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Non-English keyboard characters ??""""?..?.????????

I am getting the following characters and have no way to change them back to the correct ones for colon I get ? for forward slash I get ? for greater than sign I get " for less than sign I get ' for back slash I get ? for curly bracket I get ? etc. there are more but you get the picture. Is there any way to set the keboard back to it?s factory settings?

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SOURCE: Messed Keys

Try reinstalling the driver for the keyboard. If that doesn't work try the keyboard on another computer. If the same thing happens you probably have a faulty keyboard and will need to replace it. If not, check for a more updated version of the driver at the manufacturers website.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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How can I type Japanese o keybord?

Hai ! This is possible : )

Type in Chinese, Japanese, and other character-based languages

To type text on your computer in character-based languages, such as Chinese and Japanese, follow these steps:


  1. Add the language as an input language. If you want to use an input method editor (IME), make sure you select it when you add the input language. For more information, see Add an input language.
    Add an input language

    You can edit documents in multiple languages by changing the language (the input language) in which you type. Input languages are included with Windows, but you need to add them to your list of languages before you can use them.

    1. Open Regional and Language Options by clicking the Start button 4f6cbd09-148c-4dd8-b1f2-48f232a2fd33.png, clicking Control Panel, clicking Clock, Language, and Region, and then clicking Regional and Language Options.

    2. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab, and then click Change keyboards.

    3. Under Installed services, click Add.

    4. Double-click the language you want to add, double-click the text services you want to add, select the text services options you want to add, and then click OK.

  1. Change your input language to the language you installed. For more information, see Change your input language.

Change your input language

The input language is a setting in Windows that controls the language you use to type information on your computer. Before you can change an input language, you need to add that language to Windows. For more information, see Add an input language.
To change the input language

Click the Input language button on the Language bar, and then click the input language you want to use.

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If you don't see the Language bar, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click Language bar.

  1. Change your keyboard layout to the desired layout. For more information, see Change your keyboard layout.

Change your keyboard layout

You can customize your keyboard for a specific language or format by changing the keyboard layout. The layout controls which characters appear on the screen when you press the keys on your keyboard. Some input languages have several keyboard layouts; others have only one. For example, you can change your keyboard layout from the English QWERTY format to the English Dvorak format. After you change the layout, the characters on your screen might not correspond to the characters on your keyboard keys.

Before you can change the keyboard layout, you must add the input language and keyboard layout that you want to use to Windows. For more information, see Add an input language.
Hide all expcol_imgs.png To change the keyboard layout

  1. On the Language bar, click the Input language button, and then select an input language.

    93d5c617-b1ec-4138-a1ff-973e71de80fe.pngLanguage bar

  2. Click the Keyboard layout button, and then select a keyboard layout.

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If you don't see the Language bar, right-click the taskbar, point to Toolbars, and then click Language bar.
expcol_imgs.png To change the keyboard layout on the Welcome screen

On the Welcome screen, click the Keyboard layout button 0c181420-8a93-48b6-82b1-b2dc25fc01b5.png, and then select a keyboard layout.

After you are done you can switch between Japanese and English very easily by manually pressing the on screen buttons or using keyboard commands like SHIFT+ALT to switch between Japanese (???) and the Alphabet.

May 04, 2011 | Compaq Keyboard

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Problem with keyboard setting: quotation marks don't show when I press the key, only after I press a second key. Also sometimes not then -- eg single quote followed by c gives me c-cedilla! How to change?...

This "input-method" is a feature that is used in some non-English languages, to easily generate characters like 'C-cedilla'.

Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Regional Settings
Set your Input Language to "English-US", to make the keyboard work "one-graphic-for-one-key-press".

Jul 22, 2010 | HP USB Wireless Keyboard/Optical Mouse...

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Changing from french to english characters. For some reason my keyboard is creating french characters on my screen. I must have hit a combination of keys to do this.

This may vary depending on your version of Windows but it should be basically the same: go into control panel, bring up "region and language" then the third tab, "keyboards and languages". The the first button on that screen, "change keyboards". This screen has a drop-down menu with a list of languages such as English - United States (or presumably whichever one you're looking for).

Note I set my control panel view to "small icons". In category view it's under clock/language/region. Hope I was able to help!

Jun 05, 2010 | Gateway 2520915 Keyboard

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I cannot get a question mark, the upper case E with a grave (green) on keyboard appears

When you get that it usually means the language setting for the keyboard has changed.

The standard key markings are valid for most english language settings. US is the default. To change this go to start - settings - control panel. Then look for Regional and language settings. Click on that and then in the window that open there are three tabs along the top. The middle one should say language, click on that one. In the Text Languages and input options area click on the Detail button. A new window opens. At the top it shows your language. And in the box under it will show your lnaguage and installed keyboard layout. So if I were using Canadian English and the US keyboard then the keys will function as marked. To change the keyboard language click the add button, then select your language and then the keyboard layout. When you click ok it goes back to the previous window but now will show the original setup and the new one you just made. Just remove the original and apply and close everything and your keyboard will now produce the correct characters.

Apr 23, 2010 | Acer NSK8458AN Keyboard

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When I press @ only - apperrs

It seems that someone has changed your keyboard's language settings. All you need to to is go to Control Panel> Regional and Language Settings> Language tab and then click on Details button. Select English UK in the dropdown tab then apply the new settings. You will again get your keyboard type all characters correctly.


Mar 25, 2010 | Toshiba 310CDT Keyboard

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When I hit the usual @ key, it comes up with " and vice versa. How do I fix/change this?

Press SHIFT+ALT once to change your keyboard language.
This occurs when you have installed more than one language on your pc.

Jan 06, 2010 | Dell Laptop Keyboard for Inspiron 500M

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Shift-3 does prints # instead of Btisih pound

This is because it is set to US english keyboard layout rather than UK English layout.

Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Keyboard

and change the language settings...

Nov 17, 2009 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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Certain keys dont give the correct character when pressed.when @ is selected i get"""

Pressing alt + Shift toggles between American and English keyboard layout.
Give it a try...this should make your keboard revert back to normal.

Nov 16, 2009 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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My keyboard on my laptop replaces the letters with numbers and/or characters when i click them, like when i press "I" i get the number 5, or w, o, p, l, k, I get fancy characters

Go to the control panel first and check the Regional settings and languages icon. Look in there and make sure all the settings say either "English- United States or just United States.

If everything is correct there, hold down the Fn key and tap the Num Lock key, then try the keyboard again.

Oct 07, 2009 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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? Key keeps changing function

The question mark key (?) normally doesn't change function, unless you've loaded foreign language support and changed the keyboard layout setting in your operating system. If you're in the U.S. and using U.S.-English applications, you should specify that you're using a U.S. 102 or 104-key layout, or whatever your keyboard actually is, and make sure that you're not inadvertently running a keyboard support driver for a non-Roman character set.

Aug 09, 2009 | Acer NSK8458AN Keyboard

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