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common keyboard mistakesIt happens even to the most experienced of users: the accidental keyboard shortcuts. No matter how often you use your computer, weird things can start happening when you’re going too fast, when you lean on your keyboard, and of course, when you’re cat or child decide it’s party time, and your keyboard is a dance floor/drum set. Very experienced users know how to fix each and every problem, but many of us sometime encounter a weird problem we’re not sure how to fix, mainly because we’re not sure how it happened.

Has your cat ever walked on your keyboard just for a second, causing the entire display to flip on its side? Have you ever tried typing your password over and over again, getting an error even when you were sure you’re doing it right? Have you ever tried changing your keyboard language, and managed to close the entire program you were working on by mistake? If one of these things or something similar ever happened to you or someone you know, this guide is for you.

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My Display Is Flipped!

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If this never ever happened to you or to anyone you know, raise your hand now. I don’t think I know anyone who hasn’t encountered this weird problem at least once. While it’s very easy to do by mistake, especially for cats and children, it’s not always easy to remember how to fix it. So how does this happen? Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys. When you hit this combination, no matter which arrow, your display will flip in the direction of the arrow you used. It’s pretty simple, but very disturbing when it happens by mistake.

So how do I fix it? Ctrl+Alt+”Up Arrow” will do the trick, and will restore your display to the right orientation.

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This Thing Keeps Saying My Password Is Wrong!

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This one is very common, and probably the easiest one to recognize, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it. Yes, it’s the notorious CAPS LOCK, especially when trying to type in a password. Why do we need this key on the keyboard, I will never understand. Not only is it ever-present, it’s also huge, and right above the shift button. A mistake waiting to happen if I ever saw one.

When you accidently hit caps lock when just typing, it’s not so bad. When you’re typing a hidden password, though, it can turn into a disaster. I once had myself locked out of an account on a website after getting my password wrong too many times. The darn caps lock was on, and it took me way too much time to realize what was going on.

So how do I fix it? If you get your password wrong twice in a row, CHECK THE CAPS LOCK. It’s probably on.

My Num Pad Stopped Typing Numbers!

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These days, most keyboard include a number pad, even on laptops. And where there’s a num pad (and even where there isn’t, really), there’s a Num Lock button. If you’ve ever tried to use your num pad and ended up scrolling as if you were using arrows, you’ve probably turned your num lock off. The num lock button, while it’s on, makes sure your num pad outputs numbers. When it’s off, the num pad keys turn to arrows, and you’re not getting any numbers. Since it’s mostly useless, it’s very easy to hit by mistake.

So how do I fix it? This is a no brainer: Make sure your num lock is on, if you want to type numbers. Note that on some laptops, you need to use the Fn key in order to toggle num lock. When this is done by mistake, it’s even more difficult to discover what’s happened!

My Display Keeps Changing Size!

Have you ever innocently scrolled a page, only to have it become huge or tiny within seconds? This rather amusing effect is usually caused by the Ctrl key being pressed, or even stuck, while using the mouse’s scroll wheel. When you hit Ctrl and scroll, you’re actually zooming in and out of the page (very useful to know, if you haven’t been using it). You can achieve the same effect by pressing ctrl and the plus or minus buttons, whether intentionally or not.

So how do I fix it? If you’re zooming in and out and didn’t mean to do this, check your ctrl key. If you’re not actively pressing it, tap it a few times to make sure it’s not stuck, or read “Everything Has Gone Insane!!!!” further down this post.

The Arrow Keys Scroll My Entire Excel Spreadsheet!

OK, I’ll admit this one is rare, but when it does happen, it’s really annoying. Have you ever worked on an Excel spreadsheet (or some of the other rare programs that are actually affected by this), and suddenly found that the arrow keys scroll the entire spreadsheet instead of moving between cells? Something so simple, and yet it can drive a person insane when trying to get some work done. The solution to this mystery is simple: the Scroll Lock key.

Already absent from many keyboards, this key is a relic from of times past, and doesn’t really affect most of today’s software. It does, however, work in Microsoft Excel, and several other text editors. It’s function is to turn your arrow keys into scroll keys, instead of have them move the cursor.

So how do you fix it? Well, this one is simple. Turn off scroll lock!

I’m Trying To Change Language, & Weird Things Keep Happening!

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Ah, my favorite mistake, and the one that keep happening to me over and over again. If you only use an English keyboard, you’ve probably never encountered this, but anyone who had to switch between languages or layout probably knows this. Sometimes you’re trying to switch languages by pressing Alt+Shift, and when you resume typing in the other language, all sort of crazy things start happening. What’s going on?

What’s  happening is that for some reason, the keyboard didn’t catch the “shift” part of the shortcut, and only took the “alt” into account. In many programs, hitting alt is the same as opening the menus on top. When you hit alt and then a combination of letters, you can activate pretty much every function in the menu, using only the keyboard. Very useful when you actually want to do this, but not so when you only want to switch languages. I can’t count the number of times I managed to close the entire window, when I was only trying to switch languages.

(I’m not even going to go into the “typing in the wrong language” problem. I can write a whole post about this one.)

So how do I fix it? Stop for a second after hitting alt+shift; do you see the letters highlighted on the menu as seen in the screenshot? Don’t go any further. Hit escape, and then alt+shift again, this time with intention!

Everything Has Gone Insane!!!!

You’re trying to type, and weird things keep happening. Capital letters come out of nowhere, your text is randomly highlighted or disappears, and your windows keep minimizing for no apparent reason. If you’re really in trouble, you may even lock your entire computer without meaning to. And the thing keeps beeping! What’s going on?

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Yes, the infamous sticky keys. While these could be very convenient for people who have trouble holding two keys at the same time, it’s nothing but a nuisance to anyone else. And the worse thing: they can be activated by mistake. Sticky keys make it so you don’t have to hold the shift, ctrl, alt and Win keys in order to activate their special functions. You can hit shift, let it go, and then hit a letter. You will get a capital latter.

How do you activate it? Usually by tapping on the shift button five times in a row. When you do that, a beep sounds, and the above dialog box appears. If you’re not paying attention, you might just hit yes without realizing, it is the default answer after all, and you’re stuck with sticky keys.

So how do I fix it? If you’ve managed to activate sticky keys by mistake, tapping five times on the shift button will turn them off. You won’t see a notice about it, but you’ll hear four beeps, and then a distinctive downwards beep. Sticky keys are now off!


These are most likely not the only annoying keys people hit by mistake. When writing this post, I was trying to include the most common keyboard mistakes I could think of, especially those that keep happening to me. Not being a newbie, I’m aware that if something happens to me, it can sure happen to people who don’t use a computer for their livelihood.

Is there an annoying keyboard shortcut I forgot to mention? Does something like this keep happening to you? Tell us your stories, and of course, how to fix it!

Image credits: man hitting computer image via Shutterstock, num pad image via Shutterstock

  1. Jo Walsh
    October 24, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Well in my case FILTER KEYS got me. Thanks for getting me to the area to fix it.

  2. jeff
    October 16, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    If I hold the shift key down for a fraction of a second too long, the web page goes back. I'm using Win 7 and Chrome. This didn't use to happen. I checked the Ease of Access Center, too. Please help.

  3. darlene
    October 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    my screen disappears on to the side for no reason that i know of.....i have to click on whatever piece i can still see in order to bring it back! ughhhhhhhhh!

  4. Mary
    August 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Great article - my problem was listed, and following your advice fixed it.

    Thanks for your help!

    P.S. Found a typo in the first paragraph: "you're" should be "your" --

    "...when you’re cat or child decide it’s party time..."

    Many thanks again!

  5. Martie
    August 21, 2016 at 2:23 am

    When I type, I'll come to a random letter and a box will appear at the top right with that letter in it. That letter (or sometimes a combination of letters) will be highlighted in yellow in every appearance on the page, and the scroll bar will have yellow stripes in it. It happened three times while I was typing this! It's SO irritating!

  6. Jean
    August 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I had to post here, because you saved my life.
    It happened to me several years, in almost all my computers, and I realized I was the only one with that problems!

    When I change tabs in a browser, I use control+shift+tab / control+tab command. And when I use it, sometimes and zooms in and out the page. The solution: turn off those sticky keys.
    Thank you very much!!!

  7. Ampex
    August 9, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Sticky keys not working

    I have come across lots and lots of postings regarding the ubiquitous Sticky Keys being accidentally activated and how to disable them- BUT what if you're one of those unfortunate individuals who can't operate the Ctrl/Alt/Del keys in the sequence necessary to bring up the task manager etc and NEED the Sticky keys - only to find that despite having been correctly selected in your Ease of Access Centre (Make the keyboard easier to use) suddenly they aren't working? Well, check the Numbers Lock utility on your keyboard hasn't been enabled, because this will prevent the Sticky Keys from operating!

  8. Jen
    August 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    On Google Chrome, sometimes suddenly my screen shows from top to bottom and my address line and tabs are not showing. There doesn't seem to be a way to close the window/page I'm on. I have to go to the Windows key to get to desktop and close Google from the Taskbar. What key(s) am I hitting that results in this dastardly phenomena? It occurs while I'm typing pretty fast. Thank you for your help! Jen

    • yossi cohen
      August 3, 2016 at 7:24 pm


  9. Jenee
    July 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Also regarding the password lockout--I recently had that problem and it wasn't the caps lock, it was because my right hand was shifted over one key when I typed it in, my right index finger was on the K instead of the J. So when I typed in the password it was all wrong. I simply shifted my right hand over one letter, typed in the password by memory and using the same movements of those fingers for the letters and it actually worked! Saved me a lot of money and lost data. If all else fails, try that and see if it works. I can't be the only one that has ever done that.

  10. Padam
    July 7, 2016 at 5:36 am

    on pressing spacebar its showing restore, minimize, maximize, close button. what could be the issue???

    • Fedos
      July 11, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      If that's happening when you press the spacebar then the Alt key is down.

  11. Austin Jackson
    June 18, 2016 at 1:40 am

    when i hit the shift key it will type what you see below cant figure out how to stop itd token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t\"Nevermore!""
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGAL
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t
    SLd token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t\"Nevermore!""
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGAL
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t
    SLd token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t\"Nevermore!""
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGAL
    Line 1: Unexpected token ILLEGALYou can't use the same quotes within each other, try making the outer quotes single quotes or escaping the inner double quotes.
    > "Quoth the raven:\n\t

    • Austin Jackson
      June 18, 2016 at 1:43 am

      by the way this is a coding sequence or something that was up on my computerfor a short time. the cat was on the keyboard so absolutely no idea what was hit.

  12. caroline
    June 14, 2016 at 10:36 am

    my cat sat on my laptop now my touchpad wont work help.

  13. gooday goodbye
    June 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    And i have just found out that holding Shift for 8 seconds made me able to type the same letter every second....

  14. Jules
    May 29, 2016 at 10:27 am

    "Is there an annoying keyboard shortcut I forgot to mention?"

    A big problem is jumping apllications and losing text having no idea what keystrokes one just made.
    Is there a list somewhere?

    More importantly does the list describe the effect in everyday language and not Tech speak.
    (As a User for over 20 years there are still Tech terms that are a mystery!)

    I have seen short lists - but I rarely recognise the effect just experienced.

    More importantly - how can keyboard short-cuts be disabled?

    (Better would be allowing the User to select a few manually. I don't mind Underline, Bold and Italic)

  15. sharon
    May 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I'm on windows 10 on my laptop....this happened before and I can't remember how to fix it. I must have hit some button that caused my touchpad scrolling to not work....can someone help me out here? I checked the settings and it is enabled.

  16. Tammy Duggan
    April 26, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    This is one I cannot find. This seems to only happen when I am typing on the web or in a search bar, but when I tap the scroll wheel on my Microsoft wireless mobile mouse 3500 it will type the letter c. I have searched for a solution for days. Any ideas why this would be happening?

    • yossi cohen
      August 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      maybe the charms menu shortcut or something...
      check your microsoft driver.

  17. Andrew
    April 23, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Whenever I play a game in which I have to use W A S and D to move , I have to hold W however , instead of continuing the movement , my keyboard registers that I keep tapping W rather than holding it down and it spams the moving animation!

    • yossi cohen
      August 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Try another keyboard.
      It usually happens on android with a wired keyboard or on some really weird keyboards(touch/lazer projected ones...)

  18. Gamorkface
    April 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    every time i press the arrow buttons when i'm typing, instead of moving the cursor over, it HIGHLIGHTS the letter next to it. so I can't add words without erasing the whole thing and starting over. It's pretty annoying, I have no idea how i did it or how to fix it.

    • yossi cohen
      August 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm

      ctrl or shift stuck.
      Shift highlights text. ctrl+shift highlights a word.

  19. Tracey M
    December 9, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you, i mean that but it didn't address my current and new and improved, never happened before problem. I have 165 pages instead of 6 WHAT DID I DO?

    • Tracey M
      December 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      EXCEL sorry. i forgot to add that

  20. brandon
    December 2, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Ive had my new laptop for a few weeks and just recently my L key has turned into a Arrow Right key, can anyone help me with this?

  21. Leanna
    November 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I was trying to insert an em dash with the alt code, but instead, a different symbol was inserted, and my cursor will now not let me select in between characters. It only highlights the nearest character or all the text.

  22. Brenda Dhayer
    October 5, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Okay, my cat walked across the keyboard and now the control key is locked far I have accidentally turned off my speakers, and really messed things up...and I can't fix anything because the control key is locked

  23. Amber H
    June 17, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    I am going to cry, I bought this laptop (Acer Aspire V15 Touch) not even three months ago and soon after it started this

    -making me unable to type with my on screen keyboard, my external or the laptop keys themselves (all my shortcut options are disabled)

    -scrolling with my mouse maximizes and minimizes the windows, my desktop etc...its annoying

    -when i go to move one of my programs on my desktop it creates a shortcut/and entirely new original program of the one i am moving.

    -when i go to click on a link on a page, it should use the same tab to open the new page right?(assuming i am not on facebook) but it doesn't it creates a new tab every time especially when i go to use youtube....

    Some days like right now it acts like it did the day i bought it which is like it should but others i can't seem to have a properly functioning laptop...please does anyone know what's wrong????

    I have had it sent in to where i bought it from and they thought it was a sticky ctrl key but they "fixed it" and ctrl sticking wasn't at all the problem

  24. Lisa Jaynes
    June 3, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the article! I've been having an issue where I have to keep hitting Ctrl+Shift to use some shortcuts and also keep things I type on the numeric keypad from showing as letters with umlauts or acute/grave accents. What do I do to keep this from happening?

  25. daniel
    March 22, 2015 at 3:23 am

    I put the space bar in a a pass word for the users. Password tlogin. And it won't let me. Input it at all

  26. Susie
    January 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you for this article - my problem was caused by my small dog who climbed on the desk and decided to sleep on the keyboard...! The dog hairs gave him away, and your article gave me the answer to the reason why half the keys were not working - Number lock!

  27. Drake
    December 30, 2014 at 3:18 am

    I've been playing a game recently, and I was actually recording a video... and this really got on my nerves. Anyways, I type really fast and I just so happened to hit a certain symbol or whatever was on my keyboard to make this happen. I don't know why it does it but whenever I type "{" it inputs a space, and whenever I type "}" it inputs an accented e "é"... but it doesn't do it outside of the game. It's really annoying me, since I'm already half way through the video and this happened and I don't know what it could possibly be.

  28. Adam
    December 22, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I have A problem with my letters P and e when i Press those Keys my computer types other Keys Like on P :æ' and on e it just types y and Enter

    My keyboard is on Danish help

  29. Scott MacDonald
    March 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I'm surprised the language change didn't make it in here. That's one of the big slip ups I find in my office.

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 27, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Well, many people don't use multiple languages, but I actually did include what happens when you change languages and the Alt button stays activated. I hate that. :)

  30. Dena's Graphics
    February 21, 2013 at 3:50 am

    my numbers on laptop wont work --it just stopped during me working on it and the NUM LOCK is not on. Something else caused this it did it one time and someone told me to do something with other keys to unlock them

    • Yaara Lancet
      February 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Do you mean the numbers on your numpad or the numbers at the top of the keyboard?

      If you're talking about the numpad, your num lock key needs to be ON. Otherwise these keys are arrows.

  31. Somaiya Ebrahim
    December 13, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    never faced any such problems..

  32. Aaron Couch
    November 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Haha Yaara, this is great! I've been meaning to check this article out for a while... I can relate to every single one of these.

    • lAURA
      December 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm


      • Yaara Lancet
        December 3, 2012 at 6:51 am

        It's hard to understand what you're experiencing exactly, so I'm not sure how to solve your problem.

        You can try asking your question on MakeUseOf Answers too, great place to get some answers. :)

  33. Eserpess Eserpess
    October 16, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Thank you so much, Iv always had a problem with sticky keys i don't know why but ever single time i dump my headphones or the cats come to say hellow STICKY KEYS appear. before i just turned my computer on and off again so than you very much for helping me with this.

  34. U.N. Owen
    October 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    These are M'soft problems (and, the more they can have…)

  35. Praveen pandey
    October 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    initially i suffer from it. but not now.

  36. Sebastian Cork
    October 15, 2012 at 6:01 am

    My most common enemies are...sticky keys and NUMpad. I didn't know about the scroll lock effect in MS Excel. Thanks for the tips!

  37. CooL PsP3
    October 14, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    it's nice to know that there is a CooL site like that really! helps a lot to a someone like me? Really appreciate all the infos you had such as computers, mobile etc's keep it up and more power. Me and the rest of the Filipino's all over the world (i hope so) likes

  38. Prabha Rani
    October 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    When I play GTA Vice City, I want to go fast and press Shift 5 times in a row, and the game suddenly minimizes and sticky keys dialog appears! It always happens to me! :D

  39. Ah San
    October 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

    The Arrow Keys Scroll My Entire Excel Spreadsheet,this the one experience the most.

  40. Deb
    October 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    I was typing, hit CTRL by mistake. The text was highlighted and then it disappeared! What happened? It has nothing to do with sticky keys. I hit CTRL again--trying to undo my mistake-nothing.I am new to computers and things like this drive me crazy.Can you help??? Would you EMAIL me? I would really appreciate it!!!
    Thankyou Deb

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      My guess is that you hot Ctrl+A by mistake. This selects all your text, and when you go on typing, you actually erase everything that's highlighted. If this happens in the future, try hitting Ctrl+Z to undo your last action.

  41. Imya Last
    October 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

    First one is most usefull

  42. Nightshadow
    October 11, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Terrific article, and I learned something new. I knew I could used the Control key and the + and _ keys to zoom in and out of a web page but did not know I could achieve the same thing using the Control key and my mouse scroll button. Very useful.

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Acro
      October 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

      In addition to Ctrl with +- to zoom in/out, Ctrl and 0 will zoom to the original aspect
      My usual accidental key combination other than the ones mentioned above, Ctrl+W instead of Ctrl+S(Save). Ctrl+W closes (W)indow. It's like Alt+F4 :)

      • Yaara Lancet
        October 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

        Interesting, it never happened to me before, although W and S are definitely close. Sounds annoying!

  43. Mark Silos
    October 11, 2012 at 12:09 am

    hahahaha i always remember this on our office. people seems to be pissed off when this kind of thing happens and it was simple to fix. They thought they have done something wrong.

  44. Alex Perkins
    October 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love playing the rotated display trick, i did it once at school and the school admin didn't even know how to fix it. I would have thought we would considering he's meant to be running the whole network. I had to be pulled out of class to fix it for him.

  45. Lyn Sweetapple
    October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I turned off sticky keys in my computer lab as the students kept turning them on. Under Control Panel, Ease of Access, Making the Keyboard Easier to Use, you can uncheck use sticky keys. If there are other features you keep invoking by accident, you could probably find a checkbox for them under Control Panel.

    I do wish that Word would show Overstrike/Insert in the status bar like they used to. However, when you have Insert on by mistake, quickly press Ctrl+Z.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 11, 2012 at 1:45 am

      Thanks for the tips! I wish I remembered how annoying the insert button is when writing this. :)

  46. Sam Kar
    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Ctrl+Alt+Arrow Keys does not works for me in XP.

  47. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Im glad my gaming keyboard tunes most of these keystrokes out.

  48. josemon maliakal
    October 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    funny , these things used to happen when i started used my computer..nostalgia ..:)

  49. Arron Walker
    October 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I've just had a thought - I'm going to get auto hot key on my laptop again and try it. Why not set up a macro, whenever you press caps lock - the system will press it again for you, immediately disabling it.

    • Arron Walker
      October 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

      If you have auto hotkey, run CapsLock::ScrollLock. It'll remap it to scroll lock, which no one ever uses anyway. Or another key of your choice you're unlikely to use.

      • Yaara Lancet
        October 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

        Brilliant! :)

      • jj
        October 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

        I’ve remapped mine to Backspace. Now I use it more often than the one on the right as it's easier to reach.

        • Arron Walker
          October 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          Oh, that sounds useful! I might try it. I have no trouble learnign new keyboard shortcuts, but when replacing something, I tend to drag awfully. Still, I'll give it a go

  50. Adrian Rea
    October 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Oh yup 2 others, function keys especially f1 for some reason (probably mistake for a 1 or ESC), brining up a help window. Secondly netbook and laptop users accidentally touching the mouse pad sending them anywhere on the screen. With a Dell mini9 it is the bane of my life!

    • Arron Walker
      October 10, 2012 at 9:44 am

      If you look at the function keys, one may have the image of a mouse or a touch pad on it. Press fn and that to temporarily disable it. If you're feeling brave you could disable your touch pad in device manager. I'd only do that if you can get to device manager without using the mouse to begin with though. And only if your computer will disable it without restarting, that would be inconvenient.

      • Adrian Rea
        October 10, 2012 at 10:15 pm

        Thank you Arron, I have seen this symbol on other machines but I have sadly not seen or found such an ability on the Dell Mini9. I think there may be a program out there to make a control key to enable and disable the touchpad, but not sure how legit it is. and I have heard there is a dell update that disables the touchpad when a usb mouse is in operation. but no use unless at a desk. Thanks again

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 11, 2012 at 1:43 am

      F1 is a great one which I should have thought about, thanks!

  51. Adrian Rea
    October 10, 2012 at 8:16 am

    A nice article, but remember to state this is MS Windows based as other operating systems are available.
    I would add to the list a couple of main annoyances. The Insert key. When pressed once, its effects may not be immediately noticed, when you go back and edit a sentence you find you are overwiting what is already there. Simply pressing Insert again to fix it. Next Autocorrect - Word and a number of other programs may automattically correct spelling mistakes or words that are not in its dictionary. This can lead to unreadable text as the replace words may be unrelated to the article. To fix, turn off autocorrect and proof read your work before moving on.
    Nice tip Andrew on the rotating display, I will do that on the wife's PC straight away as it always confuses her!

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

      You're absolutely right, I was sure I mentioned that I'm a Windows user so most of these are probably Windows only. Sorry about that.

      Thanks for your suggestions and tips!

    • Nightshadow
      October 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

      "and proof read your work before moving on."

      Proof read? Does anyone proof read any more? Seems very few do, unfortunately.

    • Drew Butler
      October 16, 2012 at 12:18 am

      very true

  52. Marek
    October 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

    The only listed problem i've had was the alt+shift issue - it caused letters 'y' and 'z' get swaped. This was really annoying.
    But the most frustrating for me was hitting the 'insert' button. I totally didn't know what to do when suddenly during editing my text everything i was writing started deleting the already existing text. It took me some time to discover the simple solution :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 11, 2012 at 1:41 am

      The insert button is an excellent addition. It hasn't happened to me in years because of my current keyboard layout so I completely forgot how annoying it is. Thanks!

    • Anique
      February 2, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I used to have a 'compact' keyboard where the insert key was very close to the backspace. I hit it by accident so often, that in the end I physically removed that key...

  53. Krishnaji Ki2
    October 10, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Good article............could anyone please tell me the thing to block the stick keys

  54. Suresh Volam
    October 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for the article. I tried Ctrl+Alt+Arrow keys, but my screen is not flipped though.

    • Lee
      October 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      If you're stuck in a different orientation, you can usually find an option in your video card settings to flip the display too.

  55. Félix S. De Jesús
    October 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Shift Key is the most common hahahaha

  56. memo1288
    October 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Very nice article! I didn't know the function of scroll lock and sticky keys.
    Also, I was reading that first paragraph in a curious way:
    "...when you lean on your keyboard, and of course, when you’re a cat or child..."

  57. Andrew Niklas
    October 10, 2012 at 12:24 am

    for the rotating display this can be completely avoided by going into control panel--> uninstall programs--> Turn windows features on or off--> and then uncheck "tablet PC components--> apply.

    this will remove that feature and the chance of it ever happening again :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Great tip, and really useful here. Thanks!

    • Ahmed Khalil
      October 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

      it is first time for me to know about this shortcut

      • Ahmed Khalil
        October 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

        by the way i try it but not work with me ? i do not why

        • Harish Jonnalagadda
          October 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

          It should.. Windows started including this feature when they started making tablets, not Surface, but those chunky Gateway machines way back in 2003. As is their wont, they have included the functionality for all versions of WIndows.

        • Yaara Lancet
          October 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

          Well, who knows when you might want to flip your laptop sideways! It's a very original way to work.

    • Alex Downs
      October 15, 2012 at 2:23 am

      I always wondered why mine never did that, I would try that combination and nothing happens lol.

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