General keyboard topics, including keyboard hardware and keyboard functionality in software.

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How can I stop Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center from randomly popping up?

I own a cheapo Microsoft keyboard (the Comfort Curve 2000) and wireless mouse (the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000) that I use with my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 8. They can be configured ...
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Are extra USB drivers ever removed from the system? (Windows 7)

On Windows 7 systems, whenever you plug in a new USB peripheral (mouse, keyboard etc.) the message always pops up that a new device has been detected, followed by one stating that drivers are being ...
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PC with Windows 8.1 boots from any key pressed

so I recently acquired and installed Windows 8.1 on my PC and yesterday I noticed that, while my PC is supposedly turned off, I can turn it on by pressing any key on the keyboard. I assume this is ...
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Poor Keyboard battery life solved? [on hold]

Several months ago my wireless keyboard and mouse on imac snowleopard started to drain in a very short time. (week or two) None of the bulletin boards had the answer. My question was, what changed ...
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windows 8.1 - mapping 1 key on keyboard to another [duplicate]

I am the less than happy owner of a Canadian ASUS laptop with a Canadian French keyboard, running Windows 8.1. The left shift key is really narrow and easy to miss. Immediately to its right is a key ...
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MS Sculpt Keyboard calculator/f-keys

I bought a Microsoft Sculpt wireless keyboard and mouse combo a bit ago and am quite happy with the mechanical function of the thing. However, xev doesn't want to report anything from the calculator ...
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OSX macro to simulate holding down mouse button

I would like to setup a keyboard macro on a Mac OSX that, when triggered by a keyboard command, (say ctrl+m), simulates the left mouse-click button being HELD DOWN. When I hit the combination again, ...
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Pressing <shift> + ~ on QWERTY pt-pt layout, on Google Chrome Element Inspector, opens definitions in the console

This is a rather weird bug or annoyance. When I'm writting in the console, on the Element Inspector, and I click <shift> + ~ (to write the ^ character), the definitions show up. I have an ...
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Computer behaves as if Enter button is held down after unlocking computer

Lately I've been having a problem with my computer where, about half of the time when I unlock my computer, my computer acts as if I'm holding down the Enter key. This continues until I unplug my ...
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Logitech keyboard periodically “locks up”

I'm on Windows 7 with a wired logitech G15 keyboard connected via USB. If I hit the left "control" key twice in succession the keyboard goes into haywire mode: The lights on the keyboard that ...
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I/O randomly freezes [on hold]

I have a selfbuilt computer (the best kind!) which has been running extremely well for a computer of such a low specification (see below) since it was built, but recently I have been encountering a ...
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How do I manually talk with a keyboard in Windows 7?

A little background first: I recently obtained a 1985 IBM terminal keyboard and would like to make it function on a modern PC (In this case, with Windows) without the use of a microcontroller. So ...
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How to set Windows 7 backtick usage

Is there a windows 7 setting that governs the application of backticks? I don't know if it is the case on US keyboard layouts (is it?), but on my EN-UK layout if I press the backtick key then a vowel ...
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KVM to/from PCs

Is there a way to send keystrokes and mouse signal to a target machine without installing any type of software (even an OS) on the target machine? I want to do some repair and diagnostics-related ...
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Emulate Keyboard from PC for Playstation 4

I want to control my playstation 4 from my computer, as it would be a ps4 controller. I wonder how this is possible? In the past I found a thread explaining it. It was about to buy a microcontroller ...
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IBus apparently installed itself without my intervention, how do I investigate?

Just now when I booted Ubuntu/KDE, I noticed a "US" icon in the tray which I'm pretty sure wasn't there before. Right-click > About gives me a dialog which says IBus 1.5.8 IBus is an ...
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Windows swap my “SCROLL LOCK” and “PRINT SCREEN”. Why?

I have a PS\2 keyboard attached to my pc. The problem started when I fiddled a bit with MSKLC program, to set some special characters to unused combinations (Like SHIFT + ALT GR + " ' " to make a " ` ...
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How do I change my keyboard layout on linux?

How do I reconfigure my keyboard layout on Linux, so that: Caps lock becomes a modifier key for a numeric keyboard layout on the place of M<>JKLUION. ; becomes a dead key so pressing it ...
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Remap Caps Lock to AltGr/Alt+Ctrl on Windows?

Does anyone know how to remap Caps Lock to AltGr/Alt+Ctrl on Windows 7? Closest I've come to solve it is using SharkKeys, but if I try to map anything with AltGr it says SharpKey doesn't know about ...
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Turn Off Key Repeat Globally

I want to turn off all key repeats when X starts up. I tried adding xset r off to /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc, and to other files in the same area, but this doesn't seem to work. Executing the same ...
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Use different keyboard language than display language

I use Debian 7.7 Gnome fallback. Has anyone managed to have one display language and a different input language in gnome-terminal or Vinagre? I want to have language-specific symbols inaccessible ...
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Can't type Turkish characters in Internet Explorer

I can't type some of the Turkish characters in desktop version of the Internet Explorer. I tried to explain the situation below. How can I fix this? When I press the key ş, it types _. When I press ...
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“creating” a key similar to the Fn key on a computer

I recently switched from a laptop to a computer and I had an Fn key and I really liked it (Being able to control the volume was really useful) and I was wondering if there was a way to add that key on ...
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Keyboard buttons mixed up [duplicate]

I just bought my new MSI laptop and shortly after i instaled windows 7 ultimate i found out that my keyboard is crazy. All buttons are mixed but in a very unique fashion that i cant relate to ...
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Keyboard mapping issues when using Ubuntu RDP client into AWS Windows 8 box?

I am using Remmina on my local Ubuntu 12.0.4 PC to run an RDP client session into a Windows 8 box running Amazon Web Services, with the US keyboard mapping selected in Remmina. I'm having a problem ...
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Permanently remap a key to an other xubuntu

I have seen many questions about how to remap a key, but somehow my problem is that it never remaps permanently. Here is my ~/bootstrap-custom.sh #!/bin/sh # remaps Caps Lock to Ctrl ...
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What are keyboard shortcuts for Lasso, Handtool and select edit tool for OneNote2013?

As Title, I am using Traditional Chinese version which tools' name might not be the same as I mentioned. Or How can I assign keyboard shortcut for different tools? btw I have no idea why Microsoft ...
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Are ultra-thin keyboards better for your health than classic ones? [closed]

There's a lot of babble about optimizing your programming environment and it appeared to me that most of the now newly beloved (and expensive) mechanical keyboards are rather thick. A thin keyboard ...
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The control key appears to act like it is being pressed when it is not

As I use my machine, especially writing on boards such as this, and I depress the D key in a word, for example, the add bookmark prompt will popup. Sometimes it will start zooming in and out as if I ...
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Mouse and keyboard glitches

(Ubuntu 14.04 Unity, Lenovo G500s, Logitech M-BJ58) Hi guys. I've recently noticed some glitches with my mouse and keyboard: Selecting text using mouse: when i clock-hold and hover over tekst, ...
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Washing laptop keyboard

I spilled juice on my laptop keyboard. It has dried and many of the keys are sticky and difficult to use. Assuming I've detached the keyboard from the laptop, is it safe to wash it with water? My ...
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Dell Latitude / Windows 7 & My Old Apple Keyboard | Still Compatible?

I recently replaced my older Dell Latitude with a newer model. Works great with Windows 7, but now my beloved Apple keyboard doesn't function at all. My IT guys say that it's because the new Latitude ...
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tmux and xf86 keys (the 'Fn' key, xf86WakeUp)

I'm interested in hijacking the Fn key on my laptop and using it as the mod key for tmux, but after a bunch of tinkering with xmodmap and tmux.config, I'm not much further along in getting this to ...
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Laptop keyboard does not work in Windows 8.1 but works in BIOS

I have a Toshiba Satellite A300-23J and have been running Windows 8 and later windows 8.1 for some time now. Last night my keyboard stopped working for no possible reason. When computer starts up (I ...
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Windows Input Method Switching, Foriegn Keyboard

So I recently returned from Sweden, as I bought a Razer BlackWidow Ultimate. It has the Norwegian layout, ø, æ, å. Although I will never use those keys. I am going to buy a new set of keycaps for the ...
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How do I use an Apple Wireless Keyboard in the BIOS on a PC?

Since I have seen no solutions to this, it seems like it's not possible? Is this possible and if so, how do I need to set it up?
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Why two different keyboard connected to a single computer have telepathy?

I connected two different keyboard to my computer. (Both use USB port to communicate with the computer.) The question is: Why when I press Caps-Lock or Num-Lock in one keyboard, The related light ...
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How to increase Windows keyboard repeat rate to match much faster Linux?

I am a Windows 7 user at the office, but a KDE/Linux user at home. I have noticed the keyboard repeat rate on Linux is much higher than Windows, maybe 50%. Both the Linux command prompt and KDE/X11 ...
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Linux: how to implement warning the user when they start typing with non-English keyboard layout?

Does anyone know how to implement a momentary floating notification that the user (me) is not using English keyboard layout when they press a letter, numeral or other layout-dependant key (so no need ...
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Difference between devices manager drivers and

I just installed a new french keyboard driver from here on my W7, in order to be able to type more french characters. It comes as an executable so I cannot know what it really does. Once installed, it ...
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Keyboard is inserting the pipe character everytime the shift key is used

On my brothers keyboard a pipe character is being inserted whenever he uses the shift key. It is weird because the key itself still performs the normal function that shift performs and allows making ...
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How to remap Caps Lock to Ctrl using AutoHotKey for Cygwin only?

If there is a way to remap Caps Lock to Ctrl using AutoHotKey for Cygwin only in Windows 7? I can do it with the following script for all programs: Capslock::Control But how can make the key ...
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Going from AZERTY keyboard to QWERTY

I am about to order a laptop online that comes with AZERTY keyboard layout. If I install English US which is the one I prefer to use will it automaticall go to QWERTY or will it remain the same? IF it ...
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how to auto run batch file when a keyboard is connected?

I have Asus Transformer T100: a tablet that came with a physical keyboard. The keyboard is connected with a strange port (not USB). I want to run a specific batch file when the keyboard connects and ...
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How to add the Em dash “—” to my keyboard?

I have an AZERTY keyboard, and an ErgoDox keyboard. I can map all the keys I want to the Ergodox, and macros as well. I'm looking for the —. This is the Em dash; it is different from the "minus" of ...
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Personalized keyboard doesn't work on Windows using Parallels with a OS X 10.9 host

I have a personalized keyboard I made using the ukelele application. Whenever I open some applications, though, my keyboard is completely ignored. Parallels is one of those. How can I fix the issue?
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How to manipulate the keyboard flags under windows?

My caps lock key is remapped. How do I disable the caps is active flag under windows? I remapped my caps lock key to Ctrl with the help of ac'tivAid and its extension RemapKeys. When my PC is ...
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USB keyboard switches off in game

Out side of games the keyboard works fine and does not turn off. When I enter a game for example "counter strike : GO" after a few minutes it turns off. I have tried re-installing the USB root hub. I ...
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OSX + X11 + KVM keyboard mapping

I'm ssh -Xing from my macbook air into a remote linux machine, on which I'm running virtual machines with kvm. Somewhere along the way, something is lost--it says I can press ctrl+alt to release the ...
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Keyboard typing random forward slashes by itself [duplicate]

I just bought a ACER ASPIRE V3-572G laptop that came with a preinstalled Windows 8.1, booted it up, set up the OS, installed virtually nothing and then started getting some Windows updates. Got a ...