OT:Vanishing Typed Articles.

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My Problem. I am a two finger typist. I type fast enough (40wpm) for what I need to do but I need to have my eyes on the keyboard to type. Every now and then a finger will slip and half an hour of a well thought out (to me anyway) argument will vanish into the blue screen of death. Since I wouldn't know when I had dumped the article until I look up from the keyboard there is no way I would have noticed which keys(s) I had hit when that vanishing act happened. All I can say is that its probably one of the special function keys (Alt, Ctrl) on the bottom of the keyboard that I must have hit by mistake. Or is it the glide pad and click keys of the laptop?
Does anyone know what possible combination of keys I must have hit to suffer the loss of my work?
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3-fingered typist (well, 5 if you count thumbs for the space bar and such) and I'm one of those people who watch the keys instead of the screen.
What you might have done is always inconsequential, since nothing gets trashed unless you intentionally trash it (and often not even then, because you have to intentionally empty/delete your trashcan). Just use your operating system's "search" fuction to see where the "zapped" file ended up, resurrect it, and go back to typing amazing arguments.
That is, provided you *do* basic disaster-proofing stuff like naming your file when you create it and regularly saving your work as you go on.
AJS
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You should get better in time .
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All I can say is

inadvertently hitting CTL and A will select all of your text; the very next key you hit will replace the selected text, thereby wiping it out.
Try it out with a simple experiment, and I'm sure you'll see.
With many programs (Word, etc) there's an Undo button, but not with any browser I'm familiar with. Just be careful with that CTL button. You're probably mistaking it for the shift key.
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Thanks everyone for your responses.
Ask the right question and somehow the problem is better defined and with the feedback points to an explanation and perhaps a solution.
I use a desktop as well as a laptop.
I don't have that great a problem losing work when done in an MS Office Suite program. "undo" is often all that is required to recover the work. My problem is when I write emails and arguments in freeware limited feature programs. The arguments are mostly political or current events, to newsgroups and the arguments are developed as I go along. When that, emails or arguments, disappear before I get to send it its gone for good. Its just not worth rewriting it and often the rewrite is never as good as the original. Maybe its "it seems a good idea at that time" argument but that's another story.(grin) One remedy, is of course, to write the argument in MS-Word first, and spell check too, but the majority of my posts are one or two paragraphs and not worth the bother. On longer articles, by the time I think I should transfer to MS-Word often a "disappearing article" event happens.
What happened with "disappearing articles" I think is, somwhere during typing a block of text or the whole text is highlighted. Once I hit the next key the highlighted block is replaced with that single letter or, if I hit the spacebar, a blank page. The freeware programs do not include safeties like "are you sure you want to replace/delete?"
On the desktop I'm not sure how the text gets highhlighted by mistake but one possibility is that I nudged the mouse somehow and the cursor jerks and pans the text body. And maybe its one of the wrong keys (Alt) I could have hit by mistake.
On the laptop the plastic bezel that is on either side of the glide pad is flexible and activated the mouse functions should I rest the bottom of my palm on the surface. As a two finger typist I often do support that part of the hand on this surface when I am typing or when I change from typing to use the glide pad. Typed text often gets garbled or deleted this way. For important documents I'll use the Office Suite. For the rest I'll live with the gossipy disappearing posts.
On the blue screen of death it was on the desktop only. In the middle of a piece of work it would reset itself. Number one son (he works in another city from across the continent) spent three days over Christmas troubleshooting while trying to install WinXP and had to settle for Win 2000 as the only stable platform. Its mostly stable now and until it makes me tear my hair out there is no way I will spend time to reinstall or upgrade anything on that PC anytime soon. It still does weird things on occasion and we think it probably a SIMS memory problem. But there's no way I'll go through that 3 day agony again over an occasional glitch.
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No combination of keys pressed should cause a "Blue Screen of Death" on a healthy system.
Either your operating system or word processing program is corrupt.
The thing is is that it probably would happen even if you weren't typing.
You either need to un and reinstall your word processor or save all your data and reinstall your operating system.
Just so you know I fix computers for a living and see this kind of thing all the time. Most people think that I can just fix their computer by just pressing a few keys, but in the long run you are better off just saving all your data and reinstalling the operating system. Windows is a very complex system with 1000's of files and trying to diagnose problems like this is a waste of time. You could have a virus, tons of spyware or any of a number of other problems.
It could also be a hardware problem. You also say that you are using a laptop. The hardware on laptops breaks at a high rate than on desktops.
If you are computer novice then you will probably need the help of someone who knows how to install an operating system.

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Here's a freeware clipboard saver I have used for years.
http://www.yankee-clipper.net/index.htm
If periodically you <Ctrl>A and <Ctrl>C it can save a lot of retyping.
-- Mark
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I can't comment on what kills it off. But, I can comment that you oughta click "file" and then "save as" and name the document. Then every five minutes or so, click "file" and then "save", which will save to disk the most current version.
This will cut your losses.
I've had machines do this to me, and it is quite frustrating.
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Christopher A. Young
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I think the problem comes from inadvertent dragging of a digit near the glide pad. I find an inadvetent touch selects a piece of typing and then it gets deleted. You could try an exercise to test this idea.
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