I was typing like I always do using a USB keyboard with External Keyboard Helper Pro bought from Google Play. I usually type in Evernote. In a moment, I'm kind pressing more than one key a the same time - probably a Fn, Ctrl or Alt and other. I have no idea what I pressed. But since then, I can't type anything because the keys open other apps. If I press "e" in the keyboard, the e-mail on my tablet open, and if I press other key, other app open.

I tried to figure it out, search in the settings from my tablet and in the settings of EKH, but I don't have any shortcuts configured. I'm thinking that I press some kind of shortcut that activated other shortcuts, but I don't know how to go back to what it's like before.

How to fix/revert this?

  • Have you tried restarting the device?
    – Dan Hulme
    Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 23:50
  • And maybe simply power-down the keyboard (unplug, remove batteries if any) to reset it?
    – Izzy
    Commented Dec 17, 2014 at 17:45

2 Answers 2


I looked at the site for the app you mentioned, External Keyboard Helper Pro, which has some tutorials. This section may help:

EKH Tutorial 5 - Application shortcuts and Text strings

A nice feature in External Keyboard Helper is the possibility to add Application shortcuts and Text strings to keys. In this example I will configure Alt+G to start Gmail and Alt+M to start Maps. I will also make it possible to quickly write http://www.apedroid.com by just pressing Alt+A.

First I enter the Advanced settings and choose to setup some Application shortcuts.

Perhaps that setting has what you need?

  • Trish, I tried! But I don't have any shortcuts configured in The app or in The Android settings. Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 23:36
  • I fibd this list of shortcuts. It's like I activeted somehow "search", but I don't know what it is! Android Keyboard Shortcuts: Apps • Search + B: Open browser • Search + C: Open contacts • Search + E: Open e-mail • Search + G: Open Gmail • Search + I: Open calendar • Search + M: Open maps • Search + P: Open music • Search + S: Open text messaging • Search + Y: Open YouTube Commented Dec 1, 2014 at 23:38

Your Windows key is probably broken and always seems to be pressed since Windows+E is the stock Android shortcut for email, whether you set it or not.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .