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

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Are On-Screen Keyboards Really More Secure?

A quick question: I use on-screen keyboard when entering my bank passwords, credit card numbers, etc., in an effort to guard against malware. Is this a good idea or am I wasting my time? Some internet ...
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How do I silence onscreen Windows 8 “Touch Keyboard” key press sounds?

In windows 8 there is an onscreen keyboard that makes tapping noises for each key press. How do I turn this off so I can type like a ninja?
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How do I detect keystroke loggers in a reliable way?

I've always had a problem typing my passwords in on computers I don't trust (think non-technical friends computers) and although I can usually avoid doing it, there are times when I still need to use ...
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How do I press the Fn key using a PC keyboard on a Mac?

I am in a bit of a pickle. I am using a Dell keyboard with Mac OS X, and I would like access to my function keys while I'm using Terminal. A friend of mine has a new Mac keyboard which has a Fn key ...
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How to access the terminal in Ubuntu GUI without a mouse

I have an embedded Ubuntu 12.04 system running with no monitor and I need to run a command in the terminal. I can connect a USB keyboard (or even a mouse, but a mouse would be difficult to use without ...
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Can't Type Tilde character in Mac OS X

Hi this is a new problem that I did not have a few weeks ago. I have a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard running on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). The problem is that I cannot type a tilde. Instead when ...
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How to type pound sign(£) using US keyboard, in Windows, Linux and Mac?

I have dual boot configuration with Fedora and Windows XP. Keyboard is normal US standard keyboard. Now that I am working for a UK based client, I need to use pound sign quite often. Currently I am ...
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How to clean a keyboard

My keyboard is a) full of dust and other particles that are flying around us (hair, skin parts etc) and b) very dirty (keys are not white anymore but dark gray - except on keytops where my fingers are ...
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Chrome: Selecting a link by doing search on its text

I'm trying to use my computer using the keyboard exclusively, without touching the mouse. When browsing the web it can get hard. I use Tab to select links, but there are often dozens of links on a ...
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Need a non-Mac keyboard alternative for Mac users

I'm a Macbook Pro user. I like Apple products in general, but I hate their keyboards. I work on my computer/laptop 10+ hours a day, so I would like to have a keyboard that is Mac-compatible and ...
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“Virtual mouse” using the keyboard

(For Windows.) I'm looking for a kind of program that I hope exists. If it doesn't I might try to create it. I passionately hate using the mouse. I've learned how to use the keyboard for 99% of the ...
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Scroll down half the screen size in Firefox

Is it possible to have the spacebar not scroll down the entire page in Firefox? Scrolling one line at a time (with the down arrow) is very slow, but scrolling the entire screen (with spacebar) sets me ...
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MacBook Pro Keyboard - How to Swap / Remap Keys?

I know this may be asked before in a different manner, but I still haven't really seen a solid answer. I'm hoping that providing these 2 specific needs will make it more clear. I specifically want 2 ...
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What good is the Scroll Lock key?

I haven't seen any use for it lately? Anyone have any examples?
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How to re-map command and option keys on Mac OS X with a PC-keyboard?

in my keyboard the command key is mapped to the windows key (I'm using a regular PC keyboard) so I only have a left command, because the space on the right is occupied by the useless Fn key. I've ...
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How can I disable my laptop's built-in keyboard in Windows 7?

I have a HP Compaq Presario C700 laptop with Windows 7 installed on it. My laptop's keyboard is not working properly; some keys never work and some keys will keep on pressing. I've formatted the OS ...
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Is there a way to escape keyboard focus from adobe flash?

I've been trying to use the mouse less when web browsing. However, if a flash program gets the focus, it will capture the all the keyboard strokes, making it impossible to do anything without moving ...
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Using multiple keyboards with different keyboard layouts in Windows

I'd like to use multiple keyboards (all USB or one USB and one PS/2) with a different keyboard layout on each. Is this possible in Windows 7 or XP? Is there any software that can make it work? I'd ...
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Can spilling a liquid on a keyboard or other input device connected to a desktop computer damage the computer itself?

I've heard that spilling liquid on the (wired) keyboard of a desktop computer can cause damage to the motherboard or other parts. Is this possible, or will only the keyboard be damaged? How does ...
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Browsers with good keyboard support

What browsers have good keyboard support? That means you don't have to use the mouse so much. Or what is a good setup for browser + keyboard interaction. I know the basic keyboard shortcuts (tab ...
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How to choose a keyboard for faster typing [closed]

I noticed that, with different keyboards, my typing speed varies greatly. However, I don't know what, exactly, in the keyboard, affects the typing speed? My current keyboard makes me type very slow. ...
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Fn key combinations don't work on Asus laptop on windows 8

Only 5 out of 12 function keys combinations work. The volume manager doesn't work and the disable/enable touch pad which I used A LOT doesn't work and it's killing me. Does anybody found a solution ...
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Linux: Share keyboard over network

As the title suggests, I want to use a remote keyboard locally. The remote keyboard should be usable in a TTY and, if possible, in the X-Server as well. Are there any drivers (kernel modules) ...
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How can I help a long-nailed person type?

My mom has long nails and she is PROUD of them. Sometimes she needs to do something at the computer. When it concerns typing text, she does that using two pencils holding them in two hands. Or ...
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How do I safely remove keys from a keyboard?

I have a custom key I want to use on my new Deck keyboard, but I'm unclear how to safely remove existing keys from the keyboard without damaging them in the process. Should I use a special tool? A ...
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Binding Fn-Delete in zsh on Mac OS X

In zsh, whenever I press Fn+Delete (which is forward delete) a tilde (~) gets inserted. This indicates zsh doesn't have the key bound. How do I bind it, and make it behave normally (delete in front ...
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How to remove keyboard grease?

I always wash my hands before using my computer, but after 2.5 years the keys have started getting a little greasy from my finger oils. What is the best way to clean this? EDIT: Clarification - it's ...
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How to remap eject key on MacBook keyboard to “delete”?

I own a first generation MacBook Air and this has bothered me since the beginnings. When I bought this thing, I was sure I'm not going to carry a DVD drive. I don't use it. WiFi has worked pretty ...
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Use laptop as bluetooth keyboard?

Does anyone know of a piece of software that will let me use my laptop (in this case OS X, but software for any OS would be interesting) as a bluetooth keyboard / mouse for use on another machine? In ...
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Can I make Ctrl+Alt NOT act like AltGr on Windows?

Many applications like Google Docs use Ctrl+Alt shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+2 for heading 2, Ctrl+Alt+m for comments etc. However, in case of international keyboards' layouts, Ctrl+Alt is mapped to AltGr, ...
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Emulate mouse wheel scroll with keyboard

Some programs (e.g. ms html help viewer) have zoom-in features that only seem to work when you mouse wheel scroll. Is there a way to emulate mouse wheel scroll using the keyboard?
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Changing the size of the audio volume increment of the “volume up” / “volume down” keys

Same as this question but for Windows: How can I adjust by how much the sound volume changes every time I press the volume change keys? I'm on a Windows 7 laptop. It has "volume up" and "volume down" ...
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bind tmux prefix to OS X cmd key (or any other binding)

I'm used to iTerm2 (or Terminal.app for this case) on OS X. But I want to move to use tmux (or screen, but the problem is similar to both apps). So my idea is to have a single iTerm tab with a tmux ...
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How can I map the left and right shift key individually?

First off, excuse my ignorance of X and XKB; I've been trying to hack together a solution in the hope of being able to achieve what I want without requiring a detailed grasp of it. I'm trying to ...
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In Linux, how can I map SHIFT_L/SHIFT_R when pressed without additional key?

Today I found this very nice article by Steven Losh in which he presents a couple of productivity boosting keyboard mappings. Among them is a dynamic mapping of the left and right shift keys. The ...
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USB backlit keyboard power consumption

Does someone know the power consumption of an USB backlit keyboard like the SteelSeries Apex? I'd like to connect it to a Keyboard/Mouse USB Switch that goes to PC by one USB 2.0 cable. The mouse I'm ...
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How to disable a keyboard?

Im looking how I can disable my laptop keyboard, I looked into the Device manager and there is no "Disable this device", Don't want to uninstall it, just turn it off. I'm just troubleshooting some ...
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What is the best way to create tactile bumps on your keyboard?

I have a laptop keyboard that has some of the functional keys on the right side kind of mixed in with the rest of the keys, so I have to look down to set my hand. For instance, I want to be able to ...
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What's the function of the Alt Gr key?

I read somewhere that the Alt Gr key found on some layouts is a substitute for Ctrl + Alt. However, what can this combination be used for? Are there any documented shortcuts using Ctrl + Alt?
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Touchpad does not respond when I am holding key on the keyboard

I am experiencing strange problem with using my touchpad and keyboard simultaneously under Windows 7. I have HP tx2550ew (convertible tablet), and when I hold some key under Windows 7 (eg. ...
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Tips for getting latte or soda out of your keyboard?

For the first time in my entire life yesterday, I accidentally spilled some latte in my ergonomic keyboard. The keys are starting to stick a bit now, and I was just wondering if there was some way to ...
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Function keys on Dell laptop work double as OEM keys

I'm working with a new Dell Studio 1555, and the F1-F12 keys at the top of the keyboard are dual function with OEM keys such as volume and screen brightness. The problem is, is that the OEM keys are ...
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Remapping of keys in Mac OS X

My MBP comes with a Turkish keyboard but I'm using US layout. However, the key just under ESC gives § instead of ` (back-quote) which I frequently use. I need to remap this key but I couldn't find ...
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How do I make Mac OS X remember “Modifier Keys” remappings for my external keyboard?

(to be clear, I know there are similar questions such as "How can I remap windows and alt keys in OS X?" - I'm not asking that. I can make the changes I want, they just get reset every time I unplug ...
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Why does Windows require CTRL+ALT+DEL to Logon?

Has Microsoft ever offered an explanation for why they require CTRL+ALT+DEL to login? (Yes I know you can disable it, but it is still their preferred method.) It seems like at one point I heard that ...
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Can't insert the big Enter key back into my keyboard

After I missed some beer onto my keyboard, several keys aren't working well now. I justed wanted to clean the Enter key, but now neither me nor my cat can't put it back. God (or Bill Gates whichever) ...
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How to disable the internal keyboard on a MacBook Pro?

My cat has a nasty habit of jumping over my MBP and causing keystrokes that mess up things (anywhere from stopping a playing video to deleting a file). I'm looking for some utility or hack to disable ...
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Map CapsLock key to ESC in Mac OS X

At work on my windows machine I've used Autohotkey to remap the CapsLock key to ESC. I've gotten used to it and on my personal machines (mac) I keep hitting CapsLock out of habit when I want ESC. ...
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Learn to use both sides of the keyboard

I'd like to force myself to use the correct (right side or left side) Shift, Ctrl, and Alt keys depending on what letter I'm typing. For instance I'd like to use the right Shift key when typing 'A' ...
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Dusting Laptop keyboard

Is there a way to temporarily disable a laptop's keyboard in order to clean/dust it off, other than having to turn off the computer?