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

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How do I stop the + and - keys from adjusting volume?

My computer had a problem and we took only the system unit in to have it fixed. Ever since I got it back my + and - keys control the volume of the speakers of my monitor. I do not want it to do that. ...
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Chorded keyboards for programming

I am trying to find a chorded keyboard layout that is a good fit for programmers. I do a lot of work in emacs & screen on languages like c, c++, python and node.js so they all have a similar "ends ...
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Is there a Synergy-like application that only shares the keyboard?

Basically, I don't need the "shared mouse" that Synergy has. I have a Macbook Pro with an external keyboard hooked up and a Windows 7 PC I'd like to share the keyboard with. What I'd like to do is ...
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Keyboard mapping issue in Virtualbox on Mac OS

I run Windows 7 as a VM in VirtualBox on my MacBook Air (using OS X 10.7). If I do not shutdown the VM but save its machine state. The keyboard will behave strangely after resuming. It seems the ...
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How can I fix the behaviour of special function keys in Windows 8?

I have a fairly basic Advent keyboard with backlit keys. The colour of the backlight is controlled with a special modifier key on the keyboard + F1/2/3/4. Since around the time of updating to Windows ...
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In XOrg, can i switch keyboard-layout per application and still honor ~/.Xmodmap

I'm using my ~/.Xmodmap to map: keycode 38 = a A adiaeresis Adiaeresis and similar to be able to type German umlauts (äöü) on a US-qwerty layout. For switching keyboard layouts between German qwertz ...
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USB keyboards keep disconnecting and reconnecting

Issue: USB keyboard keeps disconnecting and reconnecting. It has disconnected 6 times as I've typed this post. It generally reconnects after about 3 seconds. OS: Win 7 Pro 64 bit MB: Gigabyte ...
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KeyRemap4Macbook Vim-emulation alternative for Linux

There is a really nifty tool for Mac OS X called KeyRemap4Macbook which allows you, among other things, to use Vim keybindings to edit text in all text fields, with a distinction between normal and ...
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Programmable Bluetooth Keyboard

I would like to know if there exists a bluetooth keyboard which can pair with an iPad on which I can remap keys on the keyboard at a hardware level. For instance, on my PC and Mac I can force the OS ...
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lowercase 'x' key not working as root under linux

This is a weird one. The title says it all - The lowercase letter 'x' has stopped working as root. It works just fine for other users, and the uppercase form works (Though of course with case ...
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X window (or whole linux system) replace Caps Lock with ESC *and* Control

on windows there are several key maps applications that replaces Caps lock with ESC on a single 'press and relase' and with a Control signal if hold and another key is pressed. Is there any way to do ...
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Surface RT doesn't show PIN pad on lock screen if keyboard detached in sleep

I've been seeing behavior with my Surface where if the keyboard is detached before the screen comes on (e.g. it is "asleep") then it never seems to recognize that the keyboard is no longer attached. ...
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switch keyboard layout for marked text

This is a very common issue for people working with more than one language: You start typing and when you look up at the screen you realize you were typing in the wrong keyboard layout (language)... ...
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How to disable / re-map keyboard keys in the kernel?

I would like to remap my Caps Lock key to either nothing or a key code of my choice. To get the same behaviour across different environments (X / Wayland / non-graphical TTYs), and for learning how ...
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some key bindings in OS X Terminal.app

I'm trying to use Emacs Markdown mode, which requires several key bindings, like C--, C-+, M-<left>, M-<right>, M-<up>, M-<down>, but I can't get them working in OS X Terminal. ...
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xev says Caps Lock remap worked but other apps don't see it

I'm trying to remap Caps Lock to Control. Before I modify anything, xev reports the following for a press/release of Caps Lock: KeyPress event, serial 73, synthetic NO, window 0x2600001, root ...
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Razer blackwidow 2013 and OS X

I just bought this keyboard, and after installing drivers (synapse 2.0) I run into a strange issue. Without drivers function keys work fine eg f9 for MissionControl etc. Also I can tap fn key + ...
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Certain keys not working on a T40 thinkpad

I just got my friend's laptop that had a few problems. My friend didn't bother to get it repaired at the time and got himself a better machine. As I've never been a "laptop" man I never even ...
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Mac OS X Caps Locks Key Flash on HD Activity

Is there an application or plug-in that can make the Mac OS X caps locks key flash on HD Activity. I have switched the binding on Caps Lock to Ctrl so light is sitting there idle. If this doesn't ...
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Keyboard Type “th” twice when typing “the”

When I attempt to type the word "the", my keyboard gives me "ththe". Note this does not happen when I type "this" or "that" or "th" by itself. Nor does "te", "et","eh", "he". The "th" only repeats ...
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Can i stop a blackwidow macro while its being executed?

I'm trying to make a macro for my blackwidow keyboard, which has to be executed until i press a different button. Can anyone tell me how to do this, or how tp stop a macro from being executed halfway? ...
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Keyboard not working in boot menu

I am using an Asus P8Z68-M Pro motherboard and a PS/2 Keyboard. My keyboard does not work in boot menus like when I'm selecting an OS and when selecting which kind of Windows safe mode to use. The ...
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Converting HID Input to Keyboard Emulation (Card Reader)

Firstly, thanks for taking the time to read this question. I'm a web developer, I have a customer trying to use one of my applications which collects swiped data. Usually, customers use Keyboard ...
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Right arrow key closes window

Whenever I press the right arrow key in any type of window the window will minimize.Very frustrating when it comes to playing video games. I'm using a Dell latitude D820. Any suggestions on how to fix ...
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How to change a keycode using setkeycodes

I have a Thinkpad Edge E130 running Sabayon (a Gentoo-based distro), and I'm fighting the well-know bug Xorg 255 keycodes limit. My laptop has the Fn+F4 hotkey for Mic Mute/Unmute. This is the ...
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Sublime Text mac shift-delete (backspace)

In Sublime Text (2), I can't find the shift-delete that I had in BBEdit, where shift delete removes one character from the right of the cursor. I can't turn on this keyboard shortcut. How can I do ...
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asus zenbook prime keyboard

Recently my Zenbook prime's keyboard has had issues with its keyboard. Randomly, various keys will just stop working. Sometimes they work if I continually press them...sometimes not. Any idea what's ...
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Keyboard Issue with Synergy, Oracle Virtual Box & Linux Hosts

I'm getting weird behavior using synergy with Oracle Virtual Box VM over Linux Ubuntu systems. My setup has A Ubuntu Linux 11.04 (synergy server) with US International keyboard layout ...
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Model M Keyboard inputs incorrect characters after logging in to Fedora

I recently bought a 24 year old IBM Model M keyboard. From what I gather, it'd been left on a shelf for the last 5 years, so you can imagine the amount of dust dirt and crap that was on it. Before ...
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Setting up Zhuyin input keyboard

I type up a lot of Chinese characters, and am quite used to typing in Pinyin. However, I'd like to teach my students, who were initially taught using Zhuyin, to use Pinyin, since Pinyin usage is far ...
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Keyboards and mouse of my Laptop (HP DV7) behaving weirdly

I have HP Pavilion DV7 laptop.. for last few weeks I am having problem with the key board and the mouse.Few keys gets pressed automatically. Then few keys performs wrongly like "shift" key acts as ...
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Keyboard that can't be removed in Windows 8

Somehow I ended up with four keyboards installed (English (United States), Japanese (Japan), Kannada, and Hindi. They are installed in the sense that the tray drop down displays these four, and when I ...
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Keyboard mapping program, different settings for different keyboards?

At work I have an Apple keyboard that a friend bought me. I used it for a long time on my desktop, but have recently switched to using my laptop for everything. On my desktop, I had long ago ...
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Virtualbox, using the same keybord layout of the host in the guest os

I'm using Virtualbox 4.1.12 on Debian x64 and my host OS is Windows XP Professional 64-bit. On Debian I'm using a custom keyboard layout that I set on system startup through the command setxkbmap. ...
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Getting a Bloomberg keyboard to work on a standard machine

I have just gotten my hands on a Bloomberg Keyboard (Model CTB100) and it looks quite interesting... Its got a shed load of extra buttons (hopefully programmable), a USB port on the back, place for ...
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Capture key events at system level to control e.g. alsamixer

In Linux window managers, it is easy to define actions for key events - e.g. in openbox: <keybind key="XF86AudioRaiseVolume"> <action name="Execute"> <command>amixer set ...
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Connecting Apple Wireless Keyboard on Fedora 15

I have an Apple Wireless bluetooth keyboard that I'd like to use with my Laptop running Fedora 15. The Bluetooth GUI tool is being extremely unhelpful. It simply shows the keyboard in the list of ...
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Setting Hyper and Super modifiers for certain keys with setxkbmap or xmodmap

Problem: I want to modify/redefine my keyboard layout (pc105 se) so that when I press certain keys with mod3 (super) and mod4 (hyper), a different character is returned than usual. E.g. Keycode 61 ...
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Camera Hand Mouse/Keyboard

Is there software out there that lets me control the computer purely through gestures using a webcam? I understand that it might need to have novel ways to process what used to be "keyboard input" ...
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Mapping Keyboard to different pictures

I modified the Windows Hebrew keyboard to place the Hebrew vowels in place of the number keys in the base state for easier use. (Standard access is through CAPLOCK+SHIFT+number). When you type a ...
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How to create a virtual keyboard in userspace?

I'm trying to generate keypress/release events similar to those produced by typing on a physical keyboard, but from a process that isn't attached to any actual hardware.
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard Function Key Broken in Ubuntu

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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arrow keys not working in Java application when using xmodmap

I've defined my keyboard mapping using xmodmap and it works beautifully with my browser and the rest of my software except java applications. I tried switching the AWT_TOOLKIT to Mtoolkit instead but ...
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Keyboard spacebar hickup when using Skype

I've downloaded the most recent version of Skype. However, when I start up the program my spacebar does not work as smooth anymore as it was before the start-up of Skype. Is there some hidden feature ...
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Single key not working - not hardware issue

So my laptop e key stopped working. Naturally I figured it was a hardware problem so I plugged in an external keyboard and impressively all keys work except e. Now I'm baffled. I'm running Windows 7 ...
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Some keys not functioning consistently

My "5,6,0,caps lock and del" keys to be exact, are not working consistently. There are times that I have to press them repeatedly before it works, other times, they'd work effortlessly with normal ...
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Can Logitech K310 keyboard be washed with one of its keys removed?

Logitech K310 is claimed to be washable with certain limitations (warm water with mild soap only, no submersion deeper that 30 centimeters below water surface, USB plug is excluded). However I have ...
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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 WindowsKey + x. I've encountered two problems: 1) The WindowsKey toggles the ...
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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 ...