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

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Keyboard intermittantly connecting and disconnecting in Windows 8.1

I have been experiencing an issue where my keyboard will occasionally disconnect for several seconds, and then reconnect and function normally. When it disconnects, the keyboard doesn't function, and ...
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keyboard mapping doesn't work anymore

[EDIT: After the night it came back to normal. IMO it's a hardware pb because sometimes it comes back, and then disappear...] I don't know why, but suddently, the keys "a" and "q" begun to do the ...
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In Sublime Text 3, how to use the search/replace “flags”?

In Sublime Text 3 (on Windows), I'm trying to replace text. The respective panel (see screenshot, highlighted parts, too) allows one to turn on or off several search/replace flags. I am trying to ...
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USB drivers for an ASUS M5 A78L USB3 motherboard

My three year old 64 bit Windows 7 PC has an ASUS M5 A78L USB3 motherboard with two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. I used the Driver Booster app to bring my drivers up to date. The result was ...
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Windows 7 On Screen Keyboard - Prevent from ever opening

I have an application on my computer which pops up the on screen keyboard any time that an input field is clicked (for text entry). This application was designed for windows 8 touch screen machines ...
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Apply keyboard mapping to external keyboard without restarting Ubuntu

I use Lubuntu 14.04, and have the following in .xmodmap: remove Lock = Caps_Lock keycode 0x42 = Control_L add Control = Control_L Which turns CapsLock into an extra Control key. This works fine for ...
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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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How to generate obelus (aka division symbol) in Windows?

In Windows how do you generate '÷' ? In Obelus Wiki, it is written: In Microsoft Windows, the obelus is produced with Alt+0247 on the number pad or by pressing Alt Gr+⇧ Shift++ when an ...
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How to bind DualShock 4 controller buttons to keyboard keys using AutoHotKey or similar?

Recently I bought a DualShock 4 controller (for Playstation 4 originally) and connected it to my PC using a third-party application called something like DS4Windows or DS to XInput Mapper. The scripts ...
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Some keys pause/resume working under Windows 8.1, Lenovo U530 Touch, namely: left, up, Home, End

When one of those keys stop working, all others do the same. Interestengly, when I press simultaniously Space+Left+Up it produced F5 key stroke. This confirms that hardware is not malfunctioning. ...
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How to update/edit MAC keyboard input source definition file

Somewhere back in time (and possibly in a galaxy far far away) I had added an Input Source to my OS/X mavericks. I believe I have located the file that was used as the definition. However, it is not ...
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Both ctrl keys not working

I've recently got Win 8.1 p\Pro and a new keyboard and mouse(Slimstar c110). The keyboard worked but suddenly both of my CTRL keys aren't working. I tried doing tests and doing shortcuts but they ...
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win xp will not find my usb keyboard at startup

My windows xp computer will not recognize my usb keyboard on startup. I get stuck at the login screen. It will recognize my usb mouse. The keyboard is good because it allows me into the bios and ...
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How can I make my wireless keyboard respond faster

I am using an A4tech wireless keyboard(GL-6) with my windows xp.I am experiencing some issues with my keyboard.Very often during my typing, sometimes it doesn't respond to my key-presses and ...
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Keyboard ignoring Alt-X

I got a new laptop (Toshiba S50-B-020, Windows 8.1) and the keyboard is 99.9% fine, except that it does nothing when I type Alt-Z, Alt-X or Alt-C. The Alt key works with all other combinations that I ...
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where are the function key row keys explained for the dell inspiron N5010, what does the “A” key do?

What does the "A" key do? What does the key to its right do (looks like a plug or an AA battery). What does the key to the left of the "A" key do? What does the key to the right of the Fn12 key do?
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Ctrl button 'sticks' in Windows 7

For three weeks now I have this problem that drives my insanity up - and my productivity down: Whenever I hit the CTRL button, my computer keyboard behaves as if I the CTRL button were pressed all ...
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Delete/backspace keys not working on Microsoft Sculpt keyboard

Just bought a new Ms Sculpt keyboard for use with my Mac. Problem: Delete/backspace keys don't work. The weird thing is that cmd+del or cmd+bkspace both work, but the keys don't work no their own. ...
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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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Mapped keyboard shortcuts that generate text responses (macros maybe)

I've got a seemingly simple idea where I would press a combination of keys (like Ctrl + Alt + Z) and paste a previously written(and saved) response on wherever I'm typing. This is meant to work in a ...
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How do I assign Shift-Delete to do exactly same as Fn-Delete on Mac Keyboard using OS X 10.9.5

I would like for RightShift-Delete to perform exactly as Fn-Delete currently behaves (deletes character right of cursor) on my Mac using OS X 10.9.5. I don't want to use another app. I'm hoping ...
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Add second key combination to switch between keyboard layouts in Xubuntu

In windows you can switch between English and Bulgarian language with Alt + Shift. But there is an option to switch between Bulgarian Traditional and Bulgarian Phonetic layout using Ctrl + Shift. When ...
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How to disable one keyboard language that case when don't see it in the language bar?

I have strange problem in my computer. I use two keyborad local: Hungary, English. After Windows Update my computer default language was set to Latvia (LV). But I cannot see this languauge in settings ...
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How can I setup OS X's terminal.app to perform the correct actions for the ctrl key?

These are the key mappings i'm looking for: Ctrl+← : jump one word back Ctrl+→ : jump one word forward Ctrl+del : delete one word I want to do this by modifying the mappings in the ...
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Can I make the Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent?

Is there a way to make the standard Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent? I simply want to be able to type underneath the keyboard and still see what I'm typing, like on the picture ...
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How to move cursor in a webpage by keyboard only?

Suppose we can't use a mouse but only the keyboard. How can we move the cursor and select different items in a webpage? (in Firefox or Chromium-browser) For example, when I open uperuser.com, I ...
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Both Control keys not working

so .. suddenly both of my control keys stopped working. The machine is an Acer Aspire 5950G laptop running Windows 7. Things I've already tried: Pressing ctrl + alt + fn doesn't do anything, ...
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AHK build “central” of keyboard shortcuts

I would like to have a universal shortcut, either on the computer as a whole or just in some limited programs (like for example only when chrome is active). (PS. I use AHK language here, so ^ is ctrl ...
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How to toggle Caps Lock status on remote Windows system?

Sometimes people turned on the Caps Lock on a remote Windows system which is running VNC service. When I connect to the remote system through VNC Viewer, the Caps Lock status on the local and remote ...
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VMWare + Windows 8, wrong keyboard mappings

I've been running Mac OS X + VMWare Fusion for a long time, with no problems what so ever. But earlier today I upgraded to Mac OS X Yosemite, and after that VMWare didn't want to start my virtual ...
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How do I remap «Start» menu to another key?

That's the question. Under Kubuntu I have the key with logo bound to Awesome WM actions, and almost every time for I am switching from the VirtualBox with XP to any another desktop or a window, the ...
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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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Google Chrome Hijacks my Microsoft Keyboard Media Keys

I have the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which includes media keys. Whenever Google Chrome (Version 38.0.2125.104 m (64-bit) on Windows 8.1 Update 1) has focus, the media keys (pause/play) ...
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CM Devastator Keyboard - Turn On Backlight, Turn OFF Scroll Lock

So I recently purchased a CM Devastator keyboard, which has a LED backlight. The catch is, that the backlight is toggled with the ScrollLock key. So you have to have ScrollLock "On" in order to have ...
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vmware player 6.0.3 keyboard focus settings [duplicate]

Running VMware Player 6.0.3 under Windows 7. When using windows ALT+TAB to switch from other windows app to VMware Player, the VMware window takes the keyboard focus but does not direct keyboard input ...
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Caps lock works as left arrow

I have came to work and discovered that my CapsLock key is not working, but it is actually working as left arrow key. I have tested with PassMark Keyboard test, and if i press CapsLock, left arrow is ...
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xmonad overrides some key combinations

Xmonad (on Ubuntu) seems to override some key combinations. For example, C-<space> does nothing in emacs (not even recognized when trying to get help about it: C-h k C-<space>). I checked ...
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DIN 5 keyboard to USB?

I have an old keyboard with a DIN 5 connector, I noticed that the wiring on a DIN 5 connector is basically identical to the USB based 4 contact wiring. Can I just blindly wire a DIN 5 ( starting from ...
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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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Can I assign keyboard shortcuts to laptop-specific commands?

I mean the combinations like Fn + F2 which switches wireless. Since I don't have a Fn key on my USB keyboard, can I assign global shortcuts to, for example decrease the screen brightness from my USB ...
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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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Mouse freezes if keyboard is used

I just setup a new Windows 7 computer and if I use the keyboard, especially the Ctrl/Alt/Shift keys, the mouse freezes. The keyboard is fine (as a matter of fact, my mouse is frozen as I write ...
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Keyboard showing . after typing a series of keys quickly

I have an issue on my Windows 7 64-bit where by whenever I press a series of keys quickly in a row, i.e. 123, the subsequent result that would appear on my screen would be 1, 2, (enter key) 3. A ...
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Ctrl-S not working in all (tested) Windows applications

I mean that pressing Ctrl-S will not save current file. If I use Ctrl-Shift-S (in Notepad++) it will save all files. If I use File->Save menu item - it will save current file. Depending on this data ...
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Mac OS X: Turn regular F-keys into media keys

I recently bought a regular keyboard for my MacBook to complete my stationary DJ set. But when I did, I didn't find a way to remap the F[1-12] keys to media keys. Basically, what I am looking for is, ...
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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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flexible keyboard replaces some letters with numbers

I'm having an issue with my flexible keyboard.It is typing the wrong keys when I type a key for example (I'll do this alongside my computer keyboard to explain) 5 is i, 4 is u, 1 is j, 2 is k, 3 is L, ...
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Give Vimperator key combinations (e.g. <C-i>) priority over all site specific ones

When in an input field the key combination <C-I> opens an instance of your editor where you can then write and save so the output is sent to the input field. However, when I use this key ...
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OSX Mavericks cycle through active buttons

I have moved to OSX from a while now and something that really bugs me is that I can't cycle through the buttons of an app. For instance when I try to close an application and it asks me wether I ...