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

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Why can't I use two or more keyboards/mice at the same time on one computer?

This is just a question of curiosity. Why cannot I use two keyboards at the same time in Windows? For example, typing in Notepad using 2 keyboards in real parallel mode. Is there any multitasking ...
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Cleaning a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard

This is one of the best keyboards for programmers. I read an article saying that running a keyboard through the dishwasher would clean it, but I'm unsure about a keyboard like this which has a faux ...
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How would I remap Mac CMD to CTRL keys in Remote Desktop Connection for Mac application?

I sometimes have to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac for remote access to a Windows 7 machine from an iMac running MacOS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard). Making the mental switch to use the ...
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What does the SysRq key do?

On my keyboard, the key the functions as the Print Screen key when the F-lock is on has "SysRq" below it (presumably to be used when F-lock is off). What is it and what does it do?
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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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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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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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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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How can I disable the F Lock key on my Natural Keyboard 4000?

How can I disable the F Lock key on my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (v1.0)? I don't want to physically disable the key so I would like a software fix. The keyboard is connected by USB ...
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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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What are the origins of the control and alt keys?

Crtl and alt have become common place on just about any computer keyboard sold anywhere in the world (I even saw a picture of them on a typewriter...). But what were these sacred modifier keys first ...
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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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Use 'Shift + Caps lock' instead of 'Caps Lock'

I have a Japanese keyboard at home on which the Caps Lock functions differently to the standard UK/US keyboard. To toggle Caps Lock you need to use Shift + Caps Lock which pretty much eliminates ...
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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 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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What good is the Scroll Lock key?

I haven't seen any use for it lately? Anyone have any examples?
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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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Change Zoom Action to scroll in a MS Natural Keyboard 4000

I have this MS Ergo Natural Keyboard 4000 on windows 7, with the SetPoint Intellitype Software. I want to change the action of the center zoom to make it sroll. I'm some old versions of Firefox it ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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Ctrl+Backspace inserts a small box instead of erasing

When I press Ctrl+Backspace, sometimes a small square is inserted, instead of the entire word being erased. If I copy and paste the character here, I get this: ``. But it doesn’t look quite like that ...
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Need a non-Mac keyboard alternative for Mac users [closed]

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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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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Emulating the right Ctrl key on MacBook Pro keyboard lacking an actual right Ctrl key

I need to use the right Ctrl key in a certain application, but my keyboard doesn't have one. The left Ctrl key has an entirely different function in this case. How can I emulate the right Ctrl key, ...
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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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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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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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Vim in OSX: How to do page-up/page-down/go to EOL through a vim file opened in terminal?

In putty, which is how I primarily used VIM, I could do the following: Page up/down : Using the native Page up/down key. In Mac, the alternative is Fn + Up/Down, which doesn't work in the terminal ...
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How do I get a special character without a number pad?

I'd like to be able to use a keyboard shortcut to type special characters (characters that can't be found on my keyboard) such as the £ (pound) symbol, which I can get on a keyboard with a number pad ...
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keyboard shortcut for mouse right click

What combination of keys produce a right-click and a left-click?
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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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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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Make media button on keyboard open Winamp instead of WMP

For the longest time the Media button on my keyboard used to launch Winamp. I don't remember having to do anything to set that up. But suddenly now the button launches stupid Windows Media Player when ...
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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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Function keys on Dell laptop requires Fn+F1-F12 (default is multimedia/oem key)

In most dell laptop (e.g. Studio 1555, Inspiron 1545, Inspiron 3000, Inspiron N5010 etc) the F1-F12 keys at the top of the keyboard are dual function with Multimedia/OEM keys such as volume and screen ...
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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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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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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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Keyboard focus on first file in Windows explorer?

When i open windows explorer, I usually navigate it with keyboard most of the time. My biggest annoyance is when I open a folder, and in it I want to open the first folder or file in the list. For ...
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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 ...