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So, I'm gradually getting the hang of the Kinesis Advantage Pro keyboard that my wife bought me for Christmas. I love it so far. But something very strange happened today. (Note: I actually have no idea if this problem has anything to do with the Kinesis keyboard per se. All I know is that I never encountered this problem until after replacing my old keyboard with the Kinesis.)

It seems that if I press an F key (e.g., F2), the computer starts acting like I'm holding down the Ctrl key. For example if I click on a link in my web browser, it now opens in a new tab. Or if I hit A all the text in the document I'm editing gets selected. This behavior persists until I manually hit the Ctrl key again.

Has anyone seen anything like this before? What could cause such behavior?

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Oh my HEAVENS that is an ugly keyboard. I hope it helps with your RSI. (I hope you have RSI because oh my HEAVENS that is an ugly keyboard.) – Shinrai Jan 5 '11 at 19:01
@Shinrai: You hope I have RSI? That's pretty messed up! – Dan Tao Jan 7 '11 at 23:17
ohmygodi'msosorry D: But uh what I mean is that I can't think of any other excuse to use that. It's like diabetic footwear or something. :) – Shinrai Jan 8 '11 at 1:43
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OK, turns out I just needed to read the manual.

The Kinesis Advantage Pro has macros that are accessed via the F keys. I don't know if some came pre-installed on my keyboard, or if I accidentally defined some myself. In any case, the solution was to clear my keyboard's memory by holding down Progrm + Shift + F10 and waiting for the lights on the board to stop flashing. That did the trick!

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