

    This only happens on my active profile, a new profile doe snot show this effect. Now I am trying to find out which setting in Opera causes this effect. I already tried to reset the key combinations in the opera settings but seems that this something else. The extended key combinations are also disabled.

    As there is no export function to migrate the relevant settings to a fresh profile and I don't want to lose these key combinations with my current profile I am stuck.

    Does anybody has an idea what Opera setting could cause this effect?

    What I already tried (without effect):

    • Uninstalling all extensions
    • Resetting the key combinations in Opera settings
    • Resetting the flags in opera://flags
  • Hello, please fix this problem asap. It's unacceptable that Opera settings affects other Windows apps.

  • @alobpreis @dimadimadimatest @jpstotz
    Yes, what you are describing is exactly the problem of this post. We are all waiting for a fix.

    Here another workaround:

    1. Open Opera
    2. Press SHIFT+ESC (this opens the Opera Task Manager)
    3. End process "Extension: Video Handler"
    4. Repeat step 3 (because it is restarted once)


  • Very good finding, @notdifficult!! It worked like a charm, thanks!!

  • Hi

    I really like Opera and want to continue to use it, but it eliminates the ability to use commands such as control + shift + end and control + shift + home in other programs.

    If you shut down the video handler extension these commands work again.

    Could you please fix, I use these commands dozens of times a day and this is a really annoying bug.

    I'll give it another week but then I'm just going to uninstall, it's too annoying to deal with.

  • Is this ever going to get fixed? Breaking critical functions outside of the Opera browser is problematic at best

  • Yea, I'm tired of killing that "Extension: Video handler" thing that messes up my vital shortcuts. This is better to be fixed ASAP.

  • @rfj1862 said in Latest Opera Update breaks essential (Ctrl+Shift+Home/End) Windows shortcuts:

    Is this ever going to get fixed? Breaking critical functions outside of the Opera browser is problematic at best

    Opera fixed this a while ago. It no longer puts the troublesome entries in the Preferences file. But, if the entries are already there in the preferences file from a version of Opera that had the problem, you'll have to remove them yourself or the issue will never be fixed for you.

  • Thank you, burnout426! I edited the Preferences file and removed the whole commands section, and that solved the issue. Although I see that someone else also recommends just changing all these shortcuts to global: false.

  • @alobpreis said in Latest Opera Update breaks essential (Ctrl+Shift+Home/End) Windows shortcuts:

    Although I see that someone else also recommends just changing all these shortcuts to global: false

    Yeah, you can do that instead if you want so that you can still use the shortcuts in Opera. However, the commands are not there at all in a fresh install/profile in current versions of Opera, so removing them would be best so that you're matching the current state of things and not relying on something that may keep working.

  • So if I uninstall Opera and reinstall it, it will be fixed? I don't really have the time to figure out editing the preferences file or whatever.

  • @rfj1862 said in Latest Opera Update breaks essential (Ctrl+Shift+Home/End) Windows shortcuts:

    So if I uninstall Opera and reinstall it, it will be fixed?

    Only if you choose to not keep all your data when you uninstall. Instead, goto the URL opera://about, take note of the profile path, close down Opera and rename/delete the profile folder. It'll delete all your bookmarks, extensions, passwords and settings etc. so you're starting over completely. That's why editing the Preferences file is easier and better. But, you can wipe out the profile instead. No need to reinstall Opera itself.

    If you don't mind losing your extensions where you have to reinstall them, you should be able to goto the URL opera://settings/reset and reset Opera.

  • Thanks for your help, I really do appreciate it.

    I don't have time to figure that out so I guess it is goodbye Opera until this actually gets fixed in a reasonable manner.

    It's unfortunate that Opera has broken this functionality for everyone, or at least every Windows user. It's not really acceptable, especially since it is affecting programs globally.