MacBook Pro number keys producing odd characters?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hooneyrob, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Hi everybody, hope someone might be able to help.

    My MacBook Pro (running Lion) is producing odd characters when I use the number keys. They almost look like shortcuts as the option character appears and also when I hit some of the keys, the MacBook behaves as if I'm using one of the Function keys..

    I've clicked on keyboard settings and 'reset to default' but the issue remains.

    Thanks, Rob.
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Have you tried hitting the option or fn key a couple times? I've noticed that occasionally these get "stuck" and tapping them a few times frees them up.
  3. macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009

    I had this problem & it drove me mad!! I finally figured out what it was - go to:

    Preferences > Universal Access & turn "Sticky Keys" to Off!


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