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keyboard – Disable Number / Special Character Key Shortcuts

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This is driving me nuts.

I pressed something wrong, and suddenly my keyboard is doing shortcuts I don’t want. The numbers / special characters above the letters are doing Function shortcuts. For example, my 1 and 2 keys are doing brightness down and up.

Keyboard is model A1243 wired to a 2013 iMac w/ OS Catalina.

It happened after I wiped my keyboard, pressing a bunch of keys randomly. I’ve tried to turn of num lock, change shortcuts, literally nothing is working.

I can’t even use “shift” + 9 to do a parenthesis. When I do it types “5”

Unplugging and plugging back in did not affect the problem.

Please help.

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