Solved! Go to Solution.
One more thing, do you guys know how to restore the smoogh focus on objects? I had to change my views via menu, and since I did this, I cant press F and see a smooth focus on objects.. =(
I just discovered the root of my issue, and I hope it's helpful to you.
The problem: I am working in Maya. The hotbox menu and everything works fine (i.e. move, scale, rotates hotkeys), but then I go into my outliner and try to rearrange objects and clean-up, but the mouse cursor turns into a "no" icon and I can't move anything. For some reason, this disables the keyboard entirely!
The solution: Right-click in the outliner and go to SortOrder -> SceneHierarchy. This will allow you to sort objects within your outliner. You will need to move something within the outliner (or restart maya) to get back your hotkeys.
Hope this helps because the problem almost gave me an aneurysm!
Reading the thread, because I was having same issues with non-functioning keyboard with Maya 2013 for Mac. I found the answer above-- thank you!
Whenever i was going into Outliner and trying to re-parent I was getting the NO icon-- and this, apparently, was what kept messing up the keyboard functions globally.
The solution to the outliner problem ALSO FIXES THE KEYBOARD PROBLEM: Go into the outliner's display/sort order menu and change from alphabetical to scene hierarchy. That allows you to grab items with the mm button. It also restores the hotkey and scrolling capabilities of the mouse and keytboard everywhere.
(At least so far as I've found...)
The problem also exists in Max 2013.
It just started happening this week, but for some reason if you have the container explorer open and you turn on "select children" the keyboard stops working. I figured out that if you select an object in the explorer and make it a child of something else then the keyboard might start working again. However sometimes a restart is still required.
Very annoying bug.