Hi there if you want a question mark, you do shift + / key but on my keyboard it shows this key é which i assume is french, i also wanna type the double quotation, i get ` left angle bracket i get ' right angle bracker i get .
in other words i am not gettin gthey key i want i tried fn +f11, didn work
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Re: Weird French character key
This is a problem I haven’t stumbled on before and it bugged
me so I have a suggestion.
-Open the Control Panel (generally on the Start menu) -Open the Regional and Language folder -Click on Languages tab -Click on Details
See if the keyboard layout is set to ‘US.’
Now, what I don’t seem to find is how to choose something
different without actually changing ‘Language’ itself.
Win ‘Help’ gave this result when searching on “changing keyboard
“You can switch to a different keyboard layout
or enter text in other languages without changing keyboards. However, the key
labels may no longer match the characters you are entering. Use Regional and
Language Options in Control Panel for changing languages and keyboard layouts.” If this does or doesn't work, please post back as it might help others either do what you want to do or avoid paying any attention to me <grin>
Sounds like a Frenck keyboard, evel things to type on. try goin into settings and changeing the keyboard language to english if that dosn't work get tipex find out what each key dose and change it XD or a better sugestion, I assume that your keyboard has a C type jack and is going into a purpel port on the back of your computer? what you could try doing is getting a normal 2.0USB keyboard. That should solve your probelem as the drivers should be installed into the keyboard. Id recomend a "Genius" -cheapest option or a "Logitec" -a bit more expensive but still good value and way better
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I am guessing the
Vaio you have is a Canadian model, which has alternate keyboard drivers
for English and French. On these models, it seems the alt car key only works with the French
keyboard (durr). To switch, press the LEFT control key and RIGHT shift
key at the same time, then release. Now if you use the alt car key like
the shift key, i.e. hold it down then press another key, you should be
able to access the pink characters. To return to English keyboard, press
left-ctrl and right-shift together again.
This is usually caused by the FN LOCK key being stuck. You probably also have the U, I, J and K keys behaving funny and believing they're a numeric keypad.
Try clicking two or three times both shift, the FN key, NumLock key and, just in case, the Ctrl key. Also try pressing Alt-O and Alt-M or Fn-O or Fn-Alt-O and see if that gets you back the "O" key.
If only the M and O keys behave this way, though, it looks more like a keyboard driver problem; reinstalling the driver (or selecting a different keyboard, such as French one, and then back the normal keyboard again) might fix it.
In wordprocessing or email the backspace key deletes the previous charachter and isnot the same as the Delete key which deletes the next charachter.
On my girlfriend's french pc the delete key is marked "Suppr". It works to delete the next character and also for the "executive override" function which will reboot an old pc or get you to Task Manager in windows.
I'm not sure of which French keyboard you have, The Azerty is from Belgium and is used by the French, there is another that French Canadians use, it is a modified Qwerty. The Azerty board has the key "Syst" on it and this key is sometimes used as a screen print when used with a cimbination key strike. I am unsure if the combination uses the shift key, the Fn key or the Alt Gr key. If your keyboard has a menu key, this also may bring up a keystroke guide to use.
I use 2 different keyboard types too. Have you tried pressing [Ctrl]+[Shift] to change the keyboard type you are in. Even if you choose a default language in a program all other program will still use the other keyboard type, hope this helps.
There is a small green Fn button near the start button you will have to use this with shift to use the green keys if you are in multi lingual mode, if you only use the laptop for french you can also change the regional settings for the keyboard to Just French and then they will work just by using shift.
Okay, I know this is an old question but when i searched for the same problem recently, it was the nearest I could find. So in case others are having the same problem:
The Vaio you have is a Canadian model, which has alternate keyboard drivers for English and French. The alt car key only works with the French keyboard (durr). To switch, press the LEFT control key and RIGHT shift key at the same time, then release. Now if you use the alt car key like the shift key, i.e. hold it down then press another key, you should be able to access the pink characters. To return to English keyboard, press left-ctrl and right-shift together again.