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Keyboard stops working after switching Spaces in Mac OS X

:: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 @ 5:23:48 pm

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This was driving me crazy because I’m 100% a keyboard shortcuts person. After switching Spaces using the keyboard in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (I have my shortcuts set to Control-Left Arrow and Control-Right Arrow), my keyboard might stop working. I knew it was a software issue because I use Teleport to control another machine from my main machine; during keyboard outages, if I moved the mouse over to the other machine, the keyboard would work over there.

I did some Googling and discovered that it is the Dock process that is causing the problem. Go to Applications->Utilities->Activity Monitor (you’ll have to use the mouse, unfortunately) and quit the “Dock” process. The Dock will relaunch itself and your keyboard will be working again.

| San Francisco, CA | link | trackback | Dec 22, 2009 17:23:48
  • EggRollMonster

    Eric,

    See link for a picture of the Steve Irwin Boat:

    http://pic.green.sohu.com/grou.....;p=1663408

    Translation by Google:

    War of whale protection (should be Whale Wars): In the cable channel “Animal Planet” broadcast of “War of whale protection(should be Whale Wars),” has now been broadcast to the second quarter (should be season 2) of this program featuring the “Steve Irwin” boat (on the picture was taken in December 2007 5, Melbourne, Australia) the story, the story shows how the number of individuals to solve their own problems. Crew search and harass whaling often increase the cost of whalers, as the captain said, “to save the lives of many whales.”

    Merry Christmas!

  • Mak

    I have the same problem. I created an automater executable for the following command: killall -9 Dock

    I just put in my app folder but you can leave it in the dock. Simple fix for when this happens (one click instead of navigating to the Activity Monitor). Hopefully 10.6.3 will take care of this….

  • http://www.justinfreid.com Justin Feid

    I’m sort of relieved someone else had this problem. I’m able to reliably reproduce the behavior by plugging in my iPhone to launch iTunes in its default space. The forced switch to iTunes’ space causes Dock to somehow lockout the keyboard. I used a symbolic link to the command instead of Automater to accomplish the same as Erik and Mak.

  • Jim Ratliff

    I've had the keyboard stop working when I did a fast-user-switch. I'll have to try this approach the next time that happens, just in case the causes are similar. (My workaround has been to use the mouse and go to the upper right-hand corner of the screen and choose Login Window.)

  • kr

    Thanks

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