My laptop's keyboard is not functioning correctly. My spacebar, backspace, and enter keys are not doing the appropriate thing

I am at wit's end here. I'm not even sure what kind of problem this is but I have had no luck finding answers thus far. When I press my backspace, spacebar, and enter keys on my laptop, they do not function as they should. For example, enter opens up a new firefox window. spacebar pulls up my printer window or types a few letters. Backspace opens up a window for computer only, duplicate, extend, and projector only. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong here and how I might fix this? Nothing has been spilled on my laptop at any time. Thanks in advance. I really appreciate any ideas.
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  1. That's just odd... Hold one of the offending keys down for 5-10 seconds... Is the problem solved?

    Sticky keys may have been turned on by mistake.
    Reply to ratedk
  2. I exactly the same problem on my Compaq CQ56 laptop as described above i.e. opening up a Firefox browser window, printer window or the screen options thing. The same thing happens using a word processor - so not just in browsers. The first time it happened, I found that my sticky keys were on. Changing this solved it. I have shut down this time, disconnected all the power (lead and battery) and left for half an hour before connecting and rebooting. Windows and HP updates are up to date, but still a problem with spacebar, backspace and return. The on screen keyboard from Ease of Access works fine - hence typing this with spaces. Could uploading a new game cause this problem?
    Reply to tangfastico
  3. tangfastico, Can you confirm that Sticky Keys & Filter Keys are not active?

    http://www.guidingtech.com/11438/enable-or-disable-sticky-filter-toggle-keys-windows-7/

    Though it is unlikely that a game install would modify these settings, I couldn't rule it out. It would be pretty easy to make something to do a simple registry edit that would cause either of your issues.

    If something has re-mapped your keys, here's an easy GUI to set them back to what they should be (or re-map them to do something else):

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/map-any-key-to-any-key-on-windows-xp-vista/

    Look for the link at the bottom of the article to download sharpkeys.
    Reply to ratedk
  4. ratedk said:
    tangfastico, Can you confirm that Sticky Keys & Filter Keys are not active?

    http://www.guidingtech.com/11438/enable-or-disable-sticky-filter-toggle-keys-windows-7/

    Though it is unlikely that a game install would modify these settings, I couldn't rule it out. It would be pretty easy to make something to do a simple registry edit that would cause either of your issues.

    If something has re-mapped your keys, here's an easy GUI to set them back to what they should be (or re-map them to do something else):

    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/map-any-key-to-any-key-on-windows-xp-vista/

    Look for the link at the bottom of the article to download sharpkeys.
    Reply to tangfastico
  5. alessa1982 said:
    I am at wit's end here. I'm not even sure what kind of problem this is but I have had no luck finding answers thus far. When I press my backspace, spacebar, and enter keys on my laptop, they do not function as they should. For example, enter opens up a new firefox window. spacebar pulls up my printer window or types a few letters. Backspace opens up a window for computer only, duplicate, extend, and projector only. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong here and how I might fix this? Nothing has been spilled on my laptop at any time. Thanks in advance. I really appreciate any ideas.


    Hi there! First of all, check out your problem with the Windows On Screen Keyboard.
    1.Open Start>Run> Type without Quotes: "osk" and press enter.
    2.Press those key's which were creating troubles and check those keys on the Osk.
    3. If the keys on Osk Works fine then there's a problem with your Keyboard and if the Osk is also facing the same problem then you might have to Format the System because some malwares attack the system drive and alters the behaviour of custom keys.

    See the below link to Know how to Format System.
    Thankyou.
    How to Format a Laptop
    When you purchase a laptop the manufacturer will do one of two things depending on their preference. They will include recovery software in the form of a cd or dvd, or they will load the recovery software onto a hidden partition on the hard drive.If during... Read More
    Reply to Suryansh Mishra
  6. Hi, i'm having a very similar issue. My keys will only let me use them once and then stop. If i want to backspace a whole word, it will only go back one letter or space, my arrows will only go one way as well. As well, my keys will not let me hit two at a time, only one. Its getting really frustrating, i'm a writer, i need a functioning keyboard.
    Reply to erinleigh
  7. erinleigh,

    I couldn't fix mine. I think the keyboard had just gone as it got worse and worse with more keys failing. Check sticky keys as mentioned above. Otherwise it may need a new keyboard fitted. Also, I don't know if it's possible, but there may be such a thing as a ketboard which will plug into a USB to use in the meantime or a wireless keyboard. Windows Access has a on screen keyboard, but that is rather tedious to use.
    Reply to tangfastico
  8. just got the same problem. My keys sometime work and then sometimes dont do anything. and the backspace is one move per touch. Hold down and it will only move1 space. Same with anykey too. OSK works fine. willdo a reinstal and getback and report

    Update: tried a suggestion for sticky keys and it worked as follows:
    . ("That's a Windows setting, not a Word setting. Go to Control Panel >
    Accessibility Options and turn off the Filter Keys option. Also click the
    Settings button for it and disable the shortcut (by default, holding down
    the right Shift key for 8 seconds turns it on). You should probably disable
    the other two accessibility options, too, to avoid unpleasant surprises.")
    saved my day as I didn't want to do a reinstal. :)
    Reply to crooked windows
  9. alessa1982 said:
    I am at wit's end here. I'm not even sure what kind of problem this is but I have had no luck finding answers thus far. When I press my backspace, spacebar, and enter keys on my laptop, they do not function as they should. For example, enter opens up a new firefox window. spacebar pulls up my printer window or types a few letters. Backspace opens up a window for computer only, duplicate, extend, and projector only. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong here and how I might fix this? Nothing has been spilled on my laptop at any time. Thanks in advance. I really appreciate any ideas.
    Reply to alluddin
  10. Thanks! My keyboard's "a" key was acting oddly. But I was bale to test to be sure it was the keyboard, not something internal. Using osk has allowed me to type this message correctly.
    Guess it's time to go to Dell and order a new keyboard.

    Suryansh Mishra said:
    alessa1982 said:
    I am at wit's end here. I'm not even sure what kind of problem this is but I have had no luck finding answers thus far. When I press my backspace, spacebar, and enter keys on my laptop, they do not function as they should. For example, enter opens up a new firefox window. spacebar pulls up my printer window or types a few letters. Backspace opens up a window for computer only, duplicate, extend, and projector only. Does anyone have any idea what might be wrong here and how I might fix this? Nothing has been spilled on my laptop at any time. Thanks in advance. I really appreciate any ideas.


    Hi there! First of all, check out your problem with the Windows On Screen Keyboard.
    1.Open Start>Run> Type without Quotes: "osk" and press enter.
    2.Press those key's which were creating troubles and check those keys on the Osk.
    3. If the keys on Osk Works fine then there's a problem with your Keyboard and if the Osk is also facing the same problem then you might have to Format the System because some malwares attack the system drive and alters the behaviour of custom keys.

    See the below link to Know how to Format System.
    Thankyou.
    Reply to chrisshorb
  11. You are a genius man, its working after I started working with OSP, thanks for your support.

    Whoevere facing any problem with keyboard issues, open OSP first and write onNotepad anything testing all keys with OSP, then you will see , your keys will start working without any problem.
    Reply to Kamal_2
  12. try to update your drivers and windows+Microsoft and check for any malware in your laptop by malware byte i suggest

    work for me ......
    Reply to Shivam_26
  13. ratedk said:
    That's just odd... Hold one of the offending keys down for 5-10 seconds... Is the problem solved?

    Sticky keys may have been turned on by mistake.
    Reply to Brittany_24
  14. I have troubles with how laptop I click space. But it types in cvx,m?> and backspace brighten up screen and makes my screen go full need help plez
    Reply to Brittany_24
  15. crooked windows said:
    just got the same problem. My keys sometime work and then sometimes dont do anything. and the backspace is one move per touch. Hold down and it will only move1 space. Same with anykey too. OSK works fine. willdo a reinstal and getback and report

    Update: tried a suggestion for sticky keys and it worked as follows:
    . ("That's a Windows setting, not a Word setting. Go to Control Panel >
    Accessibility Options and turn off the Filter Keys option. Also click the
    Settings button for it and disable the shortcut (by default, holding down
    the right Shift key for 8 seconds turns it on). You should probably disable
    the other two accessibility options, too, to avoid unpleasant surprises.")
    saved my day as I didn't want to do a reinstal. :)


    Thanks, this worked for me on a dell but I'm sure it doesnt matter what brand of laptop you have.
    Reply to 5Droid1King9
  16. ratedk said:
    That's just odd... Hold one of the offending keys down for 5-10 seconds... Is the problem solved?

    Sticky keys may have been turned on by mistake.

    This helped my problem, so thank for that!
    Reply to Desiree_6
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