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Tab key on the keyboard not working

by tomag / January 23, 2004 9:52 AM PST

I just discovered that my tab key on the keyboard is not working. Would that be the fault of the keyboard, or the computer, or what? I use Win98SE, HP 6630 Pavillion. Any suggestions? Thanks,Tom

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Re:Tab key on the keyboard not working
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2004 11:14 AM PST

Try this.

Press and hold the Alt-key Press 0 0 9 (zero zero nine) on the numeric pad then release the Alt-key. This is the alternate method of getting a TAB character and how I test to see if it's just a bum keyboard.

Bob

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Re:Tab key on the keyboard not working
by pkraja1 / February 4, 2010 4:22 AM PST

That worked for me - how on earth would you have known to do that?

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The reason is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 4, 2010 4:44 AM PST
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A Tab is also Ctrl-I
by ChuckT / February 4, 2010 9:16 AM PST

The Tab key is one of the few that have very easy other key-presses, as well.
You could just press the Ctrl+I (hold down the Ctrl key and then press the letter "I"

And along with the aforementioned Alt(keypad)009 you don't have to enter two leading zeros, just one is enough, as in Alt(keypad)09

You need to have at least one leading (keypad) zero, else the special codes for special characters will be entered.

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Re:Tab key on the keyboard not working
by Willy / January 23, 2004 11:41 AM PST

Keys do go bad, they're not likely to recover. If you want to fix it, I suggest a quick spray of silicone based lube. However, that may not work as some are "sealed" so its just a last resort type of thing. The real fix, is to replace and cost isn't that bad for a typical kybd..

good luck -----Willy

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