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

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Some keys on my keyboard not working

I am using Lenovo IdeaPad Z560. The keys 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 0, F10, F11, F12 are not working. The ones below the function keys, that is. I used numpad to type this question. What could be the ...
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How do I turn off Narrator?

I sorta button-mashed my computer keyboard and now there's a voice telling me what I'm doing and giving me definitions of things the mouse goes near or touches. The sound button on the keyboard is ...
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After spill, half of laptop screen is negative

About a week ago I spilled a small amount of orange juice on the bottom right portion of my Dell laptop screen, and upper right portion of the keyboard. The screen went through a few different phases ...
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Is there any way to control Youtube through the media keys on the keyboard?

I have a nifty keyboard with media controls (play, stop, pause, forward and reverse). Is there any way to use them to control Youtube? That is, so that it pauses when I hit the pause key and moves ...
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Windows 10 Magic SysRq-like command

So I've got a MacBook Pro in a HengeDock, which prohibits access to the physical power button on the machine. I also use a few Thunderbolt devices to use the computer as a full desktop, and Windows ...
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grub - Keyboard stuck in GRUB

I have dual booted Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04. I have Intel DH67BL motherboard which does not support PS/2 keyboard,mouse and am using Logitech K120 USB 2.0 keyboard. I have set GRUB to load Windows 7 ...
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Enable F1-F12 keys without Fn on Lenovo Ideapad S400u

I just have bought a new Lenovo Ideapad S400u notebook, and it is not default F1-F12, it is default mute button, refresh, more brightness, less brightness... I've downloaded "Lenovo Keyboard Slim Fn ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Tablet - External keyboard

I'm trying to get an external keyboard to work with a Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet. It's connected through an OTG USB to Micro USB cable. The tablet seems not to recognize the keyboard input. (The ...
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Swap Fn and Ctrl keys on IdeaPad

I just got a brand new IdeaPad G560 and installed Ubuntu 10.10 on it. Now I'd like to remap the fn key to control (I don't really care about remapping control to fn since I got another fn I use more). ...
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How to enable handwriting panel? (Windows 8 on a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga13)

When using my touch keyboard I can not access the handwriting panel. The keyboard comes up properly, I can choose from the standard layout and the thumbs keyboard, but the handwriting panel is not ...
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How do I remap Home Button key with Escape key on Apple keyboard?

I bought a bluetooth keyboard for $13, and it's pretty good except instead of the Esc key, there's a little square and it opens up Internet Explorer when it's pressed! I've tried 3 key remapping ...
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Lenovo Yoga 900 Switch Function (FN) Keys

I'm buying a Lenovo Yoga 900, and I'm wondering if you can switch its keyboard's function keys. Right now they are set that you have to press FN + F6 to press F6. My friend has a Lenovo Yoga 3 and ...
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Strange keyboard settings on Lenovo X1 Carbon

My colleague and I we both got the same Lenovo X1 Carbon, installed Windows 7 from the same ISO image and used the Lenovo System Update tool in order to obtain all required drivers and tools for our ...
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Keyboard key accidentally remapped

Funny story. A few months ago a few ants got into my laptop. I freaked out and started mashing my keyboard to get them out. Since then, clicking the left arrow key is as if Ctrl+F is pressed and urw ...
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Lagging keybord; missing keystrokes

I'm on Mint 17.3 on Toshiba Satellite L500, and all of a sudden (possibly following an update), my keyboard started to act really quirky. Some keystrokes are received with a lag, some are not, and ...
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QWERTZ unknown keyboard layout on HP EliteBook

I bought a HP Elitebook 8460p second hand and it is provided with a QWERTZ layout, but the special characters look more like a US layout. It is definitely not German layout. I took a picture of it ...
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Meanings of function keys on the keyboard and of special icons on the lid on a laptop

My laptop is Lenovo T400. I was wondering what the meanings of the function keys with those blue icons on the keyboard are? what the meanings of the flashing icons on the bottom of the lid are? I ...
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some keyboard keys not working properly

I'm using Windows 7. All of a sudden, a couple of hours ago, this happened: My keyboard number keys [above the letters] stopped working properly, both as numbers and as symbols. Only 5 and 6 are ...
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Swapping the Fn and Ctrl Keys on a Lenovo ThinkPad Keyboard

I have this keyboard, and I'm trying to remap Fn to Ctrl and Ctrl to Fn, if at all possible. I read in some links that the scan code of Fn is only detectable by the Lenovo driver and not Windows. It'...
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Hyper-sensitive “v” key on my laptop keyboard

When the "v" key on my laptop is barely touched, it behaves as if it was pressed. It is the only key on the keyboard that behaves this way. All other keys only register a keystroke when the key is ...
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USB Keyboard and Mouse slow to activate using docking station for Lenovo T430

I just recently upgraded to a T430. Happy with the laptop but one thing I find annoying is that when I use it through the docking station - it takes several minutes ie 3-5 for the USB keyboard and ...
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Lenovo T510 Keyboard Removal

I've removed the bottom ram cover, and the two keyboard screws from below. Supposedly, the next step is to push down and forward on the keyboard. However, when I do this the keyboard does not move ...
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What laptop keyboards are easy to disassemble and clean? [closed]

I often use my laptop on construction jobsites or in very dirt-filled situations. Over time, the keyboard gets dusty, greasy, etc. Pieces of detritus fall down underneath the keys, and come to ...
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How do I clean my ThinkPad's keyboard and palm rest?

I have a Lenovo W500 and the keyboard and palm rest are getting dirty and shiny. Pedantic as I am, I'd like to clean it. I read that disassembling and removing those parts is easy. I couldn't find how ...
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Swapping Function (Fn) and Control (Ctrl) Keys on Lenovo ThinkPad W500

I'd like to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys on my ThinkPad W500 (like many others! See: How can I switch the function and control keys on my laptop? and Intercepting the Fn key on laptops) Numerous folks ...
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Why are the Ctrl and Fn keys swapped on my Thinkpad?

I just used a Thinkpad for the first time ever. It's weird; the Ctrl and Fn keys are swapped. Why is this? How can I fix it?
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How to take apart Lenovo T400 keyboard?

I am trying to take off the keyboard of a Lenovo Thinkpad T400. I have seen several YouTube tutorials, an official video by Lenovo and followed this tutorial. I already removed all screws not only the ...
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Spilt soup on my T400 keyboard and it turns itself off [duplicate]

I accidentally spilled some soup onto my keyboard, and my laptop (Thinkpad T400) turned itself off, probably because of short-circuit. It can't be turned on now. I remove the power and the battery. ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 and Keyboard Flexing

I was testing a Thinkpad SL500 system at a local store and found the flexing of the keyboard to be quite a deal breaker for me; it was flexing quite prominently with very little pressure applied. I ...
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Add a backlit keyboard to Lenovo T430

There is a related question here Upgrading laptop keyboard to backlit one My question is different than that because Lenovo T430 has an LED by the web cam. I know I can buy a backlit keyboard and add ...
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When trying to play games have to hold down CTRL key to move while using WASD keys?

The problem I'm having is when I play games, for example Minecraft and Alice Madness returns (which I just bought). I have to hold down CTRL key to move while using the WASD keys. I shouldn't have to ...
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Can I configure my windows key to act like a fn key?

I've always hated fn keys. Give me dedicated home/end/pgup/pgdn keys any day. But then I got a new laptop (xps 13), and used it almost exclusively for 6 months. Now I go back to my desktop, and I'm ...
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How to power on ThinkPad T440P from usb keyboard?

How can a ThinkPad T440P be powered on from a USB keyboard? I haven't found any settings in the BIOS for it. I have the keyboard, mouse and 27" monitor with displayport. I use it as a desktop and I ...
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How to have correct keyboard layout in XMing?

In Windows, I have the following symbols entering on the upper row of keyboard, if switched to Russian and pressed shift: Ё!"№;%:?*()_+ The same appears in Putty. But if I press the same keys in ...
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show keys pressed in linux

in windows there is a program called keyboard jedi that shows what keys are pressed on the keyboard. is there an equivalent for linux?
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Keys on laptop's keyboard register duplicate letters intermittantly

I have a brand new (<1 week old) Dell Latitude E6540 with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) where the occasionally while typing I get a double key press. For example: I am writing a qquestion on ...
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Enter / Return key stops working

I have a Dell Latitude E5400 laptop running Windows 7. Everything runs fine on it for days then I suddenly notice the enter/return key is no longer working e.g. I could be writing an email, press ...
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Sun Keyboard type 7 doesn't copy

I have a Sun Keyboard Type 7 and I cannot use the "copy", "paste", "cut" keys on the left on Linux Mint 17... they work on Firefox, but nowhere else. Is there a way to make those keys work globally? ...
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Is it possible to program unix-based OS (specifically iOS jailbroken) to function as usb keyboard?

I know this is possible with Android to make a device emulate a HID keyboard for plug and play usage via usb to a computer, since the functionality was introduced to linux, but can it be done with iOS ...
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xbindkeys wont recognise keypress

I am using Fedora Gnome on a tablet hybrid. I've written a script which uses xrandr to rotate the screen and I'd like to bind it to one of laptop's useless side-panel buttons, currently the one which ...
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Russian keyboard layout on French keyboard (debian 8.3)

I have laptop Lenovo Z51-70 with french keyboard (keys and their position, because french keyboard have little differ keys combination). To use correctly "classic" qwerty-english layout i use "mac ...
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Keyboard AltGr/Ctrl/Shift stops working

I've had this recurring problem lately that all the modifier keys AltGr, Ctrland Shift stop working. Alt still works, after a fashion. I discovered the problem first when pressing Alt+Tab stopped ...
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Arrow keys skip to end of documents and lists

So, recently my arrow keys have gone and messed themselves up. If I'm typing a document and hit the left arrow key, instead of going back a single character, it now goes back to the beginning of the ...
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Bluetooth keyboard disconnecting, requires re-pairing to connect again

So I got a Bluetooth keyboard a few weeks ago and it's not too bad for the price I got it at, but it's got one major flaw. After leaving it for ~30 minutes my laptop forgets about it. It doesn't ...
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My keyboard types this thing “```````````````” & makes PC to sleep mode [duplicate]

My keyboard types this thing "```````````````" & makes PC to sleep mode. So I turn off power settings in control panel, still problem arise. If I remove keyboard,then problem not coming. ...
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Hash key via Bootcamp on Macbook pro

I have a Macbook Pro and installed on this is Windows via Bootcamp. Now I do a lot of programming and I can't find the hash key! Am I missing an obvious shortcut or is there a way to change the ...
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Getting the on screen keyboard to pop up from the bottom when focus is in text field in Windows 10 (like mobile)

I have a Windows 10 tablet (not the Windows 10 Phone Insider Build). One of the issue I've had with it lately is getting to act like Windows 10 Phone Insider Build. On Windows 10 Mobile, when you ...
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The commercial at key has swapped with the double inverted commas key

Ever since I loaded Windows 10 the double inverted commas key (") on my wired keyboard has swapped with the commercial at key (@). Can anybody please tell me how to swap them back?
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Windows installation media cant detect keyboard and mouse

I just built a brand new computer. I inserted the windows 7 ultimate disk into the drive, and when prompted, pressed a key to boot from the CD. At this point, the computer itself is able to detect the ...
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Accidentally set off mode that ignores keyboard input except to toggle actions, windows

Every once in a while I seem to accidentally chord something that puts Windows 7 into "be a total PITA" keyboard mode. It seems to be some kind of special keyboard navigation or command mode, where ...