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    Can I lock the keyboard while Skype

    Is there any way I can lock my laptop keyboard while Skype-ing with my one year old grand-daughter she likes to play with the keys, and sometimes messes everything up.

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    Take a look at this ehow.com article.
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    Thanks for this. But neither option here does the job. What I need to do is disable the keyboard, while still being able to use the mouse, and computer itself. Any other ideas?

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    Pulling the keyboard's USB plug out temporarily would surely solve the problem? And unlike a keyboard with a PS/2 plug, the USB keyboard will work when you push the USB plug in again.
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    Unfortunately the OP has a laptop. I cannot find any way to disable the laptop keyboard while still using the mouse and PC, Sorry.
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    Ok, I'm going to go out on a limb here and hope someone doesn't have a saw.

    What you might try is finding a keyboard remapper that allows you to save multiple keyboards.
    You could then create a map that would direct all keys to the SHIFT key, which by itself won't do anything.
    Then also have a NORMAL map or the program may have a command to return to the standard keyboard.
    Then create shortcuts on the task bar that would shift them using the mouse.

    What's that sawing noise I hear...
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    Too early in the morning for me to comprehend something this complex! I need more first.

    Might be easier to hog tie the granddaughter, LOL
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    Here's one that looks like a likely candidate. Key Mapper
    When setting this up I'd test it with only a couple of keys and make sure I could switch back and forth with the mouse BEFORE doing the whole keyboard.

    Good Luck!
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    It would have helped if I'd realised that the word "laptop" meant that the OP had a laptop!
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    Thank you all for your suggestions. The key mapper thing looks a bit ambitious for me - not sure I would end up with a working computer at the end of it. I guess a good low tech solution would be to make a cardboard cover and tape it on.

    I've already had to do something similar with my toucphad but that's a different story - cursor jumps to arbitrary positions when I hit the touchpad accidentally, so have stuck a piece of card over it. Works well.....

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    Sometimes low tech works wonders. Go for it.
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    Thankxxxx for this great post.

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