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Cannot Ctrl-Alt-Delete For a few weeks now I have been having a problem with my laptop. The left Control button does not seem to work anymore, but even when using the right control button I cannot ctrl-alt-del, ctrl-c/ctrl-v to copy paste. Also, sometimes when in firefox/internet explorer/word when I type any key, it will not allow me to type anything, it will pop up with the save dialog if I type S. Is the left control key stuck? Can I just pop off the left control button, not really sure and I don't want to break the laptop anymore.

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Yes you can pop off individual keys. There are three parts to most keys: the rubber 'boot' which actually activates the keystoke, the flex connector which is the plastic 'X' support under the key that lets it go up and down, and the keycap itself. I usually use two precision screwdrivers, placing one under the left edge of the key for support while prying gently with the other on the right. Be careful as it is very easy to break the little plastic tabs on the flex connector that clip into the underside of the keycap. (They can be replaced for about $7.50 on eBay)

It is not unusual for a foreign object (paperclip, staple, etc) to get under a key and keep it from pressing down. Sometimes you can use compressed air or even tweezers (with a steady hand) to remove these without taking off the keycap.

Worst case scenario is an electrical problem preventing the keystroke from being sensed. A replacement keyboard would run about $35-40 and is actually pretty easy to install. I would check the warranty first at that point, it might still be covered.

And finally, there is the 'Onscreen Keyboard' as a part of XP, found in the Start Button->Accesories->Accessibility folder.

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Check your keyboard,

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Try pressing Ctrl + Alt + UP Arrow Key, or try Ctrl + Alt + and a different Arrow Key.

If that does not work: Right-click on empty Desktop > Graphics Options > Rotation.

or
Press "Ctrl-Alt" and an arrow key (left, right, up or down) to rotate the screen.
Continue pressing the hotkeys and arrow keys until you reach the desired rotation. This works with most video drivers on Windows XP. If it doesn't,

Click "Start," then "Control Panel," then "Display," then the "Settings" tab. Click the "Advanced" button. Check for an "Orientation" option. Select your desired orientation.

hope this helps

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Windows xp keyboard tips


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Windows system key combinations

  • F1: Help
  • CTRL+ESC: Open Start menu
  • ALT+TAB: Switch between open programs
  • ALT+F4: Quit program
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete item permanently
  • Windows Logo+L: Lock the computer (without using CTRL+ALT+DELETE)

Windows program key combinations

  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+Z: Undo
  • CTRL+B: Bold
  • CTRL+U: Underline
  • CTRL+I: Italic

Mouse click/keyboard modifier combinations for shell objects

  • SHIFT+right click: Displays a shortcut menu containing alternative commands
  • SHIFT+double click: Runs the alternate default command (the second item on the menu)
  • ALT+double click: Displays properties
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Deletes an item immediately without placing it in the Recycle Bin

General keyboard-only commands

  • F1: Starts Windows Help
  • F10: Activates menu bar options
  • SHIFT+F10 Opens a shortcut menu for the selected item (this is the same as right-clicking an object
  • CTRL+ESC: Opens the Start menu (use the ARROW keys to select an item)
  • CTRL+ESC or ESC: Selects the Start button (press TAB to select the taskbar, or press SHIFT+F10 for a context menu)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC: Opens Windows Task Manager
  • ALT+DOWN ARROW: Opens a drop-down list box
  • ALT+TAB: Switch to another running program (hold down the ALT key and then press the TAB key to view the task-switching window)
  • SHIFT: Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you insert a CD-ROM to bypass the automatic-run feature
  • ALT+SPACE: Displays the main window's System menu (from the System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the window)
  • ALT+- (ALT+hyphen): Displays the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) child window's System menu (from the MDI child window's System menu, you can restore, move, resize, minimize, maximize, or close the child window)
  • CTRL+TAB: Switch to the next child window of a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) program
  • ALT+underlined letter in menu: Opens the menu
  • ALT+F4: Closes the current window
  • CTRL+F4: Closes the current Multiple Document Interface (MDI) window
  • ALT+F6: Switch between multiple windows in the same program (for example, when the Notepad Find dialog box is displayed, ALT+F6 switches between the Find dialog box and the main Notepad window)

Shell objects and general folder/Windows Explorer shortcuts

For a selected object:
  • F2: Rename object
  • F3: Find all files
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • SHIFT+DELETE: Delete selection immediately, without moving the item to the Recycle Bin
  • ALT+ENTER: Open the properties for the selected object

To copy a file

Press and hold down the CTRL key while you drag the file to another folder.

To create a shortcut

Press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT while you drag a file to the desktop or a folder.

General folder/shortcut control

  • F4: Selects the Go To A Different Folder box and moves down the entries in the box (if the toolbar is active in Windows Explorer)
  • F5: Refreshes the current window.
  • F6: Moves among panes in Windows Explorer
  • CTRL+G: Opens the Go To Folder tool (in Windows 95 Windows Explorer only)
  • CTRL+Z: Undo the last command
  • CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window
  • BACKSPACE: Switch to the parent folder
  • SHIFT+click+Close button: For folders, close the current folder plus all parent folders

Windows Explorer tree control

  • Numeric Keypad *: Expands everything under the current selection
  • Numeric Keypad +: Expands the current selection
  • Numeric Keypad -: Collapses the current selection.
  • RIGHT ARROW: Expands the current selection if it is not expanded, otherwise goes to the first child
  • LEFT ARROW: Collapses the current selection if it is expanded, otherwise goes to the parent

Properties control

  • CTRL+TAB/CTRL+SHIFT+TAB: Move through the property tabs

Accessibility shortcuts

  • Press SHIFT five times: Toggles StickyKeys on and off
  • Press down and hold the right SHIFT key for eight seconds: Toggles FilterKeys on and off
  • Press down and hold the NUM LOCK key for five seconds: Toggles ToggleKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK: Toggles MouseKeys on and off
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN: Toggles high contrast on and off

Microsoft Natural Keyboard keys

  • Windows Logo: Start menu
  • Windows Logo+R: Run dialog box
  • Windows Logo+M: Minimize all
  • SHIFT+Windows Logo+M: Undo minimize all
  • Windows Logo+F1: Help
  • Windows Logo+E: Windows Explorer
  • Windows Logo+F: Find files or folders
  • Windows Logo+D: Minimizes all open windows and displays the desktop
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F: Find computer
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+TAB: Moves focus from Start, to the Quick Launch toolbar, to the system tray (use RIGHT ARROW or LEFT ARROW to move focus to items on the Quick Launch toolbar and the system tray)
  • Windows Logo+TAB: Cycle through taskbar buttons
  • Windows Logo+Break: System Properties dialog box
  • Application key: Displays a shortcut menu for the selected item

Microsoft Natural Keyboard with IntelliType software installed

  • Windows Logo+L: Log off Windows
  • Windows Logo+P: Starts Print Manager
  • Windows Logo+C: Opens Control Panel
  • Windows Logo+V: Starts Clipboard
  • Windows Logo+K: Opens Keyboard Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo+I: Opens Mouse Properties dialog box
  • Windows Logo+A: Starts Accessibility Options (if installed)
  • Windows Logo+SPACEBAR: Displays the list of Microsoft IntelliType shortcut keys
  • Windows Logo+S: Toggles CAPS LOCK on and off

Dialog box keyboard commands

  • TAB: Move to the next control in the dialog box
  • SHIFT+TAB: Move to the previous control in the dialog box
  • SPACEBAR: If the current control is a button, this clicks the button. If the current control is a check box, this toggles the check box. If the current control is an option, this selects the option.
  • ENTER: Equivalent to clicking the selected button (the button with the outline)
  • ESC: Equivalent to clicking the Cancel button
  • ALT+underlined letter in dialog box item: Move to the corresponding item
reference: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/126449

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Key-bord shorcut


· Shift + F10 right-clicks.
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Win + L (XP Only): Locks keyboard.
Similar to LockWorkstation.
· Win + F or F3: Open Find dialog. (All Files) F3 may notwork in some applications which use F3 for their own find dialogs.
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Win + Control + F: Open Find dialog. (Computers)
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Win + U: Open Utility Manager.
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Win + F1: Open Windows help.
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Win + Pause: Open System Properties dialog.
· Win + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons.
Enter clicks,AppsKey or Shift + F10 right-clicks.
· Win + Shift + Tab: Cycle through taskbar buttons inreverse.
· Alt + Tab: Display CoolSwitch. More commonly known as theAltTab dialog.
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Alt + Shift + Tab: Display CoolSwitch; go in reverse.
· Alt + Escape: Send active window to the bottom of thez-order.
· Alt + Shift + Escape: Activate the window at the bottomof the z-order.
· Alt + F4: Close active window; or, if all windows areclosed, open shutdown dialog.
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Shift while a CD is loading: Bypass AutoPlay.
· Shift while login: Bypass startup folder. Only thoseapplications will be ignored which are in the startup folder, not those startedfrom the registry (MicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun)
· Ctrl + Alt + Delete or Ctrl + Alt + NumpadDel (BothNumLock states): Invoke the Task Manager or NT Security dialog.
· Ctrl + Shift + Escape (2000/XP ) or (Ctrl + Alt +NumpadDot) : Invoke the task manager. On earlier OSes, acts like Ctrl + Escape.
· Printscreen: Copy screenshot of current screen toclipboard.
· Alt + Printscreen: Copy screenshot of current activewindow to clipboard.
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Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow: Invert screen. Untested on OSesother than XP. · Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow: Undo inversion.
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Win + B : Move focus to systray icons.


2.) Generic

· Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert: Copy.
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Ctrl + X or Shift + Delete: Cut.
· Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert: Paste/Move.
· Ctrl + N: New... File, Tab, Entry, etc.
· Ctrl + S: Save.
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Ctrl + O: Open...
· Ctrl + P: Print.
· Ctrl + Z: Undo.
· Ctrl + A: Select all.
· Ctrl + F: Find...
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Ctrl+W : to close the current window
· Ctrl + F4: Close tab or child window.
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F1: Open help.
· F11: Toggle full screen mode.
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Alt or F10: Activate menu bar.
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Alt + Space: Display system menu. Same as clicking theicon on the titlebar. · Escape: Remove focus from current control/menu, or closedialog box.


3.) Generic Navigation
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Tab: Forward one item.
· Shift + Tab: Backward one item.
· Ctrl + Tab: Cycle through tabs/child windows.
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Ctrl + Shift + Tab: Cycle backwards through tabs/childwindows.
· Enter: If a button's selected, click it, otherwise, clickdefault button.
· Space: Toggle items such as radio buttons or checkboxes.
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Alt + (Letter): Activate item corresponding to (Letter).(Letter) is the underlined letter on the item's name.
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Ctrl + Left: Move cursor to the beginning of previousword.
· Ctrl + Right: Move cursor to the beginning of next word.
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Ctrl + Up: Move cursor to beginning of previousparagraph. This and all subsequent Up/Down hotkeys in this section have onlybeen known to work in RichEdit controls.
· Ctrl + Down: Move cursor to beginning of next paragraph.
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Shift + Left: Highlight one character to the left.
· Shift + Right: Highlight one character to the right.
· Shift + Up: Highlight from current cursor position, toone line up.
· Shift + Down: Highlight from current cursor position, toone line down.
· Ctrl + Shift + Left: Highlight to beginning of previousword.
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Ctrl + Shift + Right: Highlight to beginning of nextword.
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Ctrl + Shift + Up: Highlight to beginning of previousparagraph.
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Ctrl + Shift + Down: Highlight to beginning of nextparagraph.
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Home: Move cursor to top of a scrollable control.
· End: Move cursor to bottom of a scrollable control.

on Oct 10, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Unlocking my keyboard


try to press scroll lock. If it did not work try to press Control + Alt + Delete at the same time. If it did not work, turn off the pc, remove the cables and battery, press & hold power button for 10 secs, reinsert the cables and battery back, turn on the laptop. Press again scroll lock, num lock or Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Hope it is ok...

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My HP 6530 laptop (two weeks old) has suddenly gone to an inverted display and I can't seem t o get it right side up - do you know the Vista command to invert the display? Ctrl-Alt-Up/Down arrow does not...


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--if it's a GeForce Vid card, open your display settings (settings > advanced), click the Geforce XXXX tab, open 'additional properties', find NVrotate and click the button 'restore defaults' which is 'landscape (0 degree rotation)'.

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Hi,
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Use ctrl+alt+ up Arrow key on your keyboard (you can also use use ctrl+alt+ left/right Arrow key)

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