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Why is my Laptop keyboard typing the wrong characters is it a bug ?

Sometimes its just down to the Regional settings not set up correctly so the " and the @ are reversed with US and UK keyboards.
Laptops have the in built functionality of using a number pad when the NUMLOCK key has been pressed, there may not be a light to show this !!!!
The following keys will be designated as follows until the NUM LOCK is pressed again.

789------------ >789
UIO------------ >456
JKL ------------ >123
M--------------- >0

Don't get caught out my Father in Law was willing to pay PC World £25 to sort this out until he gave me a call!!!!

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