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Keys pressed during Alt-Tab or Steam Overlay Opening are locked in
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Keys pressed during Alt-Tab or Steam Overlay Opening are locked in.

This results in funny phenomenons like Steam Overlay popping up when pressing only Shift after returning in the game from desktop, as the Tab key from the Alt-Tab combo is 'remembered'.


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Steps To Reproduce
  1. Alt-Tab to desktop
  2. Return to the game
  3. For example press the Shift key (with Steam overlay active on default keybind)

Steam Overlay opens, as the Tab key press from Alt-Tab is remembered.

Additional Information

I guess most people use the standard configuration like me: Shift + Tab to open the Steam overlay. But since a few patches it also opens when I try to run (Shift + W) or only press Shift.

You could suspect that this has to do with Steam, but this only happens in ArmA 3. And in addition I am not the only one, some friends have the same problem. Any ideas?

Event Timeline

der_eismann edited Additional Information. (Show Details)
der_eismann set Category to General.
der_eismann set Reproducibility to Random.
der_eismann set Severity to None.
der_eismann set Resolution to Reopened.
der_eismann set Legacy ID to 3537363890.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM

Happens to me when i Alt-Tab in and out of the game as well.

Goomer added a subscriber: Goomer.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM

Looks like the game doesn't get the time to recognize the tab-key-up event before minimizing. I've also noticed that hitting a key (up and down) between two frames (after one frame has finished drawing and before the next is drawn) is not caught. Which means that input is only monitored at certain times (bad, especially for mouse input).

This is so goddamn annoying.
When using Splendid Camera in the editor and alt-tabbing it gets stuck bringing the camera god knows where.
I hope this gets fixed soon or i'll have to disable it.

Renz added a subscriber: Renz.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM
Renz added a comment.Jul 3 2014, 10:35 PM

I can confirm. This happens sometimes when I press shift alone. It only started last week for me.

Could be my computer, but I have left changed my Arma 3 controls and steam controls untouched since May. Possibly a bug? It's a small nuisance when I'm editing :)

I can relate.
It happens to me only when i press shift as well.
The steam overlay stays open just a few seconds then disappears by itself, however it will make the keyboard commands glitch.

SnR added a subscriber: SnR.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM
SnR added a comment.Jul 5 2014, 2:22 PM

Pain in the butt. shift #login ** shift #missions also sets it off too.

Same issue here.

It's hard to find a guaranteed way to reproduce it, but the best method I've found is by:

  1. Start Arma 3 (even to just the main menu screen).
  2. Press Alt + Tab to change application to something else.
  3. Reopen Arma 3 by clicking on it in the task bar.
  4. When back in the game application press Shift. The Screen overlay will pop up.

I was able to reproduce this problem a fair amount of times with these steps.

I think Goomer is right in the above post, in that in step 2 when the tab key is released Arma 3 doesn't capture the event and still thinks it's pressed down when making Arma 3 application active again, thus by pressing shift Arma 3 thinks Tab is still held down, along with shift, popping up the steam overlay.

However I'm not sure whether this is a problem with the Arma 3 application, or the Steam gameoverlayui.exe. So it could be out of BIS control to produce an effective fix for it.

Koala added a subscriber: Koala.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM
Koala added a comment.Jul 5 2014, 6:38 PM

That is not an Arma 3 related problem. Happened to me in other games too.

^ this is a steam issue. seeing this in all my games.

rizon02 added a subscriber: rizon02.May 7 2016, 6:47 PM

It does this for me too after alt-tabbing out. Only in A3.

Koala added a comment.Oct 9 2014, 4:36 PM

Try to change your steam overlay key to a different button (or button combination). That will resolve the problem.

It seems, that sometimes the tab key is virtually "stucked" and if you press shift you will get the overlay.

As I said, I got that menue in other games too after alt-tabbing out.

I get this too. In all honesty, it's not really an issue, just press shift upon reentering the game and then un shift-tab and it won't happen again until you alt-tab again.

Closing this ticket for #22705 (better description).

EDIT: Reverted, the other ticket was not specific enough for this issue.

Took the liberty to improve the ticket.