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

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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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disable 'play' key on media keyboard opening files in windows media player

Okay, this is admittedly a little obscure. I have a standard Microsoft keyboard that includes 'media' keys - play/pause and volume adjust / mute. If Windows Media Player is open, pressing these keys ...
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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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Toshiba Win10 Upgrade: No Function Keys (Brightness or Volume keys etc) after upgrade

I just upgraded from Win 8.1 to... Win 10, on my L50D-B notebook. Win 10 System crashed - black screen, locked-up desktop function, no touchpad function etc. None of the trouble shooting worked, so ...
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Adjusting external monitor brightness via keyboard

I have Dell U2515H that is connected to MacBook Pro 13' late 13. Is it possible to adjust the brightness of the monitor using the keyboard (and 3rd party app for sure) ? F1 and F2 aren't working. ...
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How to disable input panel or virtual keyboard using regedit?

Win CE or Mobile How to disable the virtual keyboard and only allow the use of normal keyboard, using regedit? I tried to modify the registry but it did not work as it seems the change is not ...
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putty keyboard not working completely

I was trying to set up SSH for websites however keyboard completely doesn't work anything at all for putty. It would be great if someone can help me. I'm using Toshiba Satellite laptop with Windows ...
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Keyboard key presses showing up out of order (Ubuntu 15.04, Microsoft SideWinder keyboard)

I've noticed this for a while, but only recently tried to troubleshoot. Using the MS SideWinder keyboard on Ubuntu 15.04, which has n-key rollover, if I type words quickly I find that intermittently ...
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Language on lenovo yoga 3 pro keyboard

I am having problem with getting specific latvian language letters on lenovo yoga 3 pro. Im setting latvian language on keyboard settings and press alt, but it is not working. Touchpad is changing ...
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Surface Pro 3 - UEFI Keyboard on Grub Menu

I have installed Debian with Grub2 EFI on Surface Pro 3. I have also installed Windows. I have noticed that onscreen keyboard (same as on UEFI settings menu) appeared randomly in case of cover ...
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Wireless keyboard/mouse not recognized in Linux Mint

I'm trying a friend's keyboard/mouse combo that's recognized by lsusb thusly: Bus 001 Device 008: ID 0461:4d7a Primax Electronics, Ltd It works straightaway, no drivers needed, in Windows 7 and, ...
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Unable to use keyboard to boot from CD/DVD

I am having some issues with an older PC I bought used. I want to eventually use it as media storage tower, but I need to be able to reload Windows on it and am having issues. It has two drives ...
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Pinyin input and keyboard layout shortcuts

I have a few keyboard layouts in my Windows 10 Enterprise. I have assigned some of them direct shortcuts, for example Left Alt + Shift + 1 switches to Russian and Left Alt + Shift + 3 switches to ...
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How to setup keyboard shortcut in Windows 10 with Swedish characters on ANSI layout

In Mac with my ANSI layout I can type on my keyboard this to get the following characters: ALT + A = Å ALT + U + A = Ä ALT + U + O = Ö How do I setup this in Windows 10 with the exact configuration ...
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How to type accent marks / symbols on Win7, using Mac-style key combos?

I like the way I can type upside-down question marks, accents, etc, using "option + [character]" on a mac. On Windows, of course, you have to hold alt and then type in random strings of numbers. Is ...
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Duplicate mouse and keyboard on several computers

I want to configure multiple of computers at the same time. The computers are brand new identical laptops, and they got identical spec, and same operating system. Lets say I want to install a ...
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some part of keyboard types different keys

I have a Dell Inspiron 7537 running windows 10. The problem started after I forced shutdown my laptop when it stopped responding (Thanks windows 10). After restarting some keys of my keyboard ...
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Remap f keys for chromebook running linux

I installed arch Linux on my Chromebook and I'm using LXDE. I looked into re-mapping the search key/caps lock key to the super/windows key and was able to do that with "setxkbmap -option caps:super" ...
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Numpad keeps turning off every time I reboot

Every time I reboot the computer, the option "use numeric keypad to move around the screen" turns on in Windows 10 ease of access center then the numpad stops working so I have to go over there and ...
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Spacebar fails randomly on MS Word 2016

I can't replicate the bug, I only know that sometimes, when switching between the English keyboard and the Japanese Microsoft IME, the spacebar starts failing on Microsoft Word. I can't insert spaces, ...
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Lenovo Miix 300 keyboard not working

i have lenovo miix 300 with detachable keyboard. The onscreen kboard works but the detachable one sometimes works but mostly doesn't. how do I turn it on?
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Ares Keyboard Typing 2 keys for 1?

Hello I have and Ares Keyboard when I try to type c it comes up with cv same with 3 but its 35 i tried almost everything restarting my PC unplugging it from the wall and leave for an hour holding down ...
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The start button is “not working” to launch metro

This is a very interesting problem. I cannot launch the metro interface with anything other than clicking on the windows logo. So, Ctrl + ESC or The Windows Key don't work to bring the metro ...
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No auto pop up keyboard in Microsoft Excel, Word or others MS Office software in Windows 10

I already turned on "device/typing/turn on keyboard when no keyboard attached", but the keyboard just don't auto pop up in MS office programs like excel or word or powerpoint? any solution? The auto ...
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Keyboard Lag on startup in windows 8/8.1/10

Ever since Windows 8 I've noticed an issue where there is a severe typing lag immediately after boot. Typing into any field will suffer a lag of anywhere up to 2 seconds per keystroke. This ...