I was working on my laptop and our cat unexpectedly jumped up and landed on keyboard. Now the alpha keys (u, i, o, p, j, k, l etc.) appear as numbers. They only work as alpha keys if the Fn key is pressed (the reverse of how the keys are intended). Is there a way to reset or reprogram the keys? I've tried rebooting and the Fn key still seems to be overriding these alpha keys.
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if usb keyboard and local keyboard aren't working i'd check to see if you have a fuction key pressed that disables you from using the keyboard, try restarting, if it solves the issue it was a FN key if not, problems deeper and you may want to look at hardware diagnostics
That must be added to a newspaper headline. "Cat kills mouse pad". Sorry about that! Usually whatever you do, keyboard wise, will be reset when you reboot. Open control panel and select mouse. Adjust as you require. Hope that fixes it.
There should be a key marked [FN] check that key for something stuck under it. If nothing is there press the [FN] key and make sure the number lock is off and see if that corrects the problem. If it doesn't the next step would be double checking the keyboard selection inside windows and reloading the keyboard drivers finally if nothing from above corrects the problem you will need to replace the keyboard. If you have ever had that area open for maintenance or cleaning open it up again and make sure the connector hasn't come loose.
There is a master function key that you hold down while tapping another function located on the keyboard. This all depends on the model of laptop. Next time try to giva a little more info like make and model, which is located on the bottom. The function key or Fn key is usually located on the keyboard near the Alt and Control key lower left. while holding this key down, you tap the corresponding brightness key on the number of the keyboard, some times the brightness is on the 4 arrows on the right side of the keyboard...sometimes they are the numbers 6 or 7 look for what appears to be a symbol that looks like the sun or a light. Hold down Fn and tap the key that brightens the display.
Have a look at the F keys at the top of the keypad. The fn key is a toggle key. It changes the mode to something and then back again when you press it. There will be an F key with a picture of a keyboard on it (probably) (Dont press the one with the the picture of a computer on or your screen will go off)
Press fn and the keyboard Fkey together to toggle back to alpha keyboard rather than numeric.