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Most shortcuts icons are not active and clearly shown . When I click any item[icons] of these which are being listed on the desktop, there isn't any response, although the browsers and programs which are available in start up list are working well. As a result, I have to open any program I need from clicking "start up" button, then I choose the program I want from the shown list.

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to show the desktop by clicking the button for showing the desktop which is located in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem happens, that button doesn't response at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to show the desktop.

I have to restart my computer to fix this problem, and then everything is be fine. However, this problem comes back again after a certain time I don't quite how long it is.

What sometimes causes this problem?
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Thank you so much indeed. I would like firstly to say to you that I am quite surprised that you have missed the message. Is it not saved? Or you delete every reply after replying it.
Most shortcuts icons are not active or clearly shown . When I click any of these listed on the desktop, there isn't any response, although the browsers and programs available in the start-up list are working well. As a result, I have to open any program I need by clicking the "start up" button, and then I choose the program I want from the list shown.

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to be able show the desktop by clicking the desktop button in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem occurs, that button doesn't respond at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to show the desktop.

I have to restart my computer to fix this problem, and then everything is fine. However, this problem returns after a certain length of time.

What can cause this problem?
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Thank you so much indeed. I would like firstly to say to you that I am quite surprised that you have missed the message. Is it not saved? Or you delete every reply after replying it.— Mohamed, I am quite busy. I come to English Forums between classes or at odd free times, and I get many, many emails from EF posters, other forum posters, students and friends. No doubt I miss much: I am not paid to monitor these threads.
Most shortcuts icons are either inactive or not clearly shown . When I click any of those on the desktop, there is no response, although the browsers and programs in the start-up list are working well. As a result, I have to open any program I need by clicking the "start up" button and then selecting the program from the list shown.

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to be able to display the desktop by clicking the desktop button in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem occurs, that button doesn't respond at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to see the desktop.

If I restart my computer to fix this problem, everything is fine. However, this problem returns after a certain length of time.

What can cause this problem?
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I know, of course, that you are not paid. However, this is cooperation from you. I was just asking because I know that technique help us a lot for saving ...etc. So I was marvelled when you said that miss the thread.

anyway,these points which we were discussing before. You said that :"I used to be able to.." indicates a past event. Thus, there is not any consisting between " I am on ..." and "I used to be able to "
As a result, I was inquiring whether or not I could say 'I was on a website........... [..I was displaying the .../ .....I used to display the... ]

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to be able to display the desktop by clicking the desktop button in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem occurs, that button doesn't respond at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to see the desktop.
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I have just said in my last message that:

These points which we were discussing before. You said that :"I used to be able to.." indicates a past event. Thus, there is not any consisting between " I am on ..." and "I used to be able to "
As a result, I was inquiring whether or not I could say 'I was on a website........... [..I was displaying the .../ .....I used to display the... ]

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to be able to display the desktop by clicking the desktop button in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem occurs, that button doesn't respond at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to see the desktop.
Oh, it doesn't bother me. You are frequently on a website, in general, and in past instances you have been unable to display the desktop screen.
Then can I conclude from you speech that I can use two tenses in one sentence, such as mine:
Red colour is past and blue is present.

When I am on a website or inside a window of a program and I have to open a program or folder on the desktop, I used to be able to display the desktop by clicking the desktop button in the bottom left-hand corner. However, when this problem occurs, that button doesn't respond at all. As a result, I have to minimize all the open windows to see the desktop.

When I eat my food, I used to be able to watch TV.

*** Why do I not say: When I was eating my food, I used to be able to watch TV.
When I was eating my food, I was able to watch TV.

And the same is to my original question.
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You can say any of those, but we do not say 'eat food'; we say 'eat dinner/lunch/a meal'. If you wish to write formally, use the past tense throughout, though none of these examples seems formal.