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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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HP Laptop keyboard and touchpad shut off randomly

It's an HP Pavilion DV7 (AMD quad-core) and it's HD has just been replaced. OS was loaded from OEM disks. Now, the keyboard and touchpad just stop working after a few seconds to quite a few minutes ...
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Prevent media keys volume control affecting system volume

I've just purchased a DasKeyboard 4, and I'd like to have the volume controls only affect my media player (Winamp), but not the system volume. (Purely for convenience reasons - I want to be able to ...
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TeamViewer Mac keyboard layout on Ubuntu

I'm using Mac OS X 10.9.4 with TeamViewer 9.0.31181. I use iMac keyboard, but when I remotely control a Ubuntu Desktop, the "delete" button has no response and arrow keys generate abnormal keystrokes ...
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Using function keys without [FN] key with Apple Wireless Keyboard on Windows 7 Machine (no bootcamp)

I currently use the Apple Wireless Keyboard on my work PC (just my preference). For the most part it works fine. Since I do a lot of programming, I end up using the function keys a lot. However, in ...
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Disable the Underline Keyboard and shortcut Option in windows 7 from Registry

I user Tweak me and ultimate windows tweaker and I have somehow managed to turn on the Underline Keyboard and shortcut Option now I find it impossible to turn it off. I Ease of Access the "Underline ...
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Customize Keyboard Volume Slider in Windows

My keyboard (the Das Keyboard 4 Professional) has a big red volume dial. At work this is completely useless to me, as I have no speakers, nor do I need to hear any sounds. Is there some way I can ...
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How fix my mouse and keyboard from disconnecting. is it the driver or the usb?

I am using a HID-compliant mouse and HID keyboard and they keep disconnecting. I tried every thing like reinstalling them, using msconfig and making a new INFCACHE.1 folder. But nothing works. Do I ...
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How to assign a local mouse and keyboard to a seperate display accesible over VNC (ubuntu)?

I want to turn a laptop, a Nexus 10, a mouse and a keyboard into two usable "computers". My current best plan is to create a separate display accessible over VNC for the Nexus to connect to in view ...
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Making a special key do a command Gentoo Linux (commandline!)

I have Gentoo installed on my MacBookPro7.1 (nVidia graphics card). With pommed, i can use the kb lights up and down buttons, also the volume up/down/mute buttons with alsa and the LCD backlight down ...
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Win 8, Photoshop CS2: escape key not working

For some reason, Photoshop is preventing the use of the escape key in other programs. This question is also asked here: Photoshop causing other programs not receive ESC key ...however the accepted ...
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Remote keyboard stops working when a specific program is running

There is a remote pc that we connect to, via the default Windows application "Remote Desktop Connection". Everything works fine until we open a specific program, which also happens to be the purpose ...
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macbook pro - red screen 2 weeks after coke on keyboard

Two weeks ago I dropped a cup of coke on keyboard of my Macbook Pro 2009 17". Instantly the machine self turned off and I turned it upside down. 20 minutes after I dismounted the machine and had no ...
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Win key (keyboard button) not working

I recently updated my Windows 7 x64. Before the updates, everything was working correctly, no issues. After updating, my keyboard's Windows key is not working and neither are its shortcuts. I ...
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Can't type into password box on login

I'm running Windows 8 trough Boot Camp on my 15" MacBook Pro Mid 2010 (Model 6,2). This has been working well for a long time. Since yesterday I'm having this issue though, that Windows boots to the ...
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Connecting bluetooth keyboard ubuntu 13.10 org.bluez.Input method not found

I am trying to connect a Logitech keyboard using Bluetooth. I can't get this to work by means of the GUI so I used my console to follow this approach: http://devasive.blogspot.be/2012/11/ubuntu-1204-...
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Keyboard intermittently stops working on Ubuntu

I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS on my desktop and my keyboard will occasionally stop responding for a few seconds. It immediately begins about a second or so afterwards, so nothing freezes. Just now I ...
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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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How to turn on “windows behaviour” home/end keys on Mac OS X

I'm a converted Mac user with a Windows past. I've been using a Mac laptop keyboard without home/end keys for several years now. Finally, I bought a Matias keyboard and found that home/end is ...
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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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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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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 (https://developer.nvidia.com/linux-...
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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 ...