Spacebar not working

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by jobuko, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    I don't know what happened but my spacebar suddenly stopped working. Doesn't work on InDesign and also illustrator, haven't tried on other programs but pretty sure doesn't work on them either. It was working fine a few minutes before and boom! stopped working. I mainly use this for quick hand tool/zoom-in&out and this is very irritating that I have to actually have to click on buttons.

    This has happened to me before but I think it went out away when I restarted the computer or the program. Restarting didn't help at all this time. Someone please help!!!!!

    I use iMac 10.5.8 and it usually works great.
  2. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Interesting. Other than the obvious (try another keyboard if possible), make sure none of your Accessibility functions accidentally got enabled. Also make sure you didn't accidentally switch languages, although I doubt that will cause your space bar from working.

    If none of that works, we need to determine if this is a hardware or software issue. Try the keyboard on another computer (again, if possible) or restart your Mac holding down Command+S, even after the chime. This will eventually boot your Mac into a command prompt mode. Check to see if the space bar works there. (To exit this mode, type the word "reboot" and press Enter.)

  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
    Do you have firefox open when this happens?

    (If so, try quitting out of firefox and testing to see if the problem persists)

  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    THANKS SO MUCH! I quit firefox and BOOM! it's back to normal again! That's so weird, I always have my firefox open but this never happened to me before. Now I can be more productive, thanks again both :)

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