Why do I get the ? symbol instead of '/' when entering data?
Hi I have an HP DV600 (canadian version)
My keyboard has three sets of symbols on them; letters, stuff that's in boxes, that i can use when I hit the function key. e.g. FN and F7 has a little brightness symbol and then a set of blue symbols e.g. the '/' key has an é symbol, the '6' key has a question mark etc. When i'm using microsoft office 2007, i don't know what the hell i hit, but my keyboard gets stuck in the third mode and my "/" key becomes the é symbol. I enter alot of data for school, and this is really annoying, the only way I can figure to get out of this mode is by closing the program. Any help here would be great
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Being Canadian I can assure you that the @ symbol is produced by holding down the shift key and pressing the number 2. This keyboard may have a different setup, or you may need to change your language settings on your computer from Start>Control Panel.
Alternatively, you can open a virtual keyboard from Start>Programs>accessories>accessibilty>virtual keyboard
it has to do with your keyboard setting, currently you are set to the united kingdom keyboard layout, you will need to change this to Unite States settings assuming that you got vista, you will need to do the following
goto control panel click on regional and language option (there will be a pop up) click on the keyboard and languages tab click on the change keyboard button (another pop up will appear) click on add and add the United States Keyboard change the keyboard setting on the upper drop down menu to United States, and then click ok.....this should solve your problem.
What version of windows are you on?
if you dont know go to
start -> run (or press winkey + R)
type in winver & press enter
post the version here
in most cases you will find the keyboard settings you want under region & language settings in the control pannel
Its not the keyboard fault but your operating system. I'm going to assume you live in Canada and when you had setup the computer for the first time you had selected Canada has country you live in instead of the United States (default) If you notice on your desktop or taskbar there will be a keyboard logo. Click it and select US 101 keyboard (United states). You get the french symbols because microsoft thinks because you live in Canada you must be french canadian.... stupid eh! They have it selected to mulitlingual Canadian. Select the US English as default and you shouldn't get those french symbols when you really want the shift or question mark key.
I live in Canada and I see looks of people who ask me the same question all the time.
Go to control panel on start menu.You may have to click Classic View. Click Regional and Language options. Click middle tab at the top called Languages. Click the Details button. Click Add and select the English UK option from the drop down list. Apply and Ok.