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How To Change The Default Keyboard Layout in Windows 7 and Windows Vist

Having problems with your keyboard?
How to change your default keyboard layout within Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

This is a keyboard problem that a lot of non US computer users run into when using a new computer or one that is newly formatted.

Users find that some of the keys on the keyboard don't seem to match what is appearing on the screen in front of them when pressed. The two main keys are the @ and "(2) which switch places.

What is happening is that by default, Windows will setup a US keyboard layout at install which when used on a physical UK keyboard doesn't match up the @ and ".

This is a really quick and easy problem to solve which just requires a couple of settings to be changed within Windows.

This walkthrough is for both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Changing keyboard setting is the same process in both versions of Windows.

Please make sure that any important data you may have on your computer is backed up before following this walkthrough or video!

  1. From the Windows desktop left click the start button
  2. On the start menu left click Control Panel
  3. In Control Panel left click Clock, Language and Region
  4. Under Region and Language, left click Change keyboards or other input methods
  5. In the Region and Language dialog box left click the Keyboards and Languages tab
  6. In the Keyboards and Languages tab left click Change keyboards...
  7. On the general tab that opens left click Add
  8. Look down the list and find English (United Kingdom)
  9. Expand +English (united Kingdom), then expand +Keyboard
  10. Tick the box next to United Kingdom then click OK
  11. In the default input Language drop down list, left click English (United Kingdom)
  12. Left click Apply
  13. Left click ok

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Im not able to type question mark using shift

You may have the incorrect keyboard layout selected, so let's change it.

nb. the following is a step by step for Windows Vista / 7

Changing the keyboard layout:
  1. Click START and in the search box type intl.cpl and press ENTER
  2. Navigate to the Keyboard and Language tab, then find and click CHANGE KEYBOARDS
  3. Click add
  4. Click and expand the language you use / want
  5. Expand the list of keyboards, click to select the check box you want and then OK
  6. Goto options and navigate to VIEW LAYOUT and this is to compare the layout with the actual keyboard you have.
  7. Goto the DEFAULT INPUT LANGUAGE list, click the language you use and OK
  8. Hit OK again
  10. Click on the language Bar and choose the language you want.

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In the bottom right hand corner of your screen (on the taskbar), you'll see either a symbol of a keyboard (Windows Vista or Windows 7), or two letters together (Windows XP). This symbol represents the language you're currently using for your keyboard. Click on that symbol with your mouse, and select which language you'd like to use (In this case english) to resolve this problem

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I am having trouble to set an e-mail becouse the key @ not popping up but the 2 commas do. can you help me? I am using other computer to ask this question.

Your keyboard is most likely set to the wrong layout, as in it's set as US for a UK keyboard, or vice versa. These keyboard layouts have those two keys the other way around.
To fix, go to Control Panel and find the 'Region and Language' settings (assuming Windows Vista or Windows 7). Click the 'Keyboards and Languages' tab and click the 'Change Keyboards' button.
Click on the 'Add' button on the right and find "English (United Kingdom/States) depending on which layout you have (UK layout has the 'two commas' above the 2) Click the + symbol next to the layout you want and then again next to 'Keyboard'. Click the check box next to the keyboard layout you have (click 'Preview' to check) and then click OK. From the dropdown list in the dialogue, you should now be able to select the correct keyboard layout. Select it and OK out both dialogue boxes.
You should now be typing with the correct keyboard layout.

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in my keybord the punctuation are changed ...my computer come from portugal..and now i have just download the windows 7 in english version.. now the problem is the punctuation of my keybord like ? - , . [ - ) ( * &............................are changed of key......please give a solution.....

You need to add the English keyboard.
Follow these instructions:
  • Windows 7 or Windows Vista
    1. Click Start Collapse this imageExpand this imagevistastartbutton.jpg, type intl.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
    2. On the Keyboards and Language tab, click Change keyboards.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Expand the language that you want. For example, English (United States).
    5. Expand Keyboard list, select the United States-International check box, and then click OK.
    6. In the Default input language list, click Language name - United States-International (where Language name is the language that you selected in step 4), and then click OK two times.
    7. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click OK.

      Notice that the Language bar appears on the taskbar. When you position the mouse pointer over it, a ToolTip appears that describes the active keyboard layout.
    8. Click the Language bar, and then click United States-International on the shortcut menu that appears.

      The United States-International keyboard layout is selected.

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