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How to Fix a Keyboard Using Only Shortcuts

Is your keyboard suddenly working only with shortcuts ? If pressing any key opens the shortcut to “Windows+that key” happens to you and, for example, pressing the ‘U’ key opens up the Utility Manager, and you don’t know how to fix it, then keep reading.



The CTRL+ALT+P Solution

One way of dealing with a keyboard only using shortcuts is holding CTRL+ALT+P. If this doesn’t work for you, you should try the other solutions we found.

Windows Key is Physically Stuck

Holding the Windows key and pressing any other button does shortcuts for menus. In your case, the Windows key might be physically stuck down. Try to unblock it by moving it or pressing it.

Sticky Keys is Turned on

Sticky keys is a feature for Windows that helps people with disabilities or users who experience repetitive strain injury by reducing the movement associated with it. If this feature is turned on, then the modifier keys (CTRL, ALT, Windows key) will stay as if they are struck twice in a row. In this case, typing twice the Windows key might fix the issue.

Managing the Language Options

If none of the above works for you, you should consider following these simple steps that worked for some of our users:

  • Go to the Control panel.
  • Then go to the Regional and Language option.
  • Select Language Tab.
  • Then click on Details.
  • Set the default input language as English(US).
  • Select US in Installed Services in Keyboard.
  • Press Apply.
  • Restart your PC.


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