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Is it possible to reset my keyboard settings even if I'm unsure of what's changed? (See details)

Asked by Seelix (14738 points ) July 28th, 2011

My cats like to walk on my keyboard now and then, and sometimes my input gets all messed up and certain keys do things that they ought not do. For example, I just restarted my computer because, somehow, the pitter-patter of kitty feet made it so that the T key minimized my Firefox window.

I really have no idea what it is they’re stepping on, and the effects are different each time. Is there any way I can get things back to normal without restarting my computer, even though I don’t know what happened to mess things up? I’m running Vista if that matters.

Thanks in advance!

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Aethelflaed's avatar

I just got this from Googling, so there’s no personal guarantee of it working:

1. From the Tools menu, select Customize…
2. In the Customize dialog box click the Keyboard… button
3. The Customize Keyboard dialog box appears
4. Click Reset All… (The button will be shaded out if you have not made any keyboard customizations)
5. Click Yes in the pop up box
6. Click Close
7. Click Close on the Customize dialog box

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

What would happen if you disconnected it and then reconnected it to your computer?

Seelix's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe – Sorry, I should have mentioned – it’s a laptop.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Seelix That makes it trickier. Good morning.:)

Tropical_Willie's avatar

…have you considered, in the future, closing the laptop?

Seelix's avatar

@Tropical_Willie – I do when I know I’ll be away from the computer for a while, but these cats are sneaky. I can run to the bathroom for two minutes to pee, and when I come back they’re sitting on it.

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