Why is My Keyboard Not Typing but doing shortcuts?

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Computer keyboard shortcuts can be handy when you need to type a lot of text quickly. However, they can also get in the way when you’re trying to type regular text. But, what could be causing a computer keyboard not to type normally but do shortcuts?

As a general guide, your keyboard may not be typing but doing shortcuts, because you have enabled one or more keyboard shortcuts that are causing software drivers conflict. To check, open the “Keyboard” section of your system preferences, and look for the “Shortcuts” tab. If you see any shortcuts that are enabled, disable them.

Shortcuts can be used to enable or disable computer keyboard lighting. If this doesn’t solve the problem, there may be something wrong with your keyboard. Try connecting a different keyboard to your computer to see if it types correctly. To disable keyboard shortcuts, follow these steps:

Disabling Computer Keyboard shortcuts In Windows 10

  1. To disable keyboard shortcuts in Windows, open the Control Panel, and double-click on the “Ease of Access” icon.
  2. In the Ease of Access window, click the “Change how your keyboard works” link under the Keyboard options. This opens up a new window with more keyboard settings to change.
  3. Click the “Turn off all shortcuts” check box to disable all keyboard shortcuts.
  4. Click “OK” to save your changes, and then click “Close” to close the Ease of Access window.

Disabling Computer Keyboard shortcuts In MacOS

  1. To disable keyboard shortcuts in MacOS, open the System Preferences window, and click on the Keyboard icon.
  2. In the Keyboard window, click on the “Keyboard Shortcuts” tab.
  3. In the Keyboard Shortcuts window, you’ll see a list of all the keyboard shortcuts that are currently enabled on your Mac.
  4. To disable a keyboard shortcut, select it in the list and then click the “-” button below the list.
  5. When you’re done disabling shortcuts, click “Close” to close the Keyboard window.

Disabling Computer Keyboard shortcuts In Ubuntu or Linux Mint

  1. To disable keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu, open the “Keyboard” window from the System Settings menu.
  2. In the Keyboard window, click on the “Shortcuts” tab at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on any shortcut that you want to disable, and then press the “Delete” key on your keyboard.
  4. When you’re done disabling shortcuts, click “Close” to close the Keyboard window.
  5. If you want to disable all keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, select the “Disable all shortcuts” check box.
  6. Click “Close” to close the Keyboard window and save your changes.

Getting Your Computer Keyboard Out Of Shortcut Mode.

While it is easy to get keyboard shortcuts on your computer keyboard, they can quickly get out of control but also a lot easier to get them back under control.

As a general guide, If your keyboard is not typing regular text, but is instead doing shortcuts, the best way to fix the problem is to identify which keyboard shortcut is causing the issue, and then disable it.

Once you have disabled the offending keyboard shortcut, your computer keyboard should start typing regular text again. If not, you may need to replace your keyboard.

There are plenty of widely used computer keyboard shortcuts. But, if you’re not using them, it’s easy to disable them.

The popular keyboard shortcuts On Windows 10 include:

  1. Print Screen – Press this key to take a screenshot of your computer screen and copy it into the clipboard.
  2. Alt – Pressing this key allows you to use the keyboard as a shortcut for accessing menus. For example, if I press “Alt” and then click on File in the menu bar, my action now opens up the File menu.
  3. Ctrl – Pressing this key while doing certain tasks (like selecting text) will allow you to use the computer keyboard as a shortcut. For example, if I hold “Ctrl” and then press “C”, my computer will copy the selected text.
  4. Windows Logo – This key is used as a shortcut for opening the Start menu.
  5. The shortcut for capturing computer screenshot on MacBook is Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
  6. The shortcut for taking screenshot of the active window is Command (⌘)-Shift-4. You can press the spacebar to change the selection tool to a camera.
  7. Command (⌘)-v inserts the captured screenshot into the document being edited as a graphic.
  8. Command (⌘)-4 followed by pressing the escape key returns to selection mode.
  9. The shortcut for taking screenshot of the whole screen is Control-Command (⌘)-Shift-3.
  10. To take a screenshot of a selected area, use Control-Command (⌘)-Shift-4. Drag the crosshair pointer to select the area and then release the mouse button. To cancel, press the escape key before you release the mouse button.
  11. The shortcut for taking screenshot of an open window is Control-Command (⌘)-Shift-4 followed by pressing the spacebar. Select the window with the crosshair pointer, and it will be saved to your desktop.
  12. The shortcut for Maximum Zoom In is Control-Command (⌘)-Plus Sign (+). The shortcut for Maximum Zoom Out is Control-Command (⌘)-Minus Sign (-).
  13. The shortcut for toggling among full-screen mode, window mode, and actual size is Control-Command (⌘)-1, Control-Command (⌘)-2, and Control-Command (⌘)-0.
  14. The shortcut for opening the “Look Up” pane is Control-Option-Shift-.
  15. To open Dictionary when in a text document, select any word and then press that key.
  16. The shortcut for toggling the speaking of text is Control-Option-Command (⌘)-T.

There are many more keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, but these are some of the most commonly used. If you’re not using them, it’s easy to start using them.

  1. To capture an active computer screen in Windows 10, press “PrtScn” button on your computer keyboard.
  2. To capture the entire screen of your Windows 10 device, press the “Windows logo key + PrtScn” buttons on your computer keyboard.
  3. To capture a specific active window in Windows 10, press “Window Logo Key + PrtScn” button instead of just “Window Logo Key + PrtScn”.
  4. The captured screenshots will be automatically saved as .png files in your “Pictures” folder.
  5. You can also use these keyboard shortcuts to take a screenshot on MacBook devices.
  6. To take a screenshot of the entire screen on your HP laptop, press the “fn” button + “F11” buttons on your laptop keyboard.
  7. To take a screenshot of the active window on your HP laptop, press the “fn” button + “F10” buttons instead of just “fn” button + “F10”.
  8. The captured screenshots will be automatically saved as .png files in the Pictures folder of your laptop.
  9. To take a screenshot of the entire screen on your HPChromebook, press the “Ctrl” and “Window logo key” buttons on your keyboard at the same time.
  10. To take a screenshot of the active window on your HPChromebook, press the “Ctrl” and “Window logo key” buttons at the same time instead of just “Ctrl” and “Window logo key”.
  11. The captured screenshots will be automatically saved as .png files in the Pictures folder of your laptop.
  12. The shortcut to take a screenshot of an open window is “Window logo key + Shift + F10” buttons on your keyboard.
  13. To capture the entire screen, press the “Windows logo key + PrtScn” buttons on your computer keyboard after pressing “Window logo key + Shift + F10”.
  14. To copy the screenshot to your clipboard, press “Ctrl” + “Print screen” buttons.
  15. The shortcut for opening Dictionary is “Windows logo key+F.” Press this button again to view the meaning of a word.
  16. To open any application or folder with a click on its shortcut, press “Windows logo key + R” to open the Run window, type the name of the application or folder, and then press “Enter.”
  17. These are some of the keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 users. Learning these shortcuts will help you work faster on your device. If you want to learn more about keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft provides a comprehensive guide.
  18. There are many more keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, but these are some of the most commonly used. If you’re not using them, it’s easy to start using them.
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