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Re: compaq laptop can't get the ? symbol
Looks like the French keyboard mapping is still in effect.
You can try changing the keyboard keys back to where they were by pressing:
Left CTRl + left Shift at the same time. then try typing the ?/ key. You may have to try this a couple of times to get it to work.
If it does work, try the right ctrl/left shift key.
Also found this:
Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Keyboards and Languages, Change Keyboards. Select the keyboard you that's causing you grief and choose Remove.
If you don't remove the keyboard map, when this switch happens, you'll have to exit the application you're in (Outlook, for example), change keyboards, and restart the app. Changing keyboards without restarting the app doesn't seem to change the mapping.
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If you have changed the keyboard type in 'regional and language options' you can manually pull of the keys and stick them back on where they should be. It sounds like someone has done that to your keyboard so no regional setting could fix this.
Instructions for Windows Vista
Click Start and then Control Panel
In Control Panel, if you are in Classic View, click on Control Panel Home (top left corner)
Open Clock, Language, and Region
Click on Regional and Language Options.
Click the Keyboards and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards.
Under Installed services, click Add.
In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.
The keyboard layout you added will be included in the list. To set the new layout as your default, select it from the list. Click OK to save your changes
You can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by clicking on the Language Bar button or by pressing the Alt + Shift keys
it sounds like your keyboard is set to a foreign language. if you look at the blue bar at the bottom of your screen on the right you will see a < symbol next to which (to the left) should be 2 letters, this should be EN if not double click the 2 letters then select english u.k. and then delete any other languages. restart your pc.
hope this helps
I don't mean to make it seem like you don't know what you are doing, but usually the most simple of things are overlooked. Did you try holding down the left (or right) shift key, and then clicking the ?/ button?
if that doesn't work, then perhaps your keyboard settings in windows is not set to the correct language. if that is the case, let me know what version of windows you are using, and I'll guide you through how to change the default keyboard language setting.