Lightroom: 3.6: Metadata controls intermittently missing/inconsistant

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I'm currently using Lightroom 3.6 64-bit and am finding some strange behavior in the image "Metadata" section. The first thing I noticed was that sometimes entering a title didn't take all the time. I would type in the title and press [enter] and it would reset back to being empty. I restarted LR and it worked fine.
Next, while entering a title and pressing [ctrl]+[left/right], the picture would change instead of the cursor shifting back and forward between words (as it would in any standard text editor).
Finally, the last thing that really got me here reporting a problem was buttons disappearing. In my case, an image was showing "Metadata status: Has been changed", but the small icon (with the three dot-dashes) next to it was missing. I had to use the mouse context menus to save the changes. Restarting LR restored the button to where it was.





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Next, while entering a title and pressing [ctrl]+[left/right], the picture would change instead of the cursor shifting back and forward between words (as it would in any standard text editor).

That's by design.
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But there are other keystrokes that make this confusing. I can see how the ability to go to the next photo and remain in the text field is useful for rapid editing/tagging/etc, but then there are other keystrokes that confuse this behavior.

While in a text field, pressing [ctrl]+[shift]+[left/right] highlights the words forward or backward from the cursor position you start in. This inherently suggests that [ctrl]+[left/right] would move the cursor, not the picture.

While not editing a field, pressing [alt]+[left/right] switches the picture in addition to the [ctrl]+[left/right] control. Why can't [alt]+[left/right] change photos while inside a text field, and leave [ctrl]+[left/right] to move the cursor around?