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Alt + D Not Working In Windows 11 File Explorer

In Windows 10, I frequently use Alt + D to quickly highlight the path to the current folder in Windows File Explorer so it can quickly be copied. It's the same shortcut that can be used to highlight ...
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How to disable Alt key shortcut for special characters on Laptop numpad

Windows 11 laptop, English UK keyboard, it has built in numpad separate from main keyboard. My numpad has HOME,END,PGUP,PGDN,DEL and arrow keys for NUMLOCK OFF input. However when I use Alt + NUMPAD (...
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How to disable Alt+F4 shutdown in Windows 10?

There has to be a way to simply disable the default functionality of Alt + F4 (shutting down Windows or closing an application) using regedit, right? Without also potentially disabling the ability to ...
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How to increase Alt + Left (go to previous page in Chrome browsing history) from the upper limit of 50?

In Chrome, you can go to a previous page in your browsing history using Alt+Left. It seems that the upper limit on the number of pages Chrome remembers is 50. (Windows 11, desktop PC) I would need to ...
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How to pass an ALT key press through SSH connection to tmux using suckless simple terminal emulator?

On my local machine I have suckless simple terminal and tmux with the settings like this: bind-key -n M-k next-window where I am binding an action to a key combination Alt + k. It perfectly works on ...
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Make Firefox act like other browsers: keep AltGr as Alt for default shortcuts no matter the keyboard layout

I have realized this is happening in Windows 10 as well as Linux, so I'm posting here. I need to use AltGr in Firefox mainly as shortcut with back and forward arrows — for previous and forward page/...
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Alt-Gr issue in Excel

There seems to be a pretty significant bug in Excel concerning EU keyboards with an AltGr key that is used to access rather important symbols such as €, #, and @. It is simply impossible to type any ...
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Alt buttons not working

Since yesterday, both alt buttons on my Asus laptop stopped working. However, they are working fine on Onscreen keyboard. I use Windows 10 which was updated recently. Here's the list of things that I ...
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Right Alt + letter 'a' doesn't work

Good morning to all! I'm having a problem with my new keyboard and I'm going to share it here to see if someone can help me. I am from Spain and I have always used national ISO keyboards but as I am a ...
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How to distinguish Alt and ISO_Level3_Shift in xkb?

I am using a device with a builtin keyboard and run ARM Debian on it with i3 as Window Manager. There is one Alt key (keysym Alt_L), and two keys for special characters that look similar to AltGr ...
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How to type alt codes with no numpad?

I have a laptop (Windows 10) with no numpad, so cannot use alt codes to type special characters. I purchased a bluetooth numpad, but it does not seem to work either. How do I make this work?
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Cannot see all my open tabs during Alt + Tab

Before when i was using Alt + Tab I could see all the open tabs and adjust accordingly. Now suddenly my computer seems to not want to allow me to preview my tabs. What did I do to cause this and how ...
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How to use awkward alt keys that have the same number twice?

How do I use alt keys that have the same number twice - e.g. to do Ĺ, you have to hold Alt + 0313 - how? B.T.W. - I got the symbol from the following website: mvdmoosdijk.
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Why does the Alt+Space keyboard shorcut not work on Windows 10 to open system menu?

From Windows 3.1 (probably earlier) all the way to Windows 8.1, when I'm in a program, if I press Alt+Space, I get the system menu (the menu popup which has menu items like Restore, Move, Size, ...
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Microsoft random fonts for alt characters

I often use simple alt codes (e.g. µ, °, Ω, ±, in the sub 256 range) in Microsoft products like Word, Outlook etc., and usually they work fine. But occasionally the software insists to change the font,...
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Why does Ctrl+Alt+< not work?

My new laptop has a bit of an unusual German keyboard layout where the < key is located to the right of AltGr (see image below). This makes typing \| (AltGr+ß followed by AltGr+<) really really ...
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X-Window can not distinguish between left and right buttons

I installed Windows Subsystem for Linux and Debian on my MS Windows 10. In the console, switching languages(English <-> C/J/K) works well using Right Alt key. But, in the X environment, I cannot ...
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How do you get the division sign using the ALT codes?

I cannot find the ALT code for the division sign.
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Using Alt+A clears all text in a textbox

While entering text into a textbox in Greenshot editor, when I press AltA combination (which is needed for the Polish letter "ą"), the whole text entered so far disappears. I'm using ...
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Windows 10 alt+end outputs a smiley

I use Resharper in VS2017 every day and noticed this morning when pressing alt+end that a smiley now appears. This is me pressing alt+end: ☺ I then noticed that alt+ some others also produce odd ...
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Can't get metaSendsEscape to work

I previously used Manjaroi3, when I enabled xrvt*metaSendsEscape: true it just worked. I got tired of all the complicated stuff that came with running arch, nothing against arch, I just got ...
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On long Windows 7 uptimes, Alt-Gr loses functions

I have very long Windows 7 uptimes - many weeks. I would have them much longer - I need it for my workflows. The only trouble which forces me to restart: Alt-Gr loses its function, and then I can't ...
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Shift, fn, ctrl, alt, right and left touchpad isn't working

My notebook model is HP PROBOOK 640 G1 I Downloaded hp system image manager about a year ago. I extracted it and accidently opened thunderboltfirmware.exe after opening it it showed cmd-like window ...
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What are the effects if i run this script?

#NoEnv ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases. ; #Warn ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors. SendMode Input ; Recommended for new ...
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Remapping Function Keys for media vs. Alt + Function Key for specific app

I have an HP Laptop and I finally got around to changing the BIOS setting to reverse the annoying Fn+Function Key "feature" since I regularly F2, F5 & F11 with VBA & Office (a lot more often ...
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VirtualBox and AltGr not working

Im connecting from a windows 7 PC to another windows 7 PC using Teamviewer 10. On the remote Windows 7 I have a VirtualBox running Ubuntu 16. When working in the remote VB the Alt Gr key appear not to ...
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Pressing right alt causes shutdown

I have an issue with almost* clean installation of Windows 10 Pro (version 1607) on Lenovo Thinkpad T420 which is in our domain. Issue is if I press right alt for more than (about) 0.5s the laptop ...
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AltGr button seems to be disabled [duplicate]

I'm working with a Windows 10 machine. I'm using quite some keyboard shortcuts so my problem can be related with a wrong key combination: since this morning my keyboard button AltGr does not work ...
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Holding down the Alt key for several seconds makes keyboard behave strangely

When I hold down the Alt button on my Keyboard for my than 5 seconds, my keyboard and mouse starts acting very strange. For example, when I try typing, none of the typing keys work. Some buttons do ...
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Send Alt-F1 and Alt-F2 keystrokes from PuTTY

I've set up an Bitvise SSH server in Windows 7 and it works well except I can't control FAR Manager from PuTTY by sending Alt-F1 and Alf-F2 keystrokes. What to do?
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Diasbling the Alt key and safely remove hardware icon in windows 7 via registry

I was wondering if some one could help me to disable: The Alt key on the keyboard and The Safely remove hardware icon from the system tray in windows 7. It would be good if I could do a registry ...
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MATE: Alt key focusing application's menu

One of things I like in Windows is that in almost every app I can press Alt, and app's main menu becomes focused. Unfortunately this doesn't work in MATE. (I use Linux Mint 13, if that matters). I ...
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How to use the ALT key in a Virtual Box guest session?

I'm running a Virtualbox session of Windows XP (guest) from a Sabayon GNU/Linux system (host). I'm doing projects with Adobe Illustrator CS2 and some of the functionallity is accessed with left mouse ...
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Disable alt-menu in Windows 8

On the keyboard when you press the "Alt" in the active window there appears an alternate menu: Can you please tell me how to disable this feature without disable the key, because it is used to switch ...
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Altgr randomly stops working on windows 8

usually AltGr Works fine on my computer but latelly it stops working. I can still use Ctrl+Alt but it's a pain as I need it to write {} and I'm a c# programmer :S Any idea on what can happen? If I ...
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How to bindkey alt+key in OSX

I am using oh-my-zsh configuration which has some handy bindkey condiguration. For example: "^[B" backward-word. On Linux I can use it with ease, but on OSX when I press alt-B i get some chars instead ...
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Why are the keys named Ctrl & Alt? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the origins of the control and alt keys? I use these keys often as modifiers for shortcuts including the infamous copy and paste and some tab-switching but I don't ...
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What are the origins of the control and alt keys?

Crtl and alt have become common place on just about any computer keyboard sold anywhere in the world (I even saw a picture of them on a typewriter...). But what were these sacred modifier keys first ...
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Use ALT to move windows in Windows like in Linux

In most Linux window managers, one can use the Alt key while clicking and dragging to rearrange windows. This is one of my favorite features of Linux window managers. Is there a way to do this in ...
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