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

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Alt key codes for dashes giving wrong characters in Windows

If I type alt+0150, I get ☼, rather than – (en dash). If I type alt+0151, I get ù, rather than — (em dash). I would have expected to get dashes in both cases. I'm pretty sure it used to work. This ...
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How to use AHK to hold down the mouse click as long as I'm holding it?

Here is my code atm.. ; Create hotkey for the 'left' key left:: Click , 53, 486 return ; Create hotkey for the 'down' key down:: Click , 138, 613 return ; Create hotkey for the 'right' key right:: ...
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Why does my PC sometimes think I am constantly pressing the control key?

I was browsing the web with Chrome and pressed f. A search box appeared. I then pressed s, after which Chrome asked if I wanted to save the web page. I soon realized that my PC was thinking that I ...
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Disable non-breaking space (Option-Space) specifically in Xcode

There's a pretty general solution for disabling the non-breaking space in OS X for some apps: How to disable the Option-Space key combination for non-breaking spaces? Unfortunately, Xcode is not one ...
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Is there a reason to disable N-Key Rollover?

Reading over the features of a Das Keyboard, I see the following: Gamers and fast typists will love to hear that Das Keyboard 4 supports full n-key rollover (NKRO) over USB. No need to use a PS2 ...
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Key Repeat no longer works on Windows 7 Lenovo Windows 700 laptop

The title pretty much sums up my problem. I can type fine, but holding down the key doesn't repeat, including the arrow keys which is super-annoying. "Filter Keys" in the Ease of access center is ...
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How to assign keyboard keys to mouse click on a particular screen?

I wanted to play a favorite game of mine , IMO: The World of Magic (Android/iOS Game) on my pc. The only android simulator that works is Andyroid (others crashed..) But the keyboard doesn't work on ...
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Window 7 keep changing my keyboard layout

I just buy for my laptop a keyboard from eBay ,but because this keyboard is from Asia ,windows keep changing my layout , I just want to use it as an English keyboard ,also I've try lots of methods ...
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Which keymap should I use for a wired Mac keyboard in Gentoo Linux?

I just purchase the new wired Mac keyboard: Running on Gentoo Linux it works mostly fine. The only problem I am having is the function keys and swapping the Alt and Command keys to resemble a ...
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PC with Windows 8.1 boots from any key pressed

so I recently acquired and installed Windows 8.1 on my PC and yesterday I noticed that, while my PC is supposedly turned off, I can turn it on by pressing any key on the keyboard. I assume this is ...
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Make media button on keyboard open Winamp instead of WMP

For the longest time the Media button on my keyboard used to launch Winamp. I don't remember having to do anything to set that up. But suddenly now the button launches stupid Windows Media Player when ...
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Can I use my wireless keyboard receiver to connect to Internet via my Wi-Fi router?

I have a desktop computer with Windows 7 and I recently purchased a Logitech wireless keyboard that has an "Unifying" transceiver. Can I use it to get Internet on my desktop by connecting to my home ...
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Keyboard shutting off

My Monoprice Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Blue had been shutting off randomly. I will use it and anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes after it will stop functioning and the light will turn ...
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How can I type a degree symbol (0176) from my Surface RT Touch keyboard?

I have a Microsoft Surface RT with a Touch keyboard. I regularly need to type a degrees symbol. On a full keyboard, I can use the code (0176) with the numeric keypad. But the Touch keyboard doesn't ...
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Keyboard on Dell Inspiron 1545 (running Windows 8.1) stopped working [on hold]

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 running Windows 8.1 and the keyboard just stopped working. However I can log on to desktop using keyboard fine. At first I thought a kitten had walked over the keyboard and ...
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Ctrl, shift and alt keys stopped working

The Ctrl, Shift and Alt keys on my laptop have stopped working, both the left and right ones. I have searched for solutions to this problem but I cannot find anything that works. What can the ...
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My keyboard is typing by itself, could there be a ghost in it?

The keyboard on my laptop seems to be typing by itself: It sometimes types characters like 134, whether by itself or when I hit certain keys. Repeating characters may appear unexpectedly. The system ...
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Caps lock can only be turned off by shift key, regardless of setting

I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on a Sony VAIO VPC-F23BFX laptop. The problem is that the caps lock key can only be turned off using the shift key. In Control Panel's Regional Settings, it does not ...
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How to select File menu in Mac, just like Alt + F in Windows?

I have a Macbook Air with Mac OSX 10.8.2 . I have been wondering how do I select the File Menu which I am so used to doing in Windows using Alt+F, so that I do not have to click on the File menu each ...
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Which of these causes less strain to wrist and fingers - Hunt And Peck or Touch Typing? [on hold]

This says Hunt And Peck This says Touch typing So I just want to ask, which one causes less strain to the wrist and the fingers.
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How to disable text overwrite mode in Netbeans (CentOS)?

Everytime I type some text, it is overwriting what I have typed. I assume that the mode is set to overwriting, I want to insert the text not overwrite it, but I can't disable it because my insert ...
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Windows installation media cant detect keyboard and mouse

I just built a brand new computer. I inserted the windows 7 ultimate disk into the drive, and when prompted, pressed a key to boot from the CD. At this point, the computer itself is able to detect the ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8.1 PS/2 keyboard and mouse drivers

While troubleshooting PS/2 keyboard and mouse problems in Windows 8.1, in Device Manager I uninstalled the grayed out "Microsoft PS/2 Mouse" and "Standard PS/2 Keyboard" and rebooted. Those drivers ...
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Chromebook repeat delay not working

The chrome os has a terminal like interface (crosh) accessible vai the CTL-ALT-T. One of the commands available is setting the keyboard repeat rate: usage: xset-mini option ... To set mouse ...
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Disable shift key capitalisation

When I want to type a capital letter, I always use Caps Lock. I use shift for symbols like _. I find it much easier to use Caps Lock for capital letters since you just have to press it, and then your ...
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How do I PROPERLY map a mouse button to a keyboard key?

In my window manager, I can move windows around by holding the "left Windows button" (Left Super) and dragging a window with the left mouse button. I want to be able to do that without touching the ...
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Remap escape key to underscore

I'm currently working on remapping my keyboard using PCkeyboardhack for MAC OSX. I'm currently looking for the virtual key for underscore. Is the only way to get this key with the shift modifier key? ...
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Windows 7 misses keystrokes from internal keyboard after hibernation on Acer Aspire 5820

After waking my computer (Acer Aspire with the factory default Windows 7 install and divers, Windows update running) from hibernation, it is a pain to type, since on average 5-10 keypresses are ...
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Configure a graphics tablet buttons

I have a "SMART" graphics tablet with two buttons on the tablet itself and two buttons on the pen. The driver that comes with the tablet only allow me to configure the buttons to be right click or ...
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Keyboard doesn't work after Windows resume from sleep (S3) — how to fix?

I have a weird issue with my keyboard after resuming from S3 sleep: I can type perfectly for maybe 5 seconds, but afterwards the keyboard ceases to work until I hibernate or restart (or sleep again -- ...
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How to remap keys / add shortcuts on Mac OS X, without 3rd party software?

I'm trying to do simple things like map the sleep shortcut to F7, monitor sleep shortcut to F8 etc I've checked out Ukelele, yet couldn't determine whether it's able produce key combinations / ...
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Xmodmap ignored in Firefox, revisited

Related posts, but no solution: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20386403/xmonad-xmodmap-changed-tab-to-alt-gr-but-it-doesnt-work-on-firefox-or-thunderbi Iso_level3_shift key not working in Firefox ...
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Remapping keys without external software

It seems my keyboard keys do not match up to their actual outputs, it's a UK keyboard, with the UK language installed on the operating system. In this case Windows 8. for example the AT key on the ...
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Emulate mouse wheel scroll with keyboard

Some programs (e.g. ms html help viewer) have zoom-in features that only seem to work when you mouse wheel scroll. Is there a way to emulate mouse wheel scroll using the keyboard?
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Why can't I use Google Search keyboard navigation with Chrome?

Roughly about a week ago I stopped being able to use keyboard navigation in Google Search (i.e. press tab and up/down arrows). I had no issues before, and I've changed nothing as far as I can tell. ...
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does a HP keyboard KB-0316 support usb as well?

I ended up with a small pile of brand new HP keyboards and mice and unfortunate for me they are all ps2. I was looking to buy ps2->usb adapters but since they are passive adapters they will possibly ...
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Enable F1-F12 keys without Fn on Lenovo Ideapad S400u

I just have bought a new Lenovo Ideapad S400u notebook, and it is not default F1-F12, it is default mute button, refresh, more brightness, less brightness... I've downloaded "Lenovo Keyboard Slim Fn ...
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DOSBox and keyboard mappings

I have two vanilla Windows laptops. DOSBox works fine on the Windows Vista machine (which is slightly newer), but on the Windows 7 machine, neither the backslash key ("\") nor the tilde key ("~") ...
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my dell inspiron 15 , model 3000 laptop , the number keys in the top row all have a number a punctuation and an accent mark or other mark

When I want to type question mark it types an accent mark (the third thing on the key) I cant get it to change to question mark. all the numbers on this line have a third character, some type the ...
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How to make Shift, Ctrl and Alt toggle like Caps lock

I can't use one hand so it's pretty hard to work with Photoshop and Illustrator. Is there any way how to make Shift, Ctrl and Alt modifiers toggle (like Caps Lock) instead of holding down?
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How to send keyboard commands through RSAT

I am using RSAT (Remote Services Administration Tools) in a windows 7 computer, specifically I am using the Remote Desktops tool, this tool allows me to connect to several computers using remote ...
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USB Switch for Keyboard and Mouse (KM)

Background I am looking to switch my keyboard and mouse between a desktop computer and a laptop. The desktop resolution is 2560x1600, which eliminates most (but not all) KVM switches. The monitor has ...
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Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut not working

When using my Windows 7 PC, the Ctrl+Y keyboard shortcut does nothing. Interesting notes: Choosing the same command from the menu works (such as Edit > Redo) Both the Ctrl and Y keys work fine ...
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Windows XP SP3 Keyboard stops working

Here's the strangest thing I have yet to see in 20+ yrs of computer repairs. My in-laws Windowsx XP SP3 has stopped recognizing keyboards. The keyboards work fine in the BIOS, during the boot select ...
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Any way to connect USB powered keyboard to PS/2 port on a PC?

I have an Apple keyboard and I want to connect it to my PC at work. They have the USB ports disabled. I tried using a USB to PS/2 adapter but that didn't work. CapsLock light wasn't even lighting up, ...
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Do USB keyboards have hardware auto-repeat? (like PS/2 keyboards)

Or is auto-repeat done in software on the computer that the keyboard is connected to?
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Alt and AltGr randomly stop working

I can't make combos such as AltGr+2, Alt+Tab and Ctrl+Alt+Delete. I'm using a normal windows 7 (there's not virtual box installed or anything).
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Windows box occasionally repeating key “a” endlessly

I am using a USB Microsoft keyboard on my Windows box, running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. Occasionally, key A is typed endlessly although keyboard is not touched (or other key is touched). I have tried ...
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Why is my keyboard randomly repeating inputs?

When I press and hold some key it's repeated a random number of times. After that, the repeat stops, and I need to release the key and press it again to make repeat continue. If there's simultaneous ...
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Installing different keyboard layout on live debian image

I've downloaded a debian vm image for some testing: http://exploit-exercises.com/download (280mb) It's a Debian Squeeze machine. I want to use the Belgian layout (which is AZERTY) in stead of the ...