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

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Why tilde goes to new line, if it is followed by Enter key?

When you press tilde (~, Shift+`), it does not appear. You have to press any other key to see it. If you press that any key, it always goes after tilde. So, for example, if you press tilde and then @ ...
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Is it possible to retrofit rubber dome keyboard with mechanical switches?

If yes, how complex would it be and would it be more simple than building DIY mechanical keyboard?
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How can I play a HTML5 or Flash video with keyboard shortcuts on a system without a mouse?

Original Question The Firefox help pages state: After you click on the media on a web page, to give it focus, you can control the playback with your keyboard. But how can we initially give it ...
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What is Esc actually for?

I have always thought of the Esc key as a "stop, get me out" button. The main cases where I would like to use it is for: Stopping scripts and apps when slowing down computer. Stopping loading of ...
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Windows 8 - keyboard diacritics characte

I use Windows 8.1 Pro and from time to time I cannot use national characters on my keyboard (I use Logitech K800 with unifying) . If I press ALT + E (both left ant right) - for example in Firefox it ...
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Can I turn a spare USB keyboard into a “macro keypad”?

I am a semi-avid gamer and I have recently discovered macros. However, unlike some gamers, I am not made of money. What I would like to do is simple, but may be hard to actually do: I want to turn ...
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Virtualbox host key not working, can't get out of scale mode

I have up to date version of Virtual Box running on Windows 8.1. The host key isn't responding. Changing the host key in Preferences > Input dozens of times did nothing to resolve the issue. The issue ...
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order of KEYSYM in Xmodmap config file

I try to make some changes in my keyboard configuration with xmodmap. However, when I look at the output of xmodmap -pke I see that some keycodes are binded to 12 KEYSYM, for example, with my ...
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Delay in mouse movement when using both the keyboard & mouse simultaneously

I got a new Lenovo Flex 2 15 a couple of days ago, and the laptop is working pretty well. However, when I use the keyboard then quickly attempt to move the mouse with the touchpad, I am unable to move ...
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Why does my computer modify the order of some characters typed?

I'm having a strange problem that I'm not sure if it's related to Google Chrome (or it's "Animated tabs" plugin that I've installed), my OS (Ubuntu 13.10 + GNome) or my keyboard (Dell Vostro's one). ...
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How can I disable/enable my touchpad using a keyboard shortcut under Linux?

In Windows 8, pressing Fn+F6 disables my Lenovo B590's touchpad. I would like to emulate this shortcut in Lubuntu 14.04.1. I created this little script: #!/bin/bash state=$(synclient -l | grep -P ...
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How to know where in /dev/ is a UBS keyboard loaded?

To be precise, when you plug in a USB storage device, it is loaded in sd something, but where is a usb keyboard loaded in /dev/?
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Make keyboard in Ubuntu 14.04 act like in Windows?

I am a veteran programmer used to using Windows primarily for coding. I am now doing a lot of coding on Linux using Ubuntu 14.04. I'm really enjoying the distro but the default keyboard behaviour is ...
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Ctrl-Alt-Del not working at unlock screen

I am at work, and one of the machines running XP was left on overnight. This is a common occurrence. The machine went into standby mode, so on starting it up this morning I was presented with the ...
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How can I use keyboard shortcuts with alternative keyboard layouts?

There are many common keyboard shortcuts. For example, I can type Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+Q for quit, etc., and Alt+X for Menu item X. However, how can I use these shortcuts with non-QWERTY keyboard ...
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re-mapping media keys on a USB keyboard

Is it possible to re-map the media keys (volume, reload, etc) on a USB keyboard so that the order matches the one on my laptop? I want to re-map ONLY the ones on the USB keyboard. I've tried ...
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Tab & Enter mix up while making a list

I'm having some trouble with my lists in microsoft work 13'. before when i'd make a list and i'd want to continute from I to II, i would just press enter. now when i press enter it untabs and deletes ...
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Disable shutdown key on my keyboard?

I just bought a new keyboard (Inca IWS-549). The keyboard has a nice style and 18 multimedia keys. But among them at the left, I have the shutdown key (just above the esc key). If I touch it, the ...
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Lost Meta key in RHEL/Gnome

I seem to have lost my meta key... I am running xev, and when I press "meta" (in fact a "Win" key on my keyboard), the following event is seen: KeyRelease event, serial 33, synthetic NO, window ...
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us keyboard, german layout - special character < and >

i currently have an american keyboard with the corrsponding us layout (it is the surface type cover btw). As I am used to the german layout i changed the layout settings to german under win8.1. This ...
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alternate osx default keyboard after reboot?

Is there a way to set Colemak as my default keyboard on startup? Can this be done in shell using "defaults write"? I'd like to include it in my setup script. I did enable "Show input menu in login ...
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Long range wireless keyboard / numpad (remote control a computer from a 20-30 meter distance)

In order to illustrate my challenge, I'll explain what I'm trying to achieve. I'm training a young talent in tennis, and she's a real darling. I'm trying my develope the best environment for her to ...
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upgraded rmbp 13 inch late 2013 to 10.9.5, now external (usb) keyboard not working

I upgraded my retina macbook pro to 10.9.5 osx and my external keyboard is not working. I'm not 100% certain that the keyboard stopped working immediately after the upgrade or shortly afterwards. My ...
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Lenovo laptop Fn Ctrl swap

So I have set up Ubuntu 14.04 on a new Lenovo E540 and choose the BIOS option to swap the Fn and Ctrl keys. This works well but there are some quirks. It appears Lenovo has introduced some extra ...
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why rebinding a key impacts other keys?

I wanted to modify the key A on my AZERTY keyboard. It works using xmodmap: xmodmap -e "keysym a = a A aogonek Aogonek" xmodmap -e "keycode 108 = Mode_switch" Now Alt-Gr-a does issue an aogonek. ...
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Why there is a question mark symbol on iPad keyboard dot key? [closed]

There are two keys on iPad keyboard, which confuses me - ,/! and ./?. I expect that somehow I should be able to input question and exclamation marks using these keys, but only comma and dot are ...
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My Ctrl and Alt keys are swapped, how can I swap them back?

I'm working on a company PC that was used previously by someone else. I don't find that AutoHotKey is installed on this machine. The Ctrl and Alt keys are swapped - (when I press Ctrlit behaves like ...
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Windows 7: Keyboard is not working for several seconds on loginscreen

i have this problem now for like a few months. Its not a "huge" problem, but I'd like to solve it anyway. Every time i start up my computer and want to type in my password on the Log in screen, my ...
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Windows 7 - Reversed caps lock (or continuous shift) and desktop icons rearranged

Some behaviour from my windows 7 laptop that I can't explain: I closed the laptop and it slept as normal On re-login, with a typed password, I realised that it was behaving as if the shift key was ...
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Keyboard-based key swapping under MacOS [duplicate]

I have a MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.5. I want to swap Fn with Ctrl and Alt with Cmd when using the laptop keyboard, but I don't want to swap any keys when using a USB keyboard.
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Full Keyboard Navigation PDF Reader With Highlight Function on Windows

After being addicted to VIM, I feel I hate to move my hand out the keyboard to reach the mouse. I'm currently using Acrobat, sometimes I want to highlight some text. I have to select the highlight ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts Across Multiple Mac Keyboards

I have a weird setup. I use a bluetooth keyboard 90% of the time, but as I don't have my trackpad/mouse, I still use my laptop's keyboard/trackpad 10% of the time. This often results in me having my ...
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Are there symbols for newer Windows key icons?

Microsoft's Windows icon has changed multiple times throughout the past decade. In doing so, the Windows key's icon has changed as well, from Windows XP to the most modern iteration, Windows 8. Now ...
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How can I disable input from the laptop keyboard in (Kubuntu) Linux?

I want to disable the laptop keyboard so that I can put a normal USB keyboard on top of it. Is there anyway to do it? I DON'T want to do it through X (i.e xinput float), because I need to be able to ...
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Convert wireless keyboard to wired [closed]

I don't know if it's a silly question or not. I'm not in anyway an engineer, not by miles. Here's what I have: Logitech MK320 keyboard with missing receiver. Rapoo wireless keyboard, with working ...
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Sharpkeys program alternative for linux?

Sorry it's the second time that I post this question because till now I can't found solution : My keyboard is damaged, the keyboard key [é] is always pressed and it prevents me from working on ...
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Keyboard and Gamepad Controllers 'Ghosts'

I have a mediatech keyboard and some cheap gamepad controllers but two weeks ago I noticed that random keys on the keyboard are being pressed 'not by me' and immediately sleeps . After one week, I ...
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How do keyboards handle simultaneous inputs? [closed]

Lately I have been working with the basics concepts of concurrency in programming. One of the thoughts that came across my mind was simultaneous inputs from keyboards. In programming, a method or ...
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Keyboard issue and HP Help and Support Pop-up issue

Last night my HP Pavilion started acting abnormally. My keyboard began to malfunction; every button I pressed acted as a shortcut for things on my computer (i.e. D took me back to desktop, Spacebar ...
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Windows 8 Keyboard Repeat Rate Resetting on Wakeup

I have just gotten a new PC and I am very happy with it! However, whenever I open the computer from sleep, the keyboard repeat rate has reverted to the default. The default for windows 8 is hellishly ...
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AltGr makes Ctrl stuck on Linux Mint running in Virtual Box under Windows 8.1

I have Windows 8.1 and have installed VirtualBox 4.3.14 to run Linux Mint 17 Xfce in it. Pressing AltGr in the virtual Linux Mint makes it think that the Ctrl keys is pressed down until I hit Ctrl ...
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How to configure Apple USB keyboard on Xorg (FreeBSD)

The Apple USB Keyboard in question is identified my the number MB 110Z/B it has the following distinctive features: The key under esc is ±/§ instead of backtick/~ The left shift key is shorter than ...
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Remapping “Web/Home”, “My Computer” and “Calculator” keys in Windows 8.1?

Previously, I had a keyboard that had extra keys for launching the default web browser, mail client, open "My Computer" in explorer, the calculator, etc. That keyboard was from 2003 and it now ...
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Keyboard not working after replacement?

Not really sure how to troubleshoot the keyboard not working after replacing it on my Latitude E5520. The mouse works (from the keyboard), the backlights are on, just no keys. Actually they have ...
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program to simulate keypressing and holding mouse buttons down

I need a program that can simulate pressing some number keys then holding down mouse buttons for in game testing. Is there a program that can do this?
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new rapoo E2800P keyboard not working (win 7 x64)

I just bought this keyboard http://www.amazon.de/Rapoo-Wireless-deutsches-Tastaturl... for my laptop, and connected it via the usb loading cable to my laptop, because my old keyboard from the same ...
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Prevent media keys volume control affecting system volume

I've just purchased a DasKeyboard 4, and I'd like to have the volume controls only affect my media player (Winamp), but not the system volume. (Purely for convenience reasons - I want to be able to ...
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Is it the OS or individual applications that interpret keyboard shortcuts?

I'm unfamiliar with how this all works, but here's my guess: When you strike some keys on your keyboard, the signals go through the USB wire, and is interpreted by a keyboard driver on your the OS ...
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TeamViewer Mac keyboard layout on Ubuntu

I'm using Mac OS X 10.9.4 with TeamViewer 9.0.31181. I use iMac keyboard, but when I remotely control a Ubuntu Desktop, the "delete" button has no response and arrow keys generate abnormal keystrokes ...
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Numpad gone haywire

There is an issue with the numpad on my Toshiba Satellite P875. Some of the number keys toggles the numlock function, and none of the number keys function as they should. Holding down a number key ...