Since I've upgraded to Lion I'm experiencing a rather odd problem: iWork doesn't respond to certain keystrokes. The worst offenders are Cmd-C, Cmd-V, and the like, but sometimes regular typing just doesn't appear in the document.
This is an intermittent problem: if I click on a Finder window and then back to Pages (or Numbers, or Keynote) then all is well once again – for a few minutes. Then, sure enough, when I try to Cut or Paste, I have to do it from the menu: the keyboard shortcuts won't work.
Anyone else seen this? Any suggestions how to track down what's causing it?
Martin S Taylor
To Martin S. Taylor et al.
I have been having the same 'ignored keystrokes' problem, and have found a way to reproduce the malfunction entirely reliably. It is when you use the magic mouse with one hand, the keyboard with the other. I have been seeking a solution from Applecare support for 3 months, now, but nothing to date. I suspect it is a bug in iWorks. I would be very interested if someone can reproduce the problem and report back here. Here is the sequence that produces the problem 100% reliably for me:
- Open a new document in Pages and type a few words to make sure it is working properly
- Hold the magic mouse in your normal way, between you thumb and another finger. (Not your index finger)
- Slowly stroke the top of the mouse with your index finger as if you are scrolling (very lightly, in any direction) BUT DON'T LIFT UP YOU FINGER AFTERWARDS. With your finger still touching the mouse surface, try typing some characters with your other hand. If it works for you as it does for me, all keystrokes will be ignored, until you raise your index finger from the mouse surface.
- This is very annoying for anyone like me, who tends to leave his finger resting on the mouse surface after dragging, clicking etc. Randomly and intermittently keystrokes get ignored … sometimes for many seconds (until, inadvertently, you lift up your finger from the mouse).
It happens particularly when you are copying and pasting because you normally use the mouse to indentify the text to be copied in one hand, while typing with the other hand. Any confirmation would be much appreciated.