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

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Too many keyboard layouts

The short question: how do you handle multiple keyboard layouts without getting confused? I'm a fast writer. I've been using the default Swedish, QWERTY PC keyboard layout on Linux, DOS and Windows ...
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Cross Operating System Custom Keyboard Layouts

Is there any software that will generate Macintosh, Windows and Linux(xkb) keyboard layouts simultaneously? Edit: From what I understand Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator doesn't support changing of ...
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Laptop spacebar key too low down

Today I was typing and after I pressed Space-bar a few times, it continued inputting on it's own. I took the space-bar off, and nothing seems to be stuck or broken; there is no debris and the clips ...
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laptop keyboard backslash key stuck?

My laptop keyboard backslash key seems to have got stuck. If i open notepad it continuously starts writing. It stops for a while and starts again. But if i try to press the back slash key it does not ...
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Right arrow key closes window

Whenever I press the right arrow key in any type of window the window will minimize.Very frustrating when it comes to playing video games. I'm using a Dell latitude D820. Any suggestions on how to fix ...
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Types of laptop keypads connectors and compatibility

I have a Samsung N150 Plus netbook with a misbehaving keyboard repeating keys, mostly the return key. In order to test whether the keyboard is faulty, I remove a keypad from another HP laptop and ...
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F2 button does not rename file in windows 7

In Windows 7, my F2 button does not rename my files. Why? And how to fix it? My Windows 7 is 64bit.
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What is the “↩” keyboard symbol on a Mac?

On a Mac keyboard, what does the symbol on the ↩ key mean?
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Solutions for keyboard with awkward up arrow key

We have a number of classrooms with this Logitech Keyboard/Mouse device: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/wireless-touch-keyboard-k400?crid=26 These keyboards are almost perfect, but they ...
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How to use Tab key to indent within a textfield (instead of jumping to next element)? [duplicate]

An issue that bothers me a while, which I could never found out: Is there any key / shortcut that I can use to add an indent by TAB key within an input text field (HTML). Like the one I am writing ...
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After upgrading two of my Windows 8 machines, the keyboard is “locked”… Why? How do I unlock?

For some reason, my keyboard is locked on two machines. I get no error message, just a beep every time I try to press a key. I'm not completely locked out, as the on screen keyboard does work. The ...
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Lag in Sticky keys for mac?

I enabled sticky keys on my mac by going to system preferences,accessibility,enable sticky keys, and I really enjoy this sticky keys function, but there is a very small lag that is noticeable when I ...
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Using Keyboard as a Chorded Keyboard

I am using Linux Mint and would like to experiment with turning my keyboard into a chorded keyboard. One way I can think of to do this is to write a daemon to intercept and replace keyboard events. I ...
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How to type the tilde character that is not in my keyboard layout?

I'm using Windows 7 system with an Italian keyboard layout As you can see this layout miss the tilde ~ character and the backtick character. Btw backtick is not so important because I can emulate ...
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Genius USB Keyboard KB-M220 doesn't work

I have a Genius USB Keyboard, model KB-M220. The guide says that it works in Windows 7. I have Windows 7 Professional 64 bits and the keyboard doesn't work here. This is how it appears in device ...
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Caps lock can only be turned off by shift key, regardless of setting

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on a Sony VAIO VPC-F23BFX laptop. The problem is that the caps lock key can only be turned off using the shift key. In Control Panel's Regional Settings, it does not ...
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Lost the shift+← and shift+→ key combinations

On my laptop I have somehow lost the shift+← and shift+→ key combinations. Setup: Ubuntu 12.10 OS Windows 7 running in Virtual box Synergyc running on the Linux Host Connected to Synergys running ...
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Music Nav Doesn't Work After Installing IntelliType

I have started using a Microsoft Sidewinder X4 Keyboard. It came with the Microsoft IntelliType Pro software. Since I have installed the software I am not able to change my music via the play | ...
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Why does the control key no longer work when selecting text in a Parallels virtual machine?

In Windows 8, the control key is helpful for navigating and selecting text. Ctrl-arrow skips words, and ctrl-shift-arrow selects a word at a time. I created a Win 8 virtual machine using Parallels 8 ...
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How do I turn off the international keyboard?

I set my keyboard to English (United States) - United States-International. How do I turn it off? I no longer need to type things like é by typing 'e and its
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How to change a keycode using setkeycodes

I have a Thinkpad Edge E130 running Sabayon (a Gentoo-based distro), and I'm fighting the well-know bug Xorg 255 keycodes limit. My laptop has the Fn+F4 hotkey for Mic Mute/Unmute. This is the ...
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Random typing errors

Recently, I seem to have been making more than my usual number of typing errors. (I'm a mediocre touch-typer and have been touch-typing for about 45 years.) The odd thing is that this problem didn't ...
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Mouse works fine but keyboard (not wireless) not responding to anything

I read previous questions like mine and looked to see if keys were depressed and checked to make sure the mouse key was off in the system preferences. The mouse works just fine but the keyboard seems ...
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Laptop keyboard stopped functioning properly

Basically today out of blue my laptop keyboard started acting up. For example I press "s" but I see "`s" on the screen. Some keys don't work at all. And the weird thing is it keeps changing, in a ...
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USB keyboard and mouse not responding in Windows Vista when the computer starts

I have this weird problem with a Windows Vista desktop PC. It uses a wired USB keyboard and mouse and they both worked perfectly for several years. Then all of a sudden one day the keyboard and the ...
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Ctrl key is broken on HP Envy is broken, where can I find a replacement

I work as a developer so I have to use key combinations a lot. And I have HP Envy laptop. And the Ctrl key is broken for the second time. First time I just took one from my friend. But I don't have ...
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Strange. Asterisk key plays random Windows sound when pressed

This is a new one on me. When I press the "asterisk", or * button on my number pad (but not SHIFT+8), Windows makes either a "Exclamation" or "Windows ding" sound. I haven't noticed a pattern to which ...
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Typing an ellipsis on Windows

Occasionally I find the need to include an ellipsis in my writing. I could just use three periods, but that's bad typography. Is there a way to insert … just using the keyboard? Similar to ...
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How to automate mouse and keyboard

For UI testing I was looking for way to automate mouse movement, clicking and keyboard typing. The only thing which I have found so far is auto clicker typer. It works fine, but the problem that it ...
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Remapping keys without external software

It seems my keyboard keys do not match up to their actual outputs, it's a UK keyboard, with the UK language installed on the operating system. In this case Windows 8. for example the AT key on the ...
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My computer has no place for a keyboard cord

I have a dell d630 laptop and I recently bought a Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard 1.0a. When I looked over my computer for a place to plug the cord in, however, I couldn't find one. The end of ...
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Keep OSX from switching Keyboard layout automatically

I’m not using a normal Apple Keyboard on my Mac. It’s a standard ISO keyboard with a German Layout. Unfortunately this keyboard is not supported by OSX by default. So some keys are not working right. ...
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How To Map Fn+Key (Multiple Keys) To Other Key in Windows?

I've got a ThinkPad W530 laptop, which replaces the Application Key (also known as Menu Key or Mouse Right Click key, usually between Right Alt and Right Ctrl) with the Print Screen key. So, I need ...
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Keyboard types correctly in one account/wrong in another Windows XP

I'm helping a friend with an old XP laptop. When trying to do something simple like typing "msconfig" in Safe Mode in the User account, the only thing that shows up is "0sc6nf5g". If I log in as admin ...
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Keyboard behaving erratically

Every time I press E, a new window pops up. Whenever I press T, a tab pops up. I don’t understand what is happening. I can’t type or anything (I am typing this question on my phone). Have I ...
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How to compose key in Linux

This topic has been addressed on quite a few web pages of this website, however I do not yet understand the full extent of the things that we might be able to do with the Compose key. A user here has ...
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Sublime Text mac shift-delete (backspace)

In Sublime Text (2), I can't find the shift-delete that I had in BBEdit, where shift delete removes one character from the right of the cursor. I can't turn on this keyboard shortcut. How can I do ...
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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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Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut not working

When using my Windows 7 PC, the Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut does nothing. Interesting notes: Choosing the same command from the menu works (such as Edit > Redo) Both the Ctrl and Y keys work fine ...
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Computer to act as keyboard

Title explains it. Imagine this example, Host computer connects to a Client computer via male/male usb connection. Client computer acknowledges this connection as a new device, in this case a ...
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Keyboard leds and X11 configuration changes randomly

I've been having this problem for a while now (= months). Though it's not life or death, it's like radiation poisoning - it accumulates, and reached a critical point. Here goes: The Numlock and ...
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Where are xmodmap settings saved?

I created my own keyboard layout and loaded it with xmodmap .Xmodmap. Now I want to go back to a default layout, but after a reboot the layout defined with xmodmap are still present. What files is ...
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Sony Vaio dead keyboard

I have strange problem with my almost new laptop. Aftear I leave it turned on for some hours and back to use it, it was printing something like ^[[2~ on the screen and I cannot stop it. After ...
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How can I map a key combination to a certain character in WinXP?

I use the United States-International keyboard layout for my computer. I want to map a special character to a key combination (for example, I want to type the interrobang by pressing shift+!+?) Is ...
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How to change qwerty keyboard to standard mobile phone keypad? [closed]

I just purchased a Lenovo p700i with Ice Cream OS on it. I can't seem to find where to change the qwerty keyboard layout to standard mobile phone keypad layout. Do you have any ideas?
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How do I disable a laptop's build-in keyboard on ubuntu?

I have a Kinesis keyboard that I ideally like to use by placing it on top of my laptop. When I do that, I wind up pressing keys on the built-in keyboard with my external keyboard. I've been playing ...
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Is USB supported in safe mode on XP?

According Microsoft, "Universal Serial Bus Devices Do Not Work in Safe Mode" under XP. However, in my testing this is incorrect. USB keyboards, mice and flash drives seem to work fine in safe mode (I ...
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Keyboard setup in a KVM configuration

I'm using a Fedora 16 notebook and a Windows 7 desktop at work. The notebook stays turned on and closed under the desk and I use the desktop's display and keyboard. To switch between desktop and ...
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How to select File menu in Mac, just like Alt + F in Windows?

I have a Macbook Air with Mac OSX 10.8.2 . I have been wondering how do I select the File Menu which I am so used to doing in Windows using Alt+F, so that I do not have to click on the File menu each ...
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Install English keyboard layout on Mac OS X

I have this Swedish MacBook so it came with a Swedish keyboard. It's almost the same as the English one but they have some additional letters and most of the special symbols are not in the "right" ...