Broken keys after Change Windows Shortcuts


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Hey.

Today I had the ..... inspiration to change one windows shortcut that i use ,
to an easier one. The shortcut Win+; , has a distance of 9 keys at keyboard and requires 2 hands or ...1 big.
After a search i found that powertoys app can do that.
I downloaded , i change it , and it works. But it works only if the powertoys running. I you closed you go to default shortcut.

Next , i look for another app. I found the "SharpKeys". I downloaded and i tested it. Negative , Any change dont work.
In addition it broke powertoys's new ,worked, shortcut.

I uninstalled "SharpKeys" , reboot. Powertoys still broken.
I uninstalled powertoys , reboot. I reinstalled powertoys , create the new shortcut , and it works.
But now i have destroyed at least one key (or keys) for now : ? key not shows ? or /. In all cases shows only - !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Right now i can input / and ? only with ........ touch keyboard.

So now :
1) I have to fix the keyboard.
2) It will be good to restore the default sortcuts-keyboard-hotkeys , as i can tested at once.
3) I have to find another way to change the default shortcut , without programs run at background or create problems.
Any thoughts ?

Thanks.

(ps: i you think to use both of 2 programs , think it very good , and create restore points and image backups).
 
Windows Build/Version
Win 11 pro 22361.374

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
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    HP Pavilion 17 cd2205nw
    CPU
    Intel 113700H
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3050 ti
    Screen Resolution
    1980x1020
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    Micron 512GB
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    Logitech
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    100Mbs
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    Vivaldi , Edge
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    Norton Plus
First and foremost, maybe try reinstalling Sharp Keys and seeing if there is a reset to default option in there, to revert your attempts to customize the shortcuts in Sharp Keys.

As for Power Toys - I use it and have it running all the time, but because it has soooooo many utilities that I use:

  • Awake
  • Powertoys Run
  • Quick Accent
  • Shortcut guide
  • Image Resizer
  • Registry Preview
  • Screen Ruler
I have to have Awake - my monitors, unfortunately, have a nasty habit of going into sleep mode if the computer is unattended for a good period of time, and once they do, it sometimes is impossible to wake them back up - so I instead have awake running to prevent Windows from accidentally trying to put the monitors to sleep mode, and manually power off the monitors.

Quick accent is a godsend - so much easier to put not just things like letters with diacritical marks, but also direct access to superscript numbers, etc, without having to open charmap.

Registry Preview is a godsend for importing any of a number of reg entries from here for customization purposes, without having it automatically apply and me not knowing what is going on.

The rest are there if I need them - and this is a pared down list, I used to have a lot more of the powertoys always on as well.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
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    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
First and foremost, maybe try reinstalling Sharp Keys and seeing if there is a reset to default option in there, to revert your attempts to customize the shortcuts in Sharp Keys.

As for Power Toys - I use it and have it running all the time, but because it has soooooo many utilities that I use:

  • Awake
  • Powertoys Run
  • Quick Accent
  • Shortcut guide
  • Image Resizer
  • Registry Preview
  • Screen Ruler
I have to have Awake - my monitors, unfortunately, have a nasty habit of going into sleep mode if the computer is unattended for a good period of time, and once they do, it sometimes is impossible to wake them back up - so I instead have awake running to prevent Windows from accidentally trying to put the monitors to sleep mode, and manually power off the monitors.

Quick accent is a godsend - so much easier to put not just things like letters with diacritical marks, but also direct access to superscript numbers, etc, without having to open charmap.

Registry Preview is a godsend for importing any of a number of reg entries from here for customization purposes, without having it automatically apply and me not knowing what is going on.

The rest are there if I need them - and this is a pared down list, I used to have a lot more of the powertoys always on as well.

After 12 hours with trying solutions , nothing works. After the crash of keys the key ?/ and numpad's - was the same key.
I did online keyboard tests and reinstall powertoys and both shows they are the "same" key.
Finally , i restore from image back , i lost 20 days of work but now i can type ? and /.
Powertoys never again for me.

Thanks.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 17 cd2205nw
    CPU
    Intel 113700H
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA RTX 3050 ti
    Screen Resolution
    1980x1020
    Hard Drives
    Micron 512GB
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    100Mbs
    Browser
    Vivaldi , Edge
    Antivirus
    Norton Plus
I wonder if they messed up Scancode Map in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout?

Whatever the case, Autohotkey is the way.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
The issue likely stemmed from something in the second app you tried, not powertoys.

Glad you got it working again.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
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