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

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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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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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@ 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 ...
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laptop keyboard backslash key stuck?

My laptop keyboard backslash key seems to have got stuck. If i open notepad it continuously starts writing. It stops for a while and starts again. But if i try to press the back slash key it does not ...
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Where are xmodmap settings saved?

I created my own keyboard layout and loaded it with xmodmap .Xmodmap. Now I want to go back to a default layout, but after a reboot the layout defined with xmodmap are still present. What files is ...
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Mac Keyboard Command key remapping doesn't work in Terminal

I'm using a Mac keyboard on Linux Mint 13 - Mate. I want to be able to copy/paste/cut as I done on the Mac, but on Linux with this Mac keyboard. I tried the settings I've found mentioned in several ...
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When Caps lock pressed it used to display cap's lock is ON, now it is not showing

When Caps lock pressed it used to display cap's lock is ON, now it is not showing. Dell studio 1569..re-installed win 7 64 bit.
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How to customized function key for Acer Aspire in windows 7

Many times, when copy and paste, i tend to click fn+c, fn+v instead of ctrl+c, ctrl+v, is there a way to map fn key to control key, when I do not need the fn key? Of course sometimes I need it to say ...
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Keyboard mapping faulty after water hazard on OS X SL 10.6.8

Immediately after spilling water on my Macbook (Late 2009 Unibody A1342) it went crazy and made mouse and keyboard input all by itself until I could turn it off. After replacing the topcase I'm still ...
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Left-most column of keys kills audio, Lenovo W520

In my Lenovo 520, I have found that hitting Tab kills the audio. This happens also with tilde (~), Caps Lock, and Shift. This happens if I hit the keys with normal force but if I press them very ...
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Numeric keys on Apple keyboard

I have an Apple keyboard. I have numeric keys on the {'J', 'k','l','u','i'.'o'.'p','m' } keys. When I set Num Lock to off, it stops Num Lock for 2 seconds, and re-enables numeric keys. I tried ...
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Keyboard / keymap problems with Xubuntu 12.04 + NX nomachine

I'm running NX client on my Macbook Pro to connect to a Xubuntu 12.04 desktop at work. I have configured NX client to start up a console upon connection. I am able to connect to my remote linux ...
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How do you catch and change keyboard characters with python?

I wanted to make silly custom keyboards, that would translate keystrokes to equivalents in silly alphabets (leetspeek, Cyrillic transliterations, upside-down characters..), but that turned out to be ...
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Mouse and keyboard malfunction on Windows 7

I experience intermittent problems where my mouse won't click and hold, so I cannot select text or draw a box or anything in Photoshop. I have encountered this issue with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and ...
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When using SCIM to type Hangul, space moves the syllable before going to the next word

When I type Hangul using the SCIM input on Ubuntu, when I press space, the last syllable automatically moves over a space, then adds another space. This goes away if I press a period and backspace it, ...
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Changing hotkey for keyboard layout in Windows XP

The hotkey for changing keyboard layouts in XP are bound only to Alt+Shift or Ctrl+Shift. Is is possible to enable a hotkey toggle, like holding Ctrl to toggle the alternate layout, and releasing it ...
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Spacebar not working (Ubuntu server / MAC client)

I am having the following problem. When I press spacebar on the server, the client receives this sequence META+SHIFT+Z. Thus, I can't input any space in the client. Server is an Ubuntu 11.10, client ...
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Create bluetooth device

Can I use my bluetooth enabled laptop to create bluetooth keyboards or other devices? ps: I would like to use my laptop keyboard on my PS3
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Keyboard Slow on a high power machine.

I am having a terrible time with my high powered machine. The keyboard is not displaying the keys as quickly as I type. Sometimes I have to wait up to a minute for the key to display. When I type ...
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What does the left control key on a Mac map to in Debian?

I'd like to use the left control key on my mac as the compose key in Debian, but I can't figure out what its equivalent is in the installation menu. My best guess is that left control on a Mac maps ...
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Is it possible to control the LED on Apple Wireless Keyboard on Linux?

I use an Apple Wireless Keyboard on Linux 3.0 and have remapped the CapsLock Key and use it frequently now and would like to turn off the LED as it has lost its function. There is a question regarding ...
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard Function Keys Broken in Ubuntu 10.04

Using the latest Apple Aluminum keyboard, the "fn" key seems to have stopped working. I'm not talking about being swapped with standard OSX, I mean the "fn" key doesn't register whatsoever, rendering, ...
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Keyboard layout based on scancodes?

I would like to make a new keyboard layout in Linux that moves the modifier keys around. The problem is that this needs to be an xkb layout, because I still need to be able to switch to the Qwerty ...
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Keyboard-type (e.g. “EN”) doesn't show up for Windows under Parallels

I recently installed Parallels Desktop for Mac so that I could run Windows programs on my Mac. Unfortunately, when I add new Keyboards to Windows 7 (Control Panel >> Clock, Language and Region >> ...
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How can I map another key to act as Fn key on a Mac?

I have a non standard keyboard attached to my Mac, and it does not have a Fn key. I wish it did. Luckily it has another key "help" that I never use. How do I get my "help" key to be treated as the Fn ...
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Using a wireless keyboard (Microsoft wireless desktop 800) with a different receiver than what it was packaged with

I bought a wireless desktop plus mouse combo from Microsoft. It has one receiver for both devices. I'm currently using the mouse at home but not the keyboard. I brought the keyboard to work. Is there ...
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My umlaut/trema vanished on OSX, how do I get it back?

My native language (Dutch) uses the double-dot on top of vowels, aka "umlaut" or "trema". It looks like this: ё, Ü, Ö, ï you get the gist (copy&pasted from the web). Until recently, I was able to ...
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Pushing '~' gives me '=' character with the keyboard of Toshiba Dynabook Satellite J50

I have Toshiba Dynabook Satellite J50 laptop. It seems that something is wrong with the keyboard. For example, When I press the ~ key, = comes out. But the = is on another key which is adjacent to the ...
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How do I check if keyboard keys and/or LEDs on the keyboard are functioning correctly?

I would like to check if all the keys and LEDs on a keyboard are functioning correctly. e.g. Check if a key does not respond (or responds late) to a keypress, activates even when it isn't pressed, ...
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Strange behaviour of Shift-8 on keybaord under Windows XP

Recently trying to type the * character from my keyboard via the key sequence Shift-8 switches focus to an instance of Windows explorer if one is running. If no instance is running then I get the ...
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How to use more than one keyboard with different layouts?

I type in many languages, and switching between them is a waste of time. I would like to use several physical keyboards for different languages. So is it possible to use two or more keyboards at the ...
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Laptop keyboard doesn't illuminate in Mac OS X

The laptop keyboard is supposed to light up automatically (on my Apple Powerbook G4) when it's dark in the room. But it never does. I explicitly have to start the Lab Tick application to do that. ...
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Keyboard very unresponsive after resume (just upgraded to Lucid)

Yesterday I upgraded first from Jaunty to Karmic, and immediately after that to Lucid. Most things seems to have gone well, but I have a problem with suspend/resume. After resuming my Compaq-branded ...
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Pressing 'Enter' doesn't really work in Firefox

When I'm typing just about anywhere in Firefox on OSX and press enter, it simply doesn't do anything. This includes typing in a textarea element (which should take the cursor to the next line), in a ...
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Win8.1 Installation media fails to detect keyboard and mouse / USB ports not working

I have a laptop with Win8.1, and I decided I should upgrade it to Win10. While it was updating, I plugged my phone connector for it to charge. Then I realized that all of my USB ports are not working ...
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Reloading configuration from ROCCAT device

Having changed computers, I would like to edit my ROCCAT ISKU keyboard and KONE mouse's keybindings and macros. However, loading up the driver software I only see the default configuration. Is it ...
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The keyboard of my lenovo laptop z570 doesn't work properly?

I've got a problem with the keyboard of my laptop. I press T and shows on display TB, I press N and shows YN...and that applies for some more keys. The thing is that I had this problem until 1 week ...
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Windows 10 tablet wakes up on touchpad or keyboard input

I am pretty sure I've digged through most of the available threads regarding this issue, and yet none provided a working solution. I have ticked off the "Allow device to wake PC from sleep" option in ...