I can be typing along and look up and there are no words on the screen. Sometimes, if I "strike" the key, it will appear. Delete, back space, space bar all cease to work. I had this happen to me twice before (only once on this computer), and I don't remember how I got it to work. This time, I will write down ! (Backspace doesn't want to work to move the exclamation point after "down"). Can anyone please help me? I think its something simple?????
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Re: computer keys only sporatically hit
First, I suggest you unplug and plug the computer connector several times to 'wipe' the pins.
If that made no difference, I would borrow a keyboard to try on your system (or buy one; they're cheap).
The electronics that receive input from the keyboard haven't changed for almost three decades but it was contained in a single-purpose chip that has long-since been integrated into a single IC that handles such 'legacy' tasks.
Just as it occasionally happened years ago, the simple circuit can fail whether or not it is in one chip along with other functions.
You might try going to the Control Panel and open the Keyboard section and use the space provided for checking the repeat rate to see if the problem is noticeable there too but all it offers is setings for delay before starting to repeat and the repeat speed.
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If your phone only has the numeric pad you can change the setting from "abc" to "T9". T9 is a predictive texting mode, so if you wanted to type the word "hello" you would just press the corresponding numbers 1 time, for example: 4(gHi)-3(dEf)-5 (jkL)-5(jkL)-6(mnO), so you would only hit 4-3-5-5-6, if the word is not the first word displayed you can hit the next key which is usually either * or # depending on your phone. The T9 setting is usually changed by again hitting either the * or # key, or sometimes 0. It is also sometimes selected on the texting menu from within the message.
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A general tip, for any computer, for capturing static (not video) print screen is this: Hit print screen key (Print SCRN, sometimes needed to use a Fn key combination, depending on the computer's brand) - start any program you'd like to import the print screen to (Microsoft Word or any image editor you like) - paste the screen in the program. In other words, when you hit the Print SCRN key, you just copy your screen at the memory, so all you have is to paste this screen into any available program. TIP: if you press ALT and PRINT SCRN key together, you get at the copy just the active window.
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Is there no "insert" key? Normally you tap th einsert key and it toggles between insert and over-write (or strike-over) mode. If there is a numeric keypad tape the "0" key on it provided the numeric pad is disabled. Same thing.
i would suggest re-installing word, or better the whole of MS office. when uninstalling first, if the uninstaller asks: remove all previous user settings, so the new install of office won't take over the faulty settings from the previous install