Laptop keyboards are filthy, but cleaning them means pressing keys. KeyboardCleanTool for macOS and ToddlerTrap for Windows are two simple apps that temperarily disable your keyboard, giving you a chance to clean.
You might think you can do this by shutting down your computer, but that’s a lot of effort just to quickly clean your keys. And shutting down might now even work—recent MacBooks, for example, start up if you press any key, which I discovered while trying to clean my keyboard (I was annoyed.) Happily these two programs solve the problem.
And they have another potential use for parents with toddlers who like to mash keys. Just fire one of these programs up and your kid can mash to her heart’s content, without deleting your files.
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