Enter key not working

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by pmakker, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. pmakker macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    Need some help here...All of a sudden my "Enter" key next to my space bar (Macbook Pro Santa Rosa) stopped working in OS X. However it still works in boot camp. This is annoying to me because I primarily use that key instead of the main return key. OS X doesn't seem to recognize me pushing this key at all. Even if I go to keyboard shortcuts and try to change any random thing to the enter key, nothing happens when I press that enter. It is as if it doesn't even know I'm pushing anything.

    Please help:confused:
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Have you popped the key off and cleaned under it? Maybe try some compressed air first. Was anything spilled on it?
  3. macmaster4848 macrumors newbie


    Dec 18, 2009
    He said the key worked in bootcamp, read posts more carefully before replying.
  4. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    I know the keyboards vary around the world but I've yet to see an enter/return key next to the space bar.
    Command/apple key is either side and option/alt next.

    Check the System prefs > Keyboard > modifier keys > drop down list.

    Have you installed software to change the command or option/alt keys into the windows key?
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Here's another constructive suggestion:

    It's not found in your User path,
    just Library / Preferences

    Maybe it's corrupt. (?) Won't hurt to find out, but don't delete it, just in case. Move it to the Desktop. (You can always put it back.) You might have to Restart to create a new one.
  6. bocciaman macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Enter key on full Mac keyboard not working

    I had this problem where the "Enter" key on my numeric pad on my full, wired Mac keyboard wouldn't respond. So I did some searching and found it was related to a program called DoubleCommand, which made that single "Enter key into a "Command" key.

    I re-mapped it and it finally worked.
  7. drunkskeeterpilot macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2015
    If you're asking in the context of certain programs like TextWrangler specifically, that one has a preference to make Enter key produce a Return stroke. The Return and Enter keys are different on MAC than on Windows full keyboards, which see them both as the same key -- Enter (return).
  8. greenvomit8 macrumors newbie


    Mar 18, 2012
    Thank you drunkskeeterpilot for steering me in the right path.
    I was having the same problem where the enter key on my USB extended keyboard would not register for Mac OS but would for VMWare Fusion Vms.
    Text Wrangler default preference "Enter key generates Return" was disabled.
    Enabling this preference restored the use of my enter key for mac OS.

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