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  1. Keyboard Troubleshooting
  2. How to remove StickyKeys feature?
  3. Keyboard shortcut for "right click"?
  4. Recommended Key Codes
  5. Cleaning your PC keyboard

 

 

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Keyboard Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing any of the following issues, these troubleshooting steps should help:

  • Wrong characters appear when typing.
  • Onscreen messages do not appear when pressing multimedia keys.
  • Setting a multimedia button produces an illegal operation error message.
  • Multimedia keyboard buttons not working.
  • Internet keyboard buttons not working.
  • Sticking keys.
  1. The most common problem when faced with a non-working keyboard is an improper connection. Try reconnecting your keyboard, restart your computer and see if that fixes it.
  2. Turn off the system. Unplug the keyboard connect and inspect for any bent or broken pins. If the pins are bent, then it is possible to gently straighten them using the tip of a ball point pen or mechanical pencil. If the pins are broken, then replacement of the keyboard may be necessary.
  3. Try updating the device driver. Visit the manufactures web site for the latest driver available for your keyboard make and model.
  4. While at the manufactures web site. See if there are software patches or updates available for your keyboard. If there are, go ahead and install them as well as the updated driver.
  5. If you are using a multi-media type keyboard, be sure to delete the software before installing any new drivers for this type of keyboard. Install the updated driver for the manufactures web site, then re-install the keyboard software. If any software updates or patches are available for your multi-media keyboard, install them at this time. Delete the keyboard software by using Add/Remove Programs (Start>> Control Panel>> Add/Remove Programs). If you receive a prompt asking if you would like to remove all shared files, answer "No to all". Then click OK.

If none of the above steps resolves your keyboard problem, it is likely that your keyboard is bad.

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How can I remove StickyKeys feature?

Question:

I am trying to figure out how to take off StickyKeys, but I am not having any luck.

Answer:

  1. By pressing the Shift key 5 times, an option windows will appear.
  2. To remove the StickyKeys feature, click the Settings button.
  3. Then in the resulting accessibility options window, click the Keyboard tab.
  4. Uncheck the Use StickyKeys checkbox.
  5. Click the StickyKeys Settings button.
  6. Uncheck the Use Shortcut checkbox.
  7. Click Apply, then click OK twice to exit all open windows.

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Keyboard shortcut for "right click"?

Question:

Is there any way that I can make Windows see a certain key as a right click?

Answer:

Well, there are two ways I know of to do this.

  1. Hold down the SHIFT key and press F10.
  2. Most newer keyboards have a key specifically for this purpose. It is located between the right Windows key and the CTRL key.

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Recommended Key Codes

Below is an image that defines the recommended key codes for most keyboards:

Recommended Key Codes

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Cleaning your PC keyboard

Be sure that your computer is turned off and your keyboard is unplugged.

To remove the dirt and lint from the body of your keyboard, hold the keyboard upside-down over a trash can and gently shake it. It is fine to give it a couple of gentle "pats" to remove the firmly lodged dirt or crumbs. Another method is to use a can of compressed air and give it a few shots to remove dirt and dust. Be sure to have a dust mask on if you are allergic to dust!

If you would like to clean between the keys, go get an old toothbrush and dampen it with a quick shot of Windex or similar. The just gently scrub between the keys. For cleaning the tops of the keys and the rest of the keyboard, go get a soft cotton cloth (an old sock works great). Dampen the cloth with a few shots of Windex or similar and gently wipe until clean.

Depending on your keyboard usage, it is a general recommendation to clean your keyboard approximately once a month. You power users may want to clean more frequently.

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