Keyboards

Why is my browser typing strange text?

Episode 1450

Jeff from Apple Valley, CA
Laptop keyboard

Jeff is getting strange random key strokes appearing in his browser bar. Leo says to try a different browser. Windows comes with both Edge and Internet Explorer. If it happens in both browsers, it could be a failing keyboard. Jeff should unplug his keyboard and try a new one. If he still has the issue, then it's a Windows problem, which could be malware or a browser hijack. He could try resetting his browser first. If that solves the problem, then he's fine. If not, then it may be that he'll need to reinstall Windows from a known good source.

Is the Tap Wearable Keyboard a good idea?

Episode 1447

Josh from Austin, TX
TAP Wearable Keyboard

Josh has discovered a crazy new keyboard interface called the TAP Wearable Keyboard. Leo says that it allows you to turn any surface into a keyboard, but you have to completely relearn how to type to use it. It's just available for preorder also, so it hasn't hit the market yet. Leo says this is a category that's going to blow up in the near future. It has an accelerometer built into it to read the movement of your fingers. But this is a very inconvenient way to type for those who have been typing for years.

How can I keep number lock on permanently?

Episode 1438

Ben from Orange, CA
Laptop Keyboard

Ben says that his arrow keys can be used as numbers but he has to keep changing it so it will continue to work that way. Leo says he'll have to change the num lock setting in his BIOS/System setup. He can enable the num lock to be on when he boots up. Keyboard mapping is all done in software. There's a good app called AutoHotKey that can also work because it uses Keyboard mapping.

What's a good mini Bluetooth keyboard?

Episode 1422

Greg from Minnesota
Rii i8+

Greg is locked into using an old phone because his skin is too dry to use a touch screen. Is there a smartphone that has raised keys anymore? Leo says Greg could use a standard Bluetooth keyboard with any smartphone and that would solve a lot of his problem. Leo recommends the Aerb wireless keyboard at Amazon. It has a trackpad with it, and is only the size of a game controller. The RII i28 is another one.

Can I fix my laptop's keyboard?

Episode 1411

Carrie from Hermosa Beach, CA
Laptop Keyboard

Carrie turned on her laptop and a few of her keys don't work anymore, so she can't log in. Leo says that may indicate that her keyboard is dead or that those keys have broken. The good news is that she can plug in a USB keyboard and use it that way. She could also pry up the key caps on her laptop keyboard and see if there's some dirt or lint in them. That can easily cause a lack of connection between the keys above and below. Canned air will get rid of all that.

Why is my browser typing strange text?

Episode 1398

Jeff from Apple Valley, CA
Keyboard

Jeff is getting strange random key strokes appearing in his browser bar. Leo says to try a different browser. Windows comes with both Edge and Internet Explorer. If it happens in both browsers, it could be a failing keyboard. Jeff should unplug his keyboard and try a new one. If he still has the issue, then it's a Windows problem, which could be malware or a browser hijack. He could try resetting his browser first. If that solves the problem, then he's fine. If not, then it may be that he'll need to reinstall Windows from a known good source.

What is a good keyboard for my Android phone?

Episode 1332

Mark from Santa Ana, CA
Targus Bluetooth Keyboard

Mark wants to get a keyboard for his Android phone. Leo says that any Bluetooth keyboard will work with either Android or iOS. If he wanted to use a wired keyboard, his phone needs to support USB to Go and he would need a special connector. It's a lot easier to go with Bluetooth. Targus makes a good fold up one.

He would also like a report to see what files have been deleted from Carbonite. Leo says that Carbonite won't delete files unless he deletes them locally, which is why they give 30 days to restore them. A backup isn't a backup if he deletes the original.