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

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Virtualbox, using the same keybord layout of the host in the guest os

I'm using Virtualbox 4.1.12 on Debian x64 and my host OS is Windows XP Professional 64-bit. On Debian I'm using a custom keyboard layout that I set on system startup through the command setxkbmap. ...
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Getting a Bloomberg keyboard to work on a standard machine

I have just gotten my hands on a Bloomberg Keyboard (Model CTB100) and it looks quite interesting... Its got a shed load of extra buttons (hopefully programmable), a USB port on the back, place for ...
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Capture key events at system level to control e.g. alsamixer

In Linux window managers, it is easy to define actions for key events - e.g. in openbox: <keybind key="XF86AudioRaiseVolume"> <action name="Execute"> <command>amixer set ...
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Connecting Apple Wireless Keyboard on Fedora 15

I have an Apple Wireless bluetooth keyboard that I'd like to use with my Laptop running Fedora 15. The Bluetooth GUI tool is being extremely unhelpful. It simply shows the keyboard in the list of ...
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Camera Hand Mouse/Keyboard

Is there software out there that lets me control the computer purely through gestures using a webcam? I understand that it might need to have novel ways to process what used to be "keyboard input" ...
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Mapping Keyboard to different pictures

I modified the Windows Hebrew keyboard to place the Hebrew vowels in place of the number keys in the base state for easier use. (Standard access is through CAPLOCK+SHIFT+number). When you type a ...
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How to create a virtual keyboard in userspace?

I'm trying to generate keypress/release events similar to those produced by typing on a physical keyboard, but from a process that isn't attached to any actual hardware.
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard Function Key Broken in Ubuntu

Using the latest Apple Aluminum keyboard, the "fn" key seems to have stopped working. I'm not talking about being swapped with standard OSX, I mean the "fn" key doesn't register whatsoever, rendering, ...
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Simulating mouse movement with keys in Win 7

Pretty much what the "Mouse Keys" that can be enabled via the Ease of Access Centre do, only those are useless because they are extremely slow and have a delay at the start. Some more info: There's a ...
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Keyboard and mouse not working Win 8.1 X64 , SSD, asus mb

Following a critical win update 2 days ago, the mouse and keyboard no longer work on win 8.1, X64 with SSD though mouse and keyboard work in bios, i have tried the following: I can get into the ...
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My USB mouse and keyboard is randomly disconnecting

Recently I've had in issue were my USB mouse and keyboard will stop working and I need to restart my computer from the power button to get them working again. Both my mouse and keyboard are Dragunov ...
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“sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration” settings forgotten after reboot

I'm currently running on an Ubuntu 15.04 machine, and I've been attempting to set my Left Caps Lock Key as my Control Key. After following numerous ways of doing this, I've attempted the above ...
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AltGr not working properly on vMware

I don't know if that question should be really here (I read the StackOverflowHelp, the AskUbuntuHelp and the LinuxAndUnixHelp but I don't think the question fits in any of them so I post it here as ...
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Is there a way to “turn off” installed Windows Updates?

So I have a ASUS N550JK laptop with media keys - I recently factory reset it and all my Fn Keys were working (like the ones to change brightness/volume etc.) I installed a slew of Windows Updates and ...
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Send keyboard commands to window under cursor

Is there any way that I can redirect keyboard commands to be sent to whichever window is under the mouse cursor, instead of to the active window? I'm using Windows 7 64 bit. I tried using the in ...
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How to create new functions on laptop keyboard?

I got a new laptop, a Toshiba Portege Z30-A. It has a pointing stick (the dot in the middle, also called TrackPoint on Lenovo laptops) and it has the left and right click buttons. My old laptop used ...
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Windows 7 event for plugging in USB keyboard

I would like to use task scheduler to toggle num lock as I plug or unplug my keyboard from my laptop. I use it equally with and without the external keyboard, so both the default settings are equally ...
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Can you screenshot only the focused window using hardware buttons on the Surface 3?

With a regular keyboard when you want to print only the focused window, instead of the entire screen, you use and hold Alt + Prt Scrn keys. I just learned from this site two different methods to ...
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OSX - Stop Bluetooth Low Battery Message

I've seen this asked before but never any solution. When using the Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad a message pops up when the battery level gets down to 15%. When you click the message away it ...
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Create key combination to run script action

I am having shoulder problems and the mouse movement is hurting my arm, so I am trying to create a simple way of navigating the mouse with vim-like movements. I found xdotool and can, for example, ...
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Windows explorer keyboard search timeout

In windows explorer (in Windows 7, at least, and I think most other versions) you can type the name of a folder or file and the highlight bar will follow your keystrokes until you stop typing for a ...
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how to turn on backlight in ZERO zr-3806 keyboard?

ZERO zr-3806 I have that keyboard and can't turn on backlight .. did the searching and nothing .. the thing is it has no fn key which other keyboard I found in the search had and they're to be turned ...
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Disable special keys on keypad

On my Dell keyboard there are the normal special keys (home, pgdn, etc.), arrows and then a keypad. On the keypad these keys are duplicated in the case you press shift. I'm using a program that can ...
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Chinese simplified keyboard stops working randomly

I use the ctrl+space hotkey to switch between english/chinese when writing documents. The chinese keyboard stops working randomly, however. I can see CH selected in the language bar, but typing in ...
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Disable shift key capitalisation

When I want to type a capital letter, I always use Caps Lock. I use shift for symbols like _. I find it much easier to use Caps Lock for capital letters since you just have to press it, and then your ...
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How to remap keys / add shortcuts on Mac OS X, without 3rd party software?

I'm trying to do simple things like map the sleep shortcut to F7, monitor sleep shortcut to F8 etc I've checked out Ukelele, yet couldn't determine whether it's able produce key combinations / ...
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Keyboard must be unplugged and replugged in after startup?

I recently bought a new keyboard for my Windows 7 desktop. After turning on the system, the keyboard will refuse to work, and it seems like nothing on it works. But after unplugging the keyboard out ...
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File searching changed in windows

You know how when you press a letter on your keyboard while in a directory, it automatically scrolls to files that start with said letter. This has changed and I can no longer do it, instead if I ...
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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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Control and shift keys not working [pressed together]

I have a weird problem with my logitech deluxe 250 keyboard. When I press shift key control key is pressed automatically and vice versa. No stick keys have been set up. I tried opening on screen ...
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very specific key-combo failure with USB keyboard under OSX

I use a third-party external keyboard with my MacBook Pro. It's a ThinkPad USB keyboard with Trackpoint(I love having control of the mouse pointer without having to move my hands off the keyboard). ...
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I cannot type a lower-case Q-Windows 7 Home Edition

I can type an uppercase Q but I cannot type the lowercase Q? I have tried restarting, checking settings but lower case Q does not work on any program.
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How can I enable disabled layouts for Windows 8 touch keyboard?

The keyboard layout icons (lower right corner of this screenshot) from left to right: QWERTY, Thumb (split), Handwriting, and Standard. There are several articles explaining how to enable the ...
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Sublime Text 2/3: Arrow key navigation

In Textpad, when you press the down arrow key in a line, insert some text, and then press down again, you will stay in the same position that you were at before you inserted text. Sublime Text ...
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Acer Aspire Keyboard Issue

5 days ago I spilled some water on my laptop computer. The only problem I had was the keyboard was not working correctly. I removed it and everything underneath was dry, as the keyboard comes out ...
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Synergy Keyboard Mapping

Server - Windows 7 Client - Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I Run synergyc using lightdm.conf so that I can use the keyboard to login. Every now and then, my keyboard mapping or characters will get scrambled and ...
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Why does Excel 2013 Ignore My Keystrokes?

So I was doing some copying and pasting into this new Excel file, and all of a sudden the keyboard is not being recognized in Excel. I also am unable to save this file. Anyone have ideas? Here is a ...
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Keyboard Character Issue

earlier today my keyboard started to malfunction. when press some keys such as z, it types zq, and q types zq as well, r/v=vr c/e=ce w/x=xw m/u=mu o/.=..o i/,=,i p and/=/p space does space then up, ...
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How to replace menu key with capslock and capslock with left control using xkb

I followed the instruction here by defining my own xkbsymbols partial modifier_keys xkb_symbols "replace_Menu_Capslock" { replace key <COMP> { [ Caps_Lock ] }; replace key <CAPS> { [ ...
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Arrow keys work like option+arrow in terminal in tmux on osx

The following setting in .tmux.conf breaks arrow keys in terminal in tmux: set-window-option -g xterm-keys on When I disable this setting, then arrow keys work as expected in terminal but then they ...
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Ubuntu key remap: these commands work but I don't understand how

I wanted to swap my ctrl key with more conveniently located keys so I did the requisite google search. The following commands (in bash shell) got me exactly the functionality I wanted out of my RET ...
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UEFI shell mode with no colon key

I have a newly built PC with a UEFI-enabled motherboard and I'm having trouble getting my DVD drive to boot into UEFI mode so I opted to boot into UEFI Shell to manually start the DVD in UEFI mode. ...
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HP Laptop keyboard and touchpad shut off randomly

It's an HP Pavilion DV7 (AMD quad-core) and it's HD has just been replaced. OS was loaded from OEM disks. Now, the keyboard and touchpad just stop working after a few seconds to quite a few minutes ...
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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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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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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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Using function keys without [FN] key with Apple Wireless Keyboard on Windows 7 Machine (no bootcamp)

I currently use the Apple Wireless Keyboard on my work PC (just my preference). For the most part it works fine. Since I do a lot of programming, I end up using the function keys a lot. However, in ...
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Disable the Underline Keyboard and shortcut Option in windows 7 from Registry

I user Tweak me and ultimate windows tweaker and I have somehow managed to turn on the Underline Keyboard and shortcut Option now I find it impossible to turn it off. I Ease of Access the "Underline ...
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Remmina RDP key remapping

Remmina is a wonderful piece of software and I use it a lot on my work. The only problem is key mapping. I am really used to working in DWM window manager, which utilizes windows key to switch panes. ...
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Customize Keyboard Volume Slider in Windows

My keyboard (the Das Keyboard 4 Professional) has a big red volume dial. At work this is completely useless to me, as I have no speakers, nor do I need to hear any sounds. Is there some way I can ...