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Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

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Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and I use the keyboard a lot to scroll and copy from the browser. Neither of these things are working. Hitting the keys that usually control scroll does nothing and hitting ctrl-c whilst text is selected has no effect. I can enter text into form fields (obviously Smiley Happy ) but I can't tab between them.

I have googled this and keep coming up with it being an issue with caret browsing being enabled. Toggling caret browsing does not help me.

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

Try starting Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to see if it is one of your addons. I was having similar issues and it turned out to be the Delicious addon.

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

Try starting Firefox in Troubleshoot Firefox issues using Safe Mode to see if it is one of your addons. I was having similar issues and it turned out to be the Delicious addon.

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

Yeah, you're right, thanks. In safe mode there is no issue. Disabling the Delicious extension got rid of it when running normally. I haven't used the delicious plug in for a while so I might just leave it disabled, unless you know how to fix the issue and still use Delicious?

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

confirmed, this is delicious addon. Something broke last update for them. (tested on 10.04 LTS, FF 3.6.8, and Delicious Bookmarks 2.1.102)

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

Ok, went to http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/de.../files/ as recommended in Delicious support. DeliciousBookmarks-2.1.105.xpi fixes this problem for me. Try it out.

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

Cool. Thanks, will give it a try.

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

I am using Firefox 3.5.12 under Widows xp. The keys Page up/Page down and the arrows do not work when I want to scroll. This is NOT the case with MS IE8. Was the latest version of Firefox an improvement on the previous version? Do I have to use extra tricks to re-enable scrolling? Or shall I simply change to IE?

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

You may have switched on caret browsing: press F7 to toggle
See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Scrolling_with_arrow_keys_no_longer_works

Tools > Options > Advanced : General: Accessibility: [ ] "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages"

See http://kb.mozillazine.org/Accessibility_features_of_Firefox

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

I found this thread when my Home and End keys quit taking me to the top and bottom of Web pages. The F7 solution fixed the problem at once. Thank you!

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Re: Why can't I scroll (cursor up/down, page up/down home/end) or copy (ctrl-c) with the keyboard anymore?

I had this and a text editing problem. I started in the safe mode and let Firefox reset all the changes I had made to the default. That fixed both issues. One little hitch in that process was that it reset my opening mode back to "Home," and I lost about 100 tabs I had had open for the past year.