Command keys

Discussion in 'iMac' started by kenglade07, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. kenglade07 macrumors member

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    Is there anyone who can tell me why my command keys are not working on my new iMac running 10.9?

    Specifically:

    Command N is =not=opening a new document

    Command C is =not= copying

    Command V is =not= pasting

    To open a new document I have to got to File>Open new document
    To copy and paste i have to right click with my mouse

    I have not been able to find solutions on the web. Surely, I can't be the only one with these issues.
     
  2. chabig macrumors 601

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    Maybe the left command key is broken. Try the right one.
     
  3. kenglade07 thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope. Get the same response with the right command key. When i use command C I get a lower case letter C with a squiggly attached. French?
     
  4. hfg macrumors 68040

    hfg

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    You might check SystemPreferences/Keyboard, Keyboard tab and hit ModifierKeys button. Make sure all entries are correct ... or simply press the "Restore Defaults" button.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Yes, the C with the "squiggly" is what you get pressing Option/alt-c.
    Are you sure you are pressing the command key, and not Option/alt?

    This could also happen as the default, if you are not using the Apple keyboard, but using a Windows keyboard (with a Windows key). The command key on a Windows keyboard would be the Windows key, unless you do change it in the settings.
     
  6. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

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    Is it a second hand Mac? Someone may have changed the keys functionality, especially if they were a windows user. You can change it in the settings.
     
  7. kenglade07 thread starter macrumors member

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    yep, i tried that, too. First, I tried setting up some keys in Keyboard>Shortcut>services but they didn't work. So I restored defaults and that had no effect.

    I'm totally stumped. Guess i'll just have to learn to live with it.

    Thanks for your suggestions.
     
  8. DeltaMac macrumors G3

    DeltaMac

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    So… Are you using an Apple-brand keyboard - or some other brand?

    If the "Restore Defaults" did not change anything, you could also swap the modifier keys in that same Keyboard/Modifier Keys pane.
    (You really don't have to "learn to live with it" - it's incorrect key response, so fix it!)
    You should also try your Keyboard & Character Viewer to check if the keyboard keys are mechanically working OK. You can get that in your Language & Text pane/Input Sources tab.
     
  9. hfg macrumors 68040

    hfg

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    If you create a new user for testing ... does that user account also have the keyboard issues?

    If not, it is in your personal environment.

    If so, you might want to do a system restore to reload OS X (be sure you have a current backup first).
     

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