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Cannot remap the arrow keys in some games?

Q: Cannot remap the arrow keys in some games?

I have recently bought a new PC. It is a TINY package and truly does the bizz when it comes to running the latest games. The only problem I seem to be having is that in random games when I go to change my keyboard settings, I try to use the arrow keys for movement but when I press any of them it comes up as though I am pressing Shift? I first noticed the problem in Doom 3 but as the game doesn't have so many controls I just used WSAD.
It did happen in a couple of other games but not so many worth crying about until I bought Half-Life 2 the other day and it was working fine with the arrow keys until I loaded it up tonight and loaded a saved game and to my horror every time I pressed an arrow key to move it was as if I was pressing shift at the same time? So now I have had to remap all of my keyboard controls to a set that I am not comfy with and cannot enjoy the game properly. I have tried changing keyboards but that isn't the answer so can anyone help? Or has anyone had the same issue? I am sitting here mortified as Half-Life 2 is sitting there staring at me but I just cannot play it with controls I cannot use properly .

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I am used to using the hjkl keys as arrow keys on my home computer by using xmodmap to avoid moving from the home row. Is there any way on 'microsoft windows 8' to configure the hjkl keys to be used as arrow keys while a modifier key such as 'ctrl', 'alt' or 'meta' is held down?
The hjkl keys must still be able to function as normal when a modifier is not pressed.

Kind Regards,


A:remap meta + hjkl keys to arrow keys.

I would use Autohotkey.

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Arrows keys wont work in flash games were they are required to move the player. They work fine in other programs for scrolling for example. This is my daughters computer,a Dell inspiron 1521 w/ windows vista and AMD processor.

A:Arrow Keys dont work in Flash Games

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I used to always use CTRL + Shift + Arrow Key to highlight a whole word but now when I try CTRL + SHIFT + Arrow Key it changes one of my monitors screen orientation.

I have dual monitors if you are confused with the above statement.

I would like to know how to change it back to highlighting a word rather then changing the screen orientation.

This would be greatly appreciated.


A:Remap CTRL + SHIFT + Arrow Key

I suspect the problem is in video card related crapware from manufacturer.
You can try the following (for ATI cards):
1. Backup current installed driver with DriverBackup!
to a folder ABC.
2. Turn off your internet connection (unplug cable or shutdown wireless)
3. Uninstall all ATI video drivers and related stuff (Catalyst Control Center, other staff with ATI in the name, etc) through Control Panel Programs and Features.
Instead manually install driver - Control Panel - System - Device manager. You video card will be with small yellow triangle on it, Right click - Properties- Driver tab - Update Driver - Browse my computer for driver software - Browse to ABC folder (see 1). Click Next button.

Please let us know if it worked for you.

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please help
my escape key is not working

i want to remap my keys

please help

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I cannot stand having to hold the "Function" key plus the volume up F12 or down F11. I want to remap some keys to be a direct volume up and volume down. Thank you for the help!

A:How to remap the volume keys Help Please!!

Some laptops have the capability to make the FN key a sticky key; whereby, you would only have to press that once and then you could toggle between F11 and F12 as needed. Also, some laptops have an Instant Key function that may work for you:

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i have a keyboard with the additional number key pad. i was therefore thinking maybe there is a way to change to default of the regular number keys - above the letters - to act as they are pressed with the shift key.
what i mean is, can i change the default of my number keys, to be [email protected]#$%^&*()

i am running windows 7 home premium, on a toshiba laptop

thanks in advanced.

A:remap number keys

You can download AutoHotkey_L here:

It's free and works on Windows XP and later. For what you describe this script should work:

percent := "%"
See the Autohotkey forums for help with scripts. You can either run the script directly or it may be more convenient to "compile" it into an exe that has the interpreter packed in. That way you can run it on systems that do not have AHK installed. It's great for making little tray hotkey utilities.

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I have an ATC-705-UC52 and want to remap the Fn keys. I do not want to have to press the Fn key to adjust the sound volume (F7 and F8) or mute (F6) or put the computer to sleep.  Is there a way to remap them?

A:Remap the Fn keys on keyboard

Sorry, but Acer does not offer a utility or setting that can remap these function keys. There may be some third party software that will let you do it, but I do not know of any specific software for this.

Important Links: US Driver Downloads | Knowledge Base Articles | Service LocationsRemember to mark posts that resolved your issue with Accept as Solution.You can even mark multiple posts in a single thread. This will make it easier for others to find the same information.

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Hello there. Yesterday, I bought the Ideapad 310-15isk, and it's phenomenal in many aspects. However, I'm a bit bothered by the extensive keyboard this laptop has, most importantly, the pagination commands on the arrow keys. I've been meaning to find a solution to disable those and just make them work on the Numpad since it's really bothersome to type on and then go all the way back because of the return pagination key. Is there any solution for this to unbind those commands only on the arrow keys?

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Several days ago I noticed that these keys were having difficulty in responding when they were struck. Sometimes I had to press hard on the keys to get them to work until eventually they stop responding. I am wondering if it's a hardware or software problem. I used an external keyboard as well as the onscreen keyboard and they work fine. So should I replace the keyboard???......

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Hello,How can I get the home and end keys near the arrow keys on my keyboard without losing page up and page down?I'm a power screen reader user and use the home and end keys once every 5 minutes and I use the computer for around 9-10 hours a day.This means there is a whole lot of moving my hand from the arrow keys to the top of the keyboard. After a day of using my new laptop, my arm is starting to hurt from moving from the bottom to the top of the keyboard so much.What most manufacturers do is have fn+left be home and fn+right be end. They also have fn+up be page up and fn+down be page down. I would love this! Currently the page up and page down keys are right above the arrow keys. FN + page up and down being mapped to home and end would be great as well. I can't figure out how to map fn keystrokes using something like Auto Hot Key though. I would be OK with swapping the home and end keys with the page up and down keys, but I can't figure out how to do that either. Auto Hot Key does not work 100% of the time and I need this functionality 100% of the time.What method would be the best for me to get home and end by the arrow keys?

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I absolutely never use the fn functions on F8, F9 and F10 on my Flex 2 which are changing between apps like ctrl+tab does, turning off the screen and changing two monitor modes. I'd like to remap these three keys to previous, play/pause and next so I can control my music like I can on my E530. I tried using SharpKeys which thinks all these keys would be the left windows key and KeyTweak which thinks they'd be some random letters. Does anyone have an idea how I could get the keys I want?

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I've got a Satellite Pro nb10t, good machine but key map seems really bad for me, [Home] and [End] keys are really far away from arrows, [Tab] key really narrow, really slowing office working.

How can I remap keys, for example to set [Home] to [Fn]+[Up], and {End] to [Fn]+[Down] ?

Found Microsoft RemapKey, but does not process FN key.


A:How to remap FN keys on Satellite Pro nb10t

Depending on the settings ?special function key mode? you could use the function key (F key) with or without pressing the additional FN button.

Details here

The FN key seems to be an special Toshiba feature and I don?t think that you could remap the FN button.

However, you could try to install the Remapkey.exe which is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit. This remapkey should allow you to change the button functionality.

Also the 3rd party tool like autohotkey would be good enough to do this job.

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Hi, I am running 32 bit Vista on an Acer aspire laptop. Acer have placed a key on my laptop called 'P'. When pressed it loads up the launch manager and says I can assign a function to it. What I really want is to have a mute key and so this would seem ideal. However, the mute function on my laptop is fn + f8 and I really want to change it to the P button. Can I copy the shortcut or code used in the current shortcut across or into a program that can then be linked to P?

I know it isn't that vital but I'd really love it if someone could help me. I am doing Computer Science at Manchester University and can't think of how to do it. VB perhaps?


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I am wondering if there is a way to remap the Windows shortcut keys. A specific example is the [Win][E] opens Windows Explorer but I would like that key to open a different file manager. I have tried different key tweaking programs and the ones I have tried do not allow changing a combination of keys such as the Win key together with another key. I would like something that would also work in Windows XP.

A:Remap Windows shortcut keys?

I would guess that Windows bans any changes to the Win key, as it is THEIR key. I would think it would not be a huge problem if you are willing to use anther key such as ctrl or alt.


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All of Sudden Ctrl and arrow keys stopped working Rest of keys are working properly . 

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Hi guys,

I have an old keyboard but I like it and I don't want to change it.

This is it: Trust.com - Multimedia Keyboard KB-2100E

I want to remap the keys under the scroll to do something else.

They now have: Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V on them. I want to put another key combination to each one.

I tried hotkeyp but that only replaces ctrl+v ( the current combination in place ) etc with the new combination and I can't use ctrl+v anymore. I need those hotkeys to be available all the time, so to start and stop hotkeyp is not an option.

Any answer that could help me would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

LE: Those old drivers don't help me because they don't fully work on win 7.

A:Software to remap keyboard keys from scratch

Have you tried RandyRants: SharpKeys 2.1.1 ?

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I inadvertantly switched on sticky keys. I have since switched it off but my backspace, arrow keys and Fn keys no longer work

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Hi (hello world) I have a "new" HP Elitebook 8540w laptop with windows 10 Pro 64bits with a latest bios/uefi i have installed the HP Quick Launcher software (http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=ob_84862_3&swEnvOid=4059) for my laptop the quick keys (touch sens keys in the top of the keyboard) works ok except the Quickweb and Quicklook quicklook launch this warning window: http://wstaw.org/m/2016/11/16/IMG_20161116_012648.jpg and quickweb launch the file browser  if uninstall HP Quick Launcher sofware. both buttons launch the web browser (chromium in my case, one for web, and other for gmail) but the rest of fn+keys don't work  i have tested the newer version of HP quick launcher (http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?swItemId=ob_87706_3) and http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5212910&swItemId=ob_150949_1&swEnvOid=419... suggested by http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/I-need-a-Quick-Launch-buttons-d... any help for remaping QuickWeb and QucikLook keys?  the HP Quick Launcher options only show this: http://wstaw.org/m/2016/11/16/IMG_20161116_015857.jpg and this http://wstaw.org/m/2016/11/16/IMG_20161116_015913.jpg  greetings

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Well I just learned something today....from all people my son. While playing video's from youtube, you can use your keyboards arrow keys to move the video in 30 second intervals forward and backwards with the left and right arrows. The up and down arrows work the volume. I never knew.

A:arrow keys

K pauses and plays
m mutes...
C for captions

But since this is not a technical request, perhaps this should be moved to the random discussion forum?

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Recently downloaded a game (wrestling encore) when i get in game the arrow keys keep moving me in a top left direction when I am not pressing it, does the same in menu, what can i do to fix it?

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When I try to type with WASD I can only use those letters by using my arrow keys

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So, a few months ago, I got a brand new HP computer(with windows 8, if that helps). I've never had any problems, except for one time when it screwed up the time somehow, but anyways; The up and down arrow keys don't work. At all. They don't scroll, they don't move anything up and down, nothing. Not the normal arrow keys or the keys on the number pad. They've only done this for a little while, a few days maybe. On day they worked fine, the next, nothing. I don't really think it's the keyboard itself, because on the number pad, 8 and 2 work fine. just not as arrow keys. Yes, I tried pressing num lock. Nothing. Along with that, I attempted to see if the up and down keys worked with the on screen keyboard- Still nothing. The left and right keys work totally fine. I don't know what to do, and this it /really/ frustrating. Please help! 

A:Up and Down Arrow Keys Don't Work

Hell DesiMarie,Welcome to the HP Forums.I see that your up and down arrow keys aren't working correctly. I will try to help you with this.To start could you please provide the Model and Product number of your computer?    How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?From there, take a look at this document to see if it's able to help you out: Notebook Keyboard Troubleshooting (Windows 7). Please let me know how this goes. Thank you for posting on the HP Forums.

I worked on behalf of HP.

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It's school report writing time and I've been sent a Word document to use as a template to write reports in.

The many different areas are text boxes. If I try to use the arrow keys or home/end buttons when I'm editing, the cursor jumps to another box above and will not return unless I click the cursor there. It's driving me nuts!

Any idea what's happening and how I could stop it?

Oh, and I'm using Word Professional 2003 in case that matters.


A:Misbehaving arrow keys

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I need to send the down arrow key (vbKeyDown) to Word to enter text into a graph on a page, but when I do a typetext vbKeyDown & "Message" the character code for the down arrow key (40) is displayed followed by "Message" (which is obviously not what I am trying to get) <G>.

A:Solved: Arrow Keys...

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my daughter spilled drink on my laptop last night, wiped it up immediately. gave it plenty of time to dry out and restarted it. it beeps a lot and stays at the "press f2 for bios" screen for a really long time. my semantics touch pad randomly turns off and when i'm typing the cursor hops around the form and i have to keep moving it back to the end of the sentence. other than that it's completely functional.

are there any easy remedied for this? it's really annoying.

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My four arrow and delete keys have stopped working on my Lenovo V570 laptop (Win 7). The arrow keys still work if I press Fn + arrow, but not alone. I have searched but came up with nothing. Any ideas?

A:Arrow Keys Not Working

1. Have you tried them in multiple applications? (some game updates will remap arrow keys to WASD within the game)
2. Lennovo driver site and re-install the latest keyboard and hotkey drivers

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Hello, I recently corrected an issue with our software where when run on Vista, the address fields would be displayed backwards. The software is written in a Visual RPG product, and the offending fields had the RightToLeft Property set to True. This should only have had an effect on the IO field if a language pack such as Japanese was installed - at least this is the case on XP, which displayed the address correctly. Changing the property to false corrected the backwards address. I am now finding that the arrow keys behave backwards - right arrow key goes left, left arrow key goes right. Even the space bar seems to misbehave in these fields. I have compared similar fileds on the same UI that do not exhibit this behaivor, and do not see any other differences. I have tried to delete the text, update the database, and re-add it to no avail. A search of this forum and Google have not revealed anything helpful. Can anyone offer a suggestion? Thanks!

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I have done something (unknown) that has stopped they arrrow keys from working. I have tried resetting the BIOS to default but this has not solved the problem.

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I use those keys a lot and I dislike having to press two keys to change the windows. I want to know if there is a way to remap them to one button? (I was thinking of the F9 to F12 keys)

A:Changing the Win+Arrow Keys?

Try this:
Change / Modify / Reassign the Keys or Buttons of a Keyboard in Windows - TechieChips - Keytweak doesn?t support multiple keys in one keystroke

AutoHotkey - Free Mouse and Keyboard Macro Program with Hotkeys and AutoText - this is the one you are looking for I suppose

Hope this helps, cheers

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I have Leneovo U41-70 with windows 8 and delete key and all arrow keys not working. When i press arow keys its showing uo8k, please help me.

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When I scroll through my subfolders using explorer on the left hand side, it doesn't automatically display the contents on the right unless I use my cursor to manually select the folder, not just by scrolling up or down (right to left work to expand and contract folders). annonying. Ive tried the folder properties bar.


A:sub folder viewing using arrow keys

Hello windows7mp,

Welcome to 7 Forums.

You can hit enter to open the highlighted folder on the right.

Hope this helps.


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Just got a HP Chromebook 14.  I've had an Acer but wanted a bigger screen. Okay, so first of all - there's no "Delete" key but what can you do?The real issue is that I can't use the arrow keys to navigate text when I'm typing - kind of necessary when there's no Delete key. When I hit arrow right, instead of moving right it opens a bunch of windows.When I hit left arrow I get : qerwiuPO - the cursor doesn't moveArrow down worksArrow up works Any ideas?  TIA

A:Chromebook 14 Keyboard Arrow Keys

Hello, @peterbrown77 Welcome to the HP Forums.I see that you have some questions and issue with  your Chromebook. I will try to assist you with this. Here are some documents that should help: Frequently asked questions about your HP Chromebook or ChromeboxAdjusting Touchpad and Keyboard Settings on Your HP Chromebook (Chrome OS)Keyboard featuresAs for the delete key, I found this article: Delete Key on Chromebook - browsernative.com, it provides and alternative.Thank you for posting on the HP Forums.

I worked on behalf of HP.

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I am running windows XP with ms office 2003. Both the horizontal and vertical arrow keys used to work in excel but now the vertical arrow keys do not work. I have a logitech access keyboard, the vertical arrow keys work with the menu lists of other applications. Thanks for any information.

A:arrow keys in Excel 2003

Check if

Scroll Lock is on
Windows/Freeze Panes is on
(Windows/Freeze Panes should be a menu option used to divide a worksheet into 1 fixed, 2 partially mobile and 1 mobile part. Might be a bad translation, I don't know how it is called in English Excel.)

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I have a weird problem with my Windows 7 box. Inside any text editor (be it Notepad or Visual Studio or whatever), I find that my arrow key's scroll speed is not as rapid as in my other colleagues PCs. If I hold down the down/up key, the cursor moves down
or up at a pace that is a *lot* slower than what I see on other similar Windows PCs.
What settings control this?

A:Arrow keys scroll speed

Problem was the KVM switch through which my kbd was connected to my PC. Removing that and directly connecting to my PC solved the issue.

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How to use arrow keys as Page up/down and Home/End on HP Envy Spectre keyboard?

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as the title says my wasd and arrow keys have been switched ive tried the hold FN key and w thing but it dint work
ideas but much appreciated

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Since one of the latest Windows 10 updates, my arrow keys have stopped working properly.  Seems the only ones that function as they should is the up and left arrow key.  The right and down arrows do do nothing.  I use these keys the most while working in MS excel.   I know this is an old laptop but is still working fine for me.  Can you recommend a driver for this? Many thanks! 

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I have just bought a new Studio 15 laptop from dell and i have had it for about a month now and when i try to play a game online my left arrow key is stuck and my character is constantly going left. Any help?

A:Laptop Arrow keys not working!!!!

Quote: Originally Posted by TheRandomSyd

I have just bought a new Studio 15 laptop from dell and i have had it for about a month now and when i try to play a game online my left arrow key is stuck and my character is constantly going left. Any help?


Does it work at all?

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How do I get the scroll (arrow) keys to scroll on web pages? I cleaned my keyboard by wiping with a rag and since the functions of the arrow keys have not worked properly?  what can i do to restore the scroll functions of these keys?

A:Using the arrow keys on my laptop to scroll

I have the same problem. have you found the solution?Thanks, Anil

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Hello everyone..

The "e" key and arrow keys (not sure if there are others yet) are working intermittently. I either have to a) reboot the computer only to have it stop working again later, or b) wait for it to start working again on its own.

The odd thing about this is that it doesn't matter if i use the laptop keyboard, the wireless keyboard, or even the on screen keyboard. the e and arrow keys will stop working and then begin to work again on their own after about 30 minutes or so.

I have an HP dv-6 laptop and am using an HP wireless elite keyboard.

How can i solve this issue?


A:E key and arrow keys working intermittently

Unusual problem you've got there. Have you gone to the HP website and check that you have all the newest drivers for your specific machine?

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I can't figure out how to use the alternate arrow key function as Page up/down, home, end.  Shift key does not work nor Ctrl or Alt shift key.  Nothing mentioned in user guide either.  Any help appreciated.

A:How to use arrow keys as Page up/down and Home/End on HP Env...

Hi, This is for a standard keyboard:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_keyboard Regards.

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The left and right arrow keys on my VisionBook MDG laptop (XP operating system) are no longer working properly. After tapping multitudinous times they will start working again. But the problem has become so bad I now use the mouse to move my cursor, even it only needs to be moved a few spaces. For some reason the machine is not immediately recognizing input from these keys. The problem is intermittent: sometimes they work just fine.

I first suspected dirt under the keys, and shot compressed air under them. But this had no effect whatsoever.

The problem does not exist in the up/down keys, nor in the backspace or delete keys, nor any other keys on the keyboard.

The machine is only a year or so old, so if the hardware is breaking down or corrosion is an issue, I would be very surprised.

I sure would appreciate it if anyone could offer me a solution to this problem.

Thank you,

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A while ago, my Windows Logo Keys +Arrow Keys stopped working.
Specifically the following:
Windows logo key +Up Arrow Maximize the window.
Windows logo key +Left Arrow Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Right Arrow Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.
Windows logo key +Down Arrow Minimize the window.

What I've been searching for is a way to get them back.
Any help on this is welcome as the seacrh has been going badly for seveal months!

I have been through several attempts, but with no results to show.
At first this wasn't as important as just getting to know Win7, but now I am trying to do things that couls really use this feature.

A:Windows Logo Key + Arrow Keys

Welcome to Seven Forums cimofj2. Do the various keys work individually? Does the window key by itself bring up the start menu? Does the down arrow scroll down? Etc.

If they work individually, on laptops, sometimes pressing the fn key or the F7 key can disable/enable certain functions. I would try pressing the fn key and see if that restores the functions. A Guy

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I've installed Windows 10 32-bit in my Compaq 6510b through an upgrade from Windows 7. Everything works fine, except down & left arrow keys. How can this be fixed? I can't find windows 10 drivers for this notebook.Thanks!

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