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    While I am typing something fairly lengthy, occasionally a message pops up asking if I want to go into some mode, where I don't type. When I see it, my answer is always no However on occasion I am busy typing without looking at the screen. If this message pops up and I don't check no, it assumes a yes answer and locks the keyboard. How can I get the keyboard back? Whenever it happens, the only recourse I know about is do a restart, which is a nuisance.


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    What application are you using for typing and what are the exact words the popup is prompting you to accept?


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    I am typing on the keyboard, such as what I am doing right now to enter a post. I don't remember the exact words of the message. It occurs when I am writing a mathematical expression using Latex and the computer thinks I am having a problem, because I stop to think.
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    Ah sorry, hopefully someone else will be able to chime in with the info you’ve provided.

    For me to have a better understanding I’d need to know which Windows Operating System you’re using, or if it’s a Mac. Also which application you use for Latex.

    Popup message can come from the Operating System or the application you’re using. Once you can identify the source of the popup it’s usually possible to disable them permanently.

    If I was to know the exact words of the popup message I could be able to google the message and get a clearer picture of the entire problem.
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    The operating systems are Windows 7 and 10 (2 machines), not MAC. I am not sure what you mean by application. In any case it happens when posting. The browser is Avant (in Firefox mode).
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    The operating systems are Windows 7 and 10 (2 machines), not MAC. I am not sure what you mean by application. In any case it happens when posting. The browser is Avant (in Firefox mode).
    I think he means what program you are in when it happens.Outlook? Some mail program? Is it a mathematics program?
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    Programs where it happens are mathematics stack exchange (mostly) or my math forum.
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    To me (with admittedly little expertise) that sounds more like a website than a program.

    Maybe the site has a program installed on it and it is sending you popup messages??(but that shouldn't disable your keyboard)

    Some websites have LatTex installed on them I think.
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    My wife's laptop is experiencing keyboard problems.....enter key and # keys on num lock side won't work. Seems since Windows 10 downloaded that it's been a problem. When I check keyboard device events it says keyboard was migrated 19 Nov when issue showed up. Not sure what to do next. I'm thinking reset to Nov 18 but I've never done anything like that before,
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    When troubleshooting laptops, usually there’s others like yourself with the exact issue so if you google/search for the specific model of your laptop and include “numpad isn’t working” + “windows 10” you could find some solutions. Make sure to include the laptop model and not just the brand name such as Dell.

    As a temporary workaround you could turn on the onscreen keyboard. The first minute of this clip will show you how:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6_WPU_Ff_w

    Not the best workaround but will help if your blocked from typing numbers.
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    message: Do you want to turn on filter keys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathman View Post
    message: Do you want to turn on filter keys?
    Have seen that button but no idea what it’s for. Computer lingo not my forte. Wish they’d use normal language. Just realized that millennials and future gens will need to be bilingual with one language being computer.
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    "filter keys" is a Windows option.
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    As much as I can figure, numpad problem began when Windows 10 installed in November. It says keyboard was migrated but I wonder if her laptop, it’s an Acer, isn’t compatible. Hopefully, if others are experiencing same then fix is coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    As much as I can figure, numpad problem began when Windows 10 installed in November. It says keyboard was migrated but I wonder if her laptop, it’s an Acer, isn’t compatible. Hopefully, if others are experiencing same then fix is coming.
    My problem had to do with "filter keys", a Windows option. It ddoesn't seem to be related to your problem.
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