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

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Change behaviour of `tab` key cycling through Firefox user interface components

Firefox 34.0 introduced an "enhancement" for the search bar that is normally located the the top left. When I open a new tab (Ctrl+t), it opens to about:startpage. In my case, this is a Ubuntu ...
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How can I trigger the touch keyboard in the guest in VirtualBox full screen mode on an Windows 8.1 Surface host?

Running VirtualBox on a Windows 8.1 Surface host, I am running a Windows XP guest with guest additions installed. When I have my Virtual Box machine in windowed mode I can tap the touch keyboard icon ...
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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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Microsoft Pinyin New experience input style default language

I am using Windows 7. I enabled the Microsoft Pinyin New Experience Input for simplified Chinese. I know how to switch it between english and chinese keyboards. However, after switching the keyboard, ...
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xmodmap remapping doesn't work in java swing applications (like Intellij-IDEA)

I created a .Xmodmap file to remap my Caps_Lock to Mode_switch. This allows me to reassign my Arrow/Navigation Block of the keyboard to the home row. Everything worked fine, until I realized, that ...
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How to type Euro symbol in keyboard that only have `$`?

is there a way to type Euro symbol (something like shortcut) when my keyboard doesn't have that symbol ? My keyboard only have $. Each time I want to type Euro symbol what I do is copy paste from ...
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Toshiba satellite Keyboard ModleP755

I have a Toshiba satellite Laptop p755 model. It was working fine for about a year and half but one day the a, b, n, 7 (on the number pad), Enter and ←(left arrow) suddenly stopped working. The other ...
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How to use Keyboard Arrow Keys during LUKS key prompt?

I have recently installed Linux Mint 17.1 laptop, during set up I checked the checkbox to encrypt the installation drive. I chose my passphrase, everything installed fine. On reboot, I am prompted ...
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Why won't some Bluetooth keyboards pair in Windows 8.1?

I've got three different Bluetooth keyboards that I use on my Windows 8.1 PC. Apple Wireless Keyboard Logitech K810 Generic knockoff version on an Apple Wireless Keyboard by iClever I've been ...
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ctrl,shift and alt stopped working on my cyborg keyboard

My ctrl, shift and alt keys stopped working on my Cyborg Keyboard, which looks like this: FIrst I fixed it by disconnecting it and connecting it back and it worked for a few days. Then I fixed it ...
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Keyboard Keys not functioning consistantly

I have a HP Pavilion g7-2017us Notebook PC, I will be typing and all of the letters do not type when I press them. It is very sporadic and not any particular key.
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1qaz keys dont work and its not the keyboard

I have read a few of the other posts about keyboards not working but none seem to press on my issue. I built a friend a new PC about 4 months ago. 3 months ago 1qaz stopped working. She is not exactly ...
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Unexpected characters instead of keyboard input when using specific program in a remote session

I'm taking the Introduction to Operating Systems course, for running the operating system we study with (XV6) I need to use an emulator called Bochs. While trying to write input to Bochs I get ...
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What causes some keyboards to not be recognized and able to access the BIOS in post?

Why is it that some USB keyboards will allow you to access the BIOS menu like pushing F10 for example but others will not be responsive? How do you know if the key board will or will not work? And ...
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Remove Microsoft's Debugger hold on F12 Key in Windows 7

I'm running Windows 7 64 Bit and I read that Microsoft reserves the F12 key for debugging even if no debugger is working... http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646309%28VS.85%29.aspx In Winamp ...
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How to find the numeric code(s) corresponding to arbitrary key?

How can I find out the numeric code(s) that my keyboard sends when I press some arbitrary key, or key chord, such as Ctrl-', or ⌘-5?
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Laptop keyboard outputting surrounding keys [duplicate]

A strange output problem. The laptop in question is a Dell Inspirion N5040. Today after powering up the keyboard is acting erratically. For example, pressing b and f keys output rfvb. F produces fvb. ...
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Add custom fn (function key) bindings to keyboard

my old laptop keyboard had a great functionality especially for programming. Holding Shift+FN+Key-Right selected the text from the current cursor position to the line ending. Shift+FN+Key-Left ...
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How to permanently set the key pressed event of any given key (eg: Right shift, a, b ,c)

I would like to keep a key pressed without physically holding it down in windows. I certainly do not want to have a key-repeat, just key pressed. Sticky Keys does not address this solution. I am ...
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How do I change the input language for a program being run as another user?

On Windows 8.1, alt-shift changes the input language/keyboard for all programs. This works fine for applications that I'm running under my own user account. But if I start a program with "runas", ...
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Disable 'BrowserSearch' key in windows 8

I'm working with Windows 8 that is connected to a remote Bluetooth media buttons (Next\Prev\VolUp\Vol\Down\PlayPause). When clicking on the center button, the name of the pressed key is : ...
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What's the difference between a Sun Type 6 and Type 7 keyboard?

I'm thinking of connecting a Sun keyboard to a PC (preferably via USB). Doing research I found that the most recent keyboards appear to be the Type 6 and Type 7 keyboards. What is the difference ...
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key board is not working on Os,but it works on Bios menu

My keyboard is not working on OS, but it works on bios menu.Its also works on another PC.The computer device manager shows the keyboard driver not available,but i tried to download that, but i can't ...
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Windows8.1 won't let normal user choose a specific input language

On my new Windows 8.1 box, I managed to configure an administrator user to use keyboard "Français - Belgique". But when I use the exact same procedure for a user without administrator privilege, ...
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Keyboard is not working, can't type the letter s [closed]

Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving eve. I am having keyboard trouble. I can't type the letter s on my keyboard. I am using a laptop, but I have tried using an external keyboard too, and I get the ...
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How to assign custom keyboard shortcuts to Preview app on Mac OS X Yosemite?

I want to assign a keyboard shortcut to the "Blank Page" menu item in Preview on Mac OS X Yosemite. Keyboard shortcuts on Mac are easy to assign, so I thought it would just work: But it doesn't ...
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Debian 7.7 keyboard and touchpad.didn't work

Yesterday I was installed Debian 7.7 with kernel 3.2.0 and GNOME 3.4.2. Today I found my right button on touchpad didn't work. I made it to work when I press the left button for a few seconds, but it ...
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Shift+Key in two keystrokes

Is there any way to use the shift key in the following manner: 'click' the shift key, and then click the key to be shifted? Of course I can use the caps-lock key, but then I would have to click it ...
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What is the correct way for using a laptop keyboard CTRL/SHIFT/ALT keys?

Sometimes I find myself doing strange acrobatics when using my laptop, specially when using these keys: CTRL, SHIFT or ALT. What are some rules or tricks to make typing on a laptop keyboard less ...
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How to remap Enter as a right control modifier in Win 8.1?

I did this with keyRemap4macbook on OSX. Enter alone works as Enter but Enter+Key becomes Ctrl+Key. How do I do this in Windows?
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Windows 7: Italian Keyboard: Typing capitalized accented vowels

I am running Windows 7 on a computer with an Italian keyboard. Such a keyboard has keys for producing the lowercase accented grave characters à, è, ì, ò, ù, and it is also possible to produce the ...
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Windows 8.1 automatically change my keyboard settings, why? How can I solve this issue?

I am frequently experiencing the following strange issue on my Windows 8.1 (installed on an Asus notebook). When I copy and paste some text form a document into a forum (it happens often when I copy ...
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How to reinstall osx with a windows keyboard

I read that the hotkey to use for reinstalling osx is cmd + r but I have a windows keyboard plugged in and I am wondering what I can do to reinstall osx with this keyboard?
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Logitech K330 keyboard remap keys

There is a function key instead of right click button. Function key: right-click button I want to remap fn key to right click key. I used sharpkeys software, but it did not work. Are there any ...
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Why is there no flat mechanical keyboard?

I am surprised that I cannot find any flat mechanical keyboard. Is there any technical reason for that, or the market is just too small? The mechanical keyboard I use has an actuation point at 2mm ...
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Keyboard AltGr/Ctrl/Shift stops working

I've had this recurring problem lately that all the modifier keys AltGr, Ctrland Shift stop working. Alt still works, after a fashion. I discovered the problem first when pressing Alt+Tab stopped ...
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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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Keyboard half working

I have trouble with the keyboard on windows 7 Home edition. The "main" keyboard doesn't work only extra (useless) keys work.Such as the email key, media player key and such. I can't do a system ...
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Keyboard doesnt work after windows 7 starts

When I start my computer, keyboard lights up, but after the windows 7 starts the keyboard becomes totally inactive and cannot use the keyboard. I have tried to use wireless keyboard, wired keyboard ...
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Is there any way to reverse the function and media keys on a bluetooth keyboard?

Is there any way to reverse the function and media keys on a bluetooth keyboard? I have a Genius Luxepad 9000 - it is meant for iPad but works on Windows also. I must hold down the fn key to access ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for international characters with non-US keyboards

I am looking on this list for typing non-English characters in Word: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/keyboard-shortcuts-for-international-characters-HP005186562.aspx I want to type ...
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Change default keyboard layout with bash script

I would like to know if there's way to create a bat script which does the following things: Add US-Dvorak as a keyboard on the computer if it's not already there. (Maybe this helps, but we also need ...
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How can I use the contextual menu key to insert a bullet or number list?

I moved from using Word 2003 to 2013 with a brief spell using 2007 and 2010. The more Word becomes intuitive, the less it enables users to do what they used to be able to do with keyboard shortcuts. ...
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can't get bluetooth headset + Mouse + keyboard to work together

I have an alienware Dell PC and a normal Bluetooth USB adaptor with a data transfer rate of up to 3mbps. Connected to this Bluetooth adaptor I have a pair of Bluetooth Bose headphones. When connected ...
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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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How to unbind global hotkey in X11 (X Window System / xorg)?

I have an application (quicktile) that uses Xlib to install a global hotkey via key grabbing (XGrabKey). However some keys are already bound by some other application: WARNING: Failed to bind key. ...
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Up/Left arrow keys + another key doesn't 'work' [duplicate]

I hope I'm right in thinking this is the site where you post general computer-related problems... A problem I have when playing games (since you won't be pressing multiple keys simultaneously anytime ...
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When pressing Up+left + another key, the last key doesn't 'work'

I hope I'm right in thinking this is the site where you post general computer-related problems... A problem I have when playing games (since you won't be pressing multiple keys simultaneously anytime ...
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Trying to find a way to fn-lock a desktop keyboard

I recently replaced the keyboard for my desktop PC (traded Apple Wired kbd for new one, old one was worn out). The F keys worked fine on my old one, but I can't for the life of me get the F keys to ...