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

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Keyboard dead through software?

I have a relatively new MSI-Laptop with W10 which has issues I never experienced before: recently the kbd stopped working (external USB as well as internal)! I rebooted several times, but it would not ...
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Shift Key won't work with F1,F2 etc. keys in gnome2. What could be the reason?

I have a vnc session with gnome2 desktop. The following are couple of examples where multiple key press working as expected and the last two examples have unexpected results (with F1 & F2). ...
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Super/Alt key combinations making screen go blank

I started having a weird issue on my Ubuntu Linux with KDE: if I press any of the following combinations: (Super or Alt) + left arrow (Super or Alt) + right arrow (Super or Alt) + any F-key The ...
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Caps and Num Lock Notifications in Windows 10

A few months ago I bought a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic keyboard. It installed some Microsoft proprietary software for itself that automatically set a notification to appear in the bottom right-hand ...
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Windows 7, every keyboard will only open calculators

This is a very strange problem. Yesterday morning after having no issues last night, I powered on my computer and couldn't log in. I eventually realized the problem was my keyboard not typing. I tried ...
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Custom language for Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC)

I'm trying to make a custom keyboard for my native language using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC). My native language is Khasi (iso-369-2 kha, iso-369-3 kha) and it is an unsupported ...
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Windows repeatedly delays keystrokes

I have a really weird problem, and Googling didn't get me to an answer regarding what could be the cause or even a solution: I am using a Windows PC with Windows 10 and an Apple Desktop Keyboard ...
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Set default input language on Windows 10

I have english version on Windows 10 Home installed on my computer. I want to use finnish input method with english language but it forces english as my input language. I have tried to add finnish as ...
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Quicker to access menu bar with keyboard: PC or Mac?

[Some background info:] I used to use Photoshop with PC and pressing alt > i > p (or c? cannot verify this now as I am using a Mac) quickly crops a selected area of the image. However, I am now ...
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Firefox randomly disables keyboard input

Firefox (Windows 7) will randomly disable keyboard input system wide. I have found that opening a new tab and loading a random page like google (by clicking a bookmark) can sometimes fix it. It ...
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How, in Windows 10, do I have two keyboards each of which automatically uses a separate input language?

I have to write code on a daily basis, and I prefer to do so with the standard American keyboard layout which I have used my entire life. At the same time, I find myself needing to type in German ...
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How can I get into the boot menu without a keyboard?

So my computer seems to be shot. I keep getting NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM blue-screen errors on startup. In an attempt to change a setting that would magically allow my computer to start up, I went into the ...
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bluetooth mouse and keyboard on surface pro interfere

Over the last few years, I've used a number (I've got 4 sets!) of: https://www.kogan.com/au/buy/wireless-bluetooth-keyboard-and-mouse-combo/ to connect full size keyboards and mice to my tablets and ...
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Keys getting stuck in virtualbox 5.0

Sometimes when I hold a key down or scroll too quickly with with my mousewheel, my virtual box VM will lock the key as pressed. The VM will then stop responding to any further input until (usually) I ...
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PC Keyboard with Mac: Alt-Tab + other basics?

I have a macbook pro and a keyboard meant for a PC. I want to remap some keys and, after googling around, found this: Simulate PC keyboard on Mac I just want a few basics: copy paste with ctrl-C + ...
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Laptop randomly presses “backspace” even with disabled keys

I have the most annoying problem in this god damned world. Every time i am browsing the internet the computer randomly presses backspace and throws me to the previous page. it happens completely ...
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Ubuntu Alt+Altgr+Q not working

I would like to know why I have this weird problem. Some sets of keybinding are not working. As example, "alt+altgr+q" doesn't do anything at all. I check it with xev for the keystrokes and I press ...
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Windows 10 - How do I unlock lock screen by pressing any key like Windows 8/8.1?

Having a single (local) user with no password In Windows 8/8.1, I could unlock the screen by pressing any key. In Windows 10, I first see the "background" lockscreen (the one that has a configurable ...
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Simulating mouse (or joystick) movement with keyboard 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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Showkey -s/-k & xev return nothing on keypress for bezel key. evtest returns value of 86 & 87

I am running Debian Jessie (8). I want to map a rocker switch on the side of a convertible tablet to Up/Down. Showkey -k/-s and xev worked for finding keycodes in Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04. Debian ...
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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 - Bluetooth mouse and keyboard disconnects automatically

I am using windows 8.1 on my Acer laptop and I have at office and at home Bluetooth keyboards and mouses, because of its comfort. But I got the issue that all of these devices are disconnected ...
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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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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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Xmodmap ignored in Firefox, revisited

Related posts, but no solution: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20386403/xmonad-xmodmap-changed-tab-to-alt-gr-but-it-doesnt-work-on-firefox-or-thunderbi Iso_level3_shift key not working in Firefox ...
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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 do I change my keyboard layout on linux?

How do I reconfigure my keyboard layout on Linux, so that: Caps lock becomes a modifier key for a numeric keyboard layout on the place of M<>JKLUION. ; becomes a dead key so pressing it ...
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Keyboard mapping issues when using Ubuntu RDP client into AWS Windows 8 box?

I am using Remmina on my local Ubuntu 12.0.4 PC to run an RDP client session into a Windows 8 box running Amazon Web Services, with the US keyboard mapping selected in Remmina. I'm having a problem ...
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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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Instruct VMWare to Ignore certain keys

I am wondering if it is possible to have my guest OS in VMWare ignore certain key codes/key strokes. I have certain keys and keystrokes used to change the volume control and switch desktops in the ...
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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 ...