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Pressing Certain Keys/Letters Deletes Text

1. Registry Edit for Keyboard Layout

– Press Win+R, type *regedit* without the asterisks and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout

– Look for *Scancode Map* and delete it if present.

– Restart your computer.

2. Use Microsoft’s Keyboard Troubleshooter

– Download and run the Microsoft Easy Fix tool for keyboard issues. See if it gives you any errors or recommendations.

3. Check for Keyboard Macros

– If you’re using keyboard software for gaming keyboards or apps like AutoHotKey, check for any macros assigned to the keys that are deleting text. Maybe you set it up yourself a long time ago and you don’t remember or your friends are pranking you.

4. Check Keyboard Mode

Make sure you’re not in *Overtype* mode. Press the *Insert* key to toggle this off.

5. Keyboard Language

– Check that your keyboard language settings are correct. If it’s set to another language change it back to English or whatever language you’re normally using.

– Check Control Panel –> Clock, Language and Region –> Language

6. Sticky Keys

– Disable Sticky Keys if enabled.

– Go to Control Panel –> Ease of Access –> Change how your keyboard works

7. Test in Safe Mode

– Boot into Safe Mode to see if the problem is still there. To boot in Safe Mode press *Windows key* + the *R* key together and type *msconfig* in the prompt. Select the Boot Tab and check the Safe Boot box under the Boot options.

8. Restore Default Regional Settings

– Go to Control Panel –> Region –> Administrative –> Copy settings

– Check *Welcome screen and system accounts* and *New user accounts*

– Click OK and restart

9. Disable Filter Keys

– Go to Control Panel –> Ease of Access Center –> Make the keyboard easier to use

– Uncheck *Turn on Filter Keys*

10. Check USB Ports

– If using a USB keyboard, try different USB ports

– Update USB controller drivers in Device Manager

11. BIOS Update

– Check if there’s a BIOS update available for your motherboard.

12. Keyboard Layout in Non Unicode Programs

– Go to Control Panel –> Region –> Administrative –> Change system locale

– Make sure the correct language is selected for non Unicode programs

13. Use On Screen Keyboard

– Use the Windows on screen keyboard to test if it’s a software or hardware issue. Go to Settings –> Ease of Access –> Keyboard and turn on the Virtual Keyboard and try the letters or keys that are causing trouble again.

14. Keyboard Remapping Software

– Use software like SharpKeys or AutoHotkey to remap the keys that are misbehaving back to the letters and keys you want them to work. Even if this solution doesn’t fix the underlying problem you will at least have all your keys and letters working properly again without having to reinstall your OS.

15. Windows PowerShell Command

– Run PowerShell as administrator and type:

Get-WinUserLanguageList | Set-WinUserLanguageList -Force

16. System Restore

– Try a system restore to a point before the problem started. You can likely keep all of your programs if you either back it up first or you uncheck the delete all files option in the Windows System Restore utility.

17. Command Prompt Fix

– Open a Command Prompt window as an administrator

– Run: sfc /scannow

– If issues are found, run: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

18. Check for Conflicting Software

– Temporarily disable startup programs and services using the msconfig command in the search bar in Windows.

19. Reset Input Method Editor (IME)

– Go to Settings –> Time and Language –> Language

– Click on your language, then Options –> Remove then add it back

20. Keyboard Hardware Reset

– For laptops, remove the battery (if possible) and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Also try a CMOS reset if you know how to do that.

21. Event Viewer Check

– Open Event Viewer and check for any keyboard related errors in Windows Logs.

22. Create a New User Profile

– Create a new Windows user account and start the system into the new user profile to see if the issue is profile specific.

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