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

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Some keys not functioning consistently

The following keys are not working consistently on my keyboard: 5 6 0 Caps Lock Del There are times that I have to press them repeatedly before it works. Other times, they work effortlessly with ...
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change Keyboard layout for startup in Scientifc Linux 6

I installed Scientific Linux 6 on my work machine and chose the wrong keymap during installation. Changing it when once you're logged in is easy. But the problem is that for the login screen the ...
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Execute a command using a Linux Mint shortcut

I'm looking to add a shortcut to Linux Mint (Menu → Control Center → Keyboard Shortcuts) to execute xkill when I press +X. I've encountered two problems: 1) toggles the Menu in Linux Mint, which it ...
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How can I make Windows see the laptop's keyboard and track pad again?

Yes, this is "similar" but not the same to this other post. Device is MSI MS-1756 (GE70 0NC) Specs here BIOS Ver E1756IMS.10F 12/28/2012 15:13:13 EC 1756EMS1 Ver 4.0 10/30/2013 OS Windows 7 SP1 This ...
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What keyboard key is the safest to press to wake a computer from screen saver?

Just wondering, any OS, any computer. What if I accidentally double-tap the key? Or what if the screensaver wasn't on? I'm guessing delete and escape are quite bad, along with ctrl-c and hitting the ...
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Adobe Acrobat XI Pro: any option to invoke OCR tool with a keyboard hotkey (shortuct) only without mouse

As surprising as it may sound, I could not find any option to run from keyboard a command to start OCR (Optical character recognition) operation for the current document. Many (actually the most) in ...
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Laptop keyboard stops functioning on contact with metal plating

To explain in more detail: My laptop a Lenovo G580 started self spamming a few months back, and no idea why. The usual culprit was the '/' character. When this happens I can't type or click on a text ...
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Scroll Lock key on for keyboard lights but off for Excel

My keyboard uses the Scroll Lock key to turn the lights for the keys and key background on and off. Excel uses the same key to control movement when using the arrow keys. How can I "tell" Excel the ...
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I pressed the sleep button on my keyboard and now I can't wake up my computer

My motherboard is the 970 extreme 4 and the lights and fans turn on but my keyboard and monitor aren't working. My monitor says it has no signal and the keyboard light doesn't turn on. I've tried ...
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Do not allow windows applications to take control of the master volume keys?

I have a volume wheel on my keyboard which I LOVE, however it annoys me when certain applications such as the youtube player and some videogames take control of the keyboard volume input and don't let ...
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How to prevent Alt+Shift from switching keyboard layout before keyup?

Motivation: In an appplication I'm using, Alt+Shift+R is taken up by -- well, never mind what, something app-specific. However, on my Linux system (Kubuntu 12.04 specifically), when I press Alt+Shift ...
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Keyboard acting weird (c,v and h randomly stop working, windows key randomly stuck, ..)

A couple of weeks ago my keyboard started acting weird. Randomly but only for one application (i think it only happens to Chrome), the keys c v and h will stop working. They would still work in other ...
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Windows 8 TabTip on screen keyboard

I need the on screen (TabTip) keyboard on Windows 8.1 to automatically come up on touch even with a keyboard plugged in. Currently, it only automatically comes up if a keyboard IS NOT plugged in. Is ...
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USB keyboard randomly stops working (can't reset device error: -32)

Once in a while (extremely rarely, maybe once every few months), my keyboard stops accepting input, seemingly randomly. The mouse is dragged down at the same time. What I tried initially: ...
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Switching left alt and left win

I have a Thinkpad X230 (german layout, [edit]running linux[/edit]) and I want to switch the left win- and the left alt-key somehow with the right alt-key (AltGr) not being touched. However, I haven't ...
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Cannot enter backslash on Windows 7

On my Windows 7 laptop, I have recently encountered a strange problem: The key for the backslash does not work. I use a German keyboard, where the backslash is entered using one of: Strg (Ctrl) + ...
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water damage keyboard not working correctly

I have a Sony Vaio VGN-AW330J laptop, I spilled water on it over a year ago. At the time when i spilled water on it, I immediately turned it off and let it dry for a week. After a week I tried to turn ...
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How to log into Windows 7 using ASCII codes instead of real password

My friend uses a password with Farsi characters to log into Windows. However, while he was logged in he changed keyboard layout to US. Now while entering his password nothing happens. How can I ...
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Custom keyboard layout in sandboxed app?

I have a TN2056 Installable Keyboard Layout that I’ve placed in ~/Library/Keyboard Layouts. It is the default keyboard layout, and is used by all apps. But now with the new version of OmniGraffle ...
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Re-usable key binding in windows 7

I suspect this has previously been asked somewhere, but I cannot find it. Anyway, I have set up a key-binding so Ctrl-Alt-T opens Putty in Windows7. so far so good. However, this is only a single ...
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USB Mouse and Keyboard not working in Linux 4 Tegra

I am a new person in Tegra Linux development. I have Tamontem NG Evaluation board with Tegra 3 Chip. I installed L4T sample file system from NVIDIA tegra Resources ...
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keyboard shortcut for Xcode context search

I know there are keyboard shortcuts to search text within current file and all project.. however I'm wondering if there is a keyboard shortcut for the search bar that appears on the left column like ...
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Lenovo T60p ALT keys not working

I have a Lenovo T60p laptop, where the Alt and AltGr keys have stopped working. I use a Danish keyboard layout, where these keys are essential to produce many characters. I have done the following: ...
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When trying to play games have to hold down CTRL key to move while using WASD keys?

The problem I'm having is when I play games, for example Minecraft and Alice Madness returns (which I just bought). I have to hold down CTRL key to move while using the WASD keys. I shouldn't have to ...
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Eclipse (or JDK?) shifts keyboards

My installation of Eclipse, while using Java in Android projects, is changing my keyboard's layout when I write any invalid statement. For example: public class MainActivity extends Activity { ...
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Keyboard not responding on HP box

I have an old old old hp media center desktop. It is a 32 bit XP system and works well but recently the keyboard has stopped typing properly. The interactive keys at the top for media functions work ...
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USB Keyboards with fingerprint scanner

I am looking for keyboards with a built-in fingerprint scanner. I have only come across three models which can be purchased online, those being: Microsoft Optical Desktop with fingerprint Cherry ...
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Mac “c” key not working

My Mac is suffering from a keyboard key mapping problem. I don't know what system update or application update that changed just one key mapping: the "c" key Now whenever I press the "c" key under ...
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Remap Lock key on Thinkpad Edge E531

My Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E531 (running Windows 7) has a few unneeded media keys above the numpad (Calculator, Lock computer, Web browser and Explorer) that I would like to remap to something more ...
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Windows 8 embedded tiny touch keyboard

I have a Windows 8 embedded system with a portrait screen orientation. The touch keyboard is so tiny that I hardly see letters on it. Microsoft documentation says that touch keyboard size depends on ...
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Gnome 3 copy/paste with a Mac keyboard

I want to use a Mac keyboard in Linux with Gnome 3. What I essentially want is to have Cmd/Ctrl keys behave like in Mac: do all copy/cut/paste, window switch and etc. using Cmd key but in Terminal ...
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Remapping keys - only modifiers?

Are the modifier keys (shift, ctrl, alt, meta, super) the only keys that can be remapped? Is there any distinction between right and left modifiers? How do I know what synergy defines as Meta and ...
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How to use Windows key in Autohotkey as part of a macro

I have been using autohotkey on a terminal with 122 keys. I remapped the keys so that their original funky uses are now much closer to normal modern computers. I also mapped a scancode to Windows ...
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Shift and other random keys not working on external keyboard in Mac OS X 10.6.8

I've been using a Microsoft-made external (ergonomic/split) keyboard, connected via USB, to my Mac laptop without a problem for years. My OS is 10.6.8. Out of the blue, random keys stopped working on ...
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Linux - How to set up a shortcut to move window to different monitor?

I am using CentOS 6.4. I am aware the similar question has been raised before for Windows and OS X, but so far, the only solution I found for Linux is to press Alt+F7 and move it pixel-by-pixel, ...
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MS Office 2013 and Asian languages

I've got a Win7 computer with Office 2013 installed. System language is German. When switching input language to Thai I can type in the system dialog boxes (like start buttno app finder), but can't ...
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Enter key on ASUS Taichi is intermitent

My girlfriend recently got an ASUS Taichi. I have been setting it up and putting programs on it for the last day, and I have noticed that sometimes the enter key just doesn't work. It is not just ...
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Using the Apple keyboard on Ubuntu with the same MacOSX mappings

I am currently working on an Ubuntu 12.10 workstation, and as a Mac user I would like to use the big Apple keyboard (with numeric keypad) on Ubuntu with the same key mappings that I have on MacOSX. ...
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Dual Monitors Mac OS X - CMD + TAB AND move mouse to focused Application

On my computer setup I have dual monitors, one is vertical for code and the other is horizontal for the web browser. I am new to Mac OS X and was wondering if it was possible when switching apps with ...
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Command to change numeric point from comma to dot

On the numeric keyboard, the key between the 0 and the Enter is the . (Del) key. When I use this key (in notepad, windows explorer, MS Word, ...) it gives me a comma instead of a point (full stop). I ...
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Setting Multimeda keys and volume knob on Dell Mutlimedia Keyboard using KeyRemap4MacBook?

I have plugged in a dell multimedia keyboard with my macbook and I am using the software KeyRemap4MacBook to change some keys on the external keyboard. However I cannot setup the multimedia keys like ...
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Windows 7 calculator and numeric keypad not functioning properly

I have noticed a problem with my numeric keypad and the use of the Microsoft calculator ever since I installed Windows 7. When the calculator is started and I want to add two numbers together the ...
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Ubuntu boot menu not recognizing bluetooth keyboard

I have a 21.5" iMac, and I have recently installed Ubuntu on it on a different partition, so i can choose my preferred OS each time i boot the computer. When I installed Ubuntu, it automatically ...
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@ and ~ symbols unavailable in Xubuntu on VirtualBox with Norwegian keyboard

I`m running Xubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 14 in VirtualBox 4.10 with Windows 7 as the host system. My keyboard is a Logitech G110 with a Norwegian layout, and I have configured the host ...
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Shift key stays “pressed” in Gnome

I have a Linux with Gnome 2.6.1 which runs a VNC server. I access it only through the VNC and the problem is that when I press the Shift key, it stays pressed (so a cursor movement causes a text ...
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Laptop keyboard repeats keystrokes/characters at random

My laptop keyboard occasionally interprets a single keystroke as three keystrokes. This happens anywhere from 10-100 times/day in all programs and I can't isolate any pattern or cause. It definitely ...
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Why does my computer no longer recognize keyboards?

This is an Asus All-in-One from 2010 running Windows 8. The computer froze. Upon reboot, the keyboard was not detected and would not power up (the lights would not activate as they usually do.) I ...
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Letter keys are not working on Windows 8 sometimes?

I'm using a Razer Blackwidow and a wireless Logitech keyboard, I've install both Synapse 2.0 and Logitech Setpoint on my computer. The problem begin when I installed Kaspersky 1 week back, sometimes ...
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XEN 4.1.3 on OpenSuSE 12.2 not seeing keyboard of Dell XPS 1330

The title really says it all. When booting the XEN Hypervisor kernel, everything works flawlessly, except that the keyboard is not seen at all. If I plug a USB keyboard, it is recognized and I can ...
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USB disabled when installing CentOS 5.8

My USB keyboard does not response when installing CentOS 5.8 with options "linux noprobe". Given the fact that before installing from a burnt DVD, I once tried to install from a USB flash storage, it ...