If I open Safari and go to www.google.com and type in a search the letter 'a' can't be typed. I have to press shift+a in order to type a capital letter a but can't type a lower case 'a'. I'm typing this message in Firefox so clearly the key on my keyboard is functioning correctly.

I can type lower case a in the url bar area but not in other text boxes. I can't type it on apple.stackexchange.com or on duckduckgo.com. No text areas on any website seem to let me type lower case a. However, it works fine when I use Firefox.

Any thoughts? I'm using OS X 10.10.4 and Safari 8.0.7.

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I had exactly the same problem, and after disabling extensions and restarting Safari it went away. I then looked more closely and found that I had set the letter lowercase-a as the keyboard shortcut to allow flash in ClickToFlash. Apparently this made it not work as a character in any text boxes in Safari! I now have all the extensions back on but without that key shortcut, and everything is working fine!

BTW, this is clearly a bug in ClickToFlash, since the default key to make flash full-screen is lowercase-f, but I can type that fine in any text box.


I uninstalled all extensions in Safari and the problem went away. I've not re-installed 2 of the 3 extensions I had and the problem has not come back. Possibly there is something wrong with AdBlock Plus.


I had the same issue with lower case p on my mac and then when googling and saw elsewhere reference to keyboard shortcuts in the Accessibility prefs, the light went on. I had installed Telestream Screenflow (screen capture) the default keyboard command to pause recording was something esoteric and hard to remember so I changed it to 'p' assuming that was only for when Screenflow was the active app. Nope. Disabling that in Screenflow fixed my 'broken' lower case p

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