My keyboard starts to add backslashes while I type! Or when trying to log onto my email it just does backslashes on its own! I tried to uninstall and reinstall the driver and run both virus and spyware scans, but that does not seem to help!
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The problem is probably with your keyboard. If your PC is still under warranty then you can call up the costumer care and avail a free keyboard and submit your current defective keyboard. Dell has an excellent costumer service. Don't hesitate to call them up. Your keyboard will be delivered within a few days.
Just use your mouse to click on the link, which is the underlined and highlighted text just above. This will open a new web browser page automatically for you and allow you to view the information and items at the website indicated.
You can see the QUESTION MARK / BACKSLASH key near the lower right hand corner of the keyboard in that image.
I hope that was helpful to you, good luck and take care.
Make sure the keyboard layout is set correctly. I'm going to assume you have Windows Vista or 7.
Click on Start > Control Panel > Change Keyboards or other input methods (Under Clock, Language and Region) > Change Keyboards. Now under "Keyboard", make sure the initials for your Country is there. If it isn't, click Add, find your country, tick the appropriate box & click OK. Or if your Keyboard or Mouse combo comes with drivers, install it to get the full functionality out of them.
You have a multi-language keyboard on your Acer. Now, if you do not want to use the other languages which I am guessing you don't at this time, there is key combo to turn this function off. Try holding down the left shift button and then tap the left Ctrl button. See if that takes it off. If it does, then that is the correct key combo to cycle through the various languages that maybe on your system. If it did not, then try this combo.... try holding down the left Alt and then tap the left shift.
If you want to get rid of this nonsense all together and just have an English-United States system, follow the guide below.
Changing the Language and Location Go to the control panel and choose Regional and Language Settings. If you are in the States and need the English-United States version of the keyboard, then go through all the tabs and settings and change or add,( English-United States) to all the settings and locations. On the far tab to the right, make sure to check the boxes for copying the settings to all users. When you click on the administrative tab and change location, you will be prompted to reboot when finished.
Try a different keyboard, if a different keyboard works properly then your original one is defective. If another keybaord does the same thing then its a setting in the operating system for the keyboard that needs to be changed.
1) With your NUMLOCK on, hold the ALT key down and type 092 on your numeric keypad. When you have NUMLOCK on, ALT and a 3-figure digit gives you special characters. 092 is the backslash on UK and Spanish keyboards, so hopefully it'll work for you. If you get something different, you'll have to try different numbers until you find it
2) In Start --> Programs --> Accessories there's a program called Character Map. This gives you a list of available characters
You are probably typing it on word with a font that does not support those symbols. Open notepad and type the characters - your system should be working fine. (you can alternately try to use Arial font as an alternate)
The driver will not fix the problem, as this is a mechanical problem. I had the same problem and was able to fix it. Instructions with pictures can be found at: http://lotus.kick-***.net/keyboard
Here are the instructions without the pictures:
I had a problem with my Gateway keyboard where whenver I pressed the left shift key, it type a pipe | (verticle line) character. This is the same character that is above the back slash character . I searched the internet and people were suggesting reloading drivers and apparently Gateway was suggesting a destructive reload of the hard drive. That's absolutely rediculous. After some research, I determined that on some European style keyboards, the backslash/pipe key is between the left shift and the "Z" key. So, I removed the left shift key to experiment. The key simply pops off by sticking a screwdriver under it. (It is not necessary for you to do this).
When I used a little screwdriver to press on the center of the plastic (red arrow) I would get a proper shift key. However, when I pressed to the right (green arrow), I would get the backslash character. If I pushed at the red and green arrow together, I would get the pipe character.
Ah-hah! I determined the problem. The inside of the keyboard is a "universal" type and can be used with U.S. or Europeon keyboard layouts. For whatever reason, the left shift key was hitting both dots under the key. (The dots are visible in the pictures below.) To resolve the problem, it is necessary to disassemble the keyboard. On the bottom of the keyboard is a bunch of screws. Remove all of the screws. If you have any rubber feet, there is probably screws under the rubber feet. The feet are just held on by sticky taope, so they peel right off.
Once all of the screws are removed the top and bottom halves seperate easily. The circuits stay in the bottom half of the keyboard, so set the top half of the keyboard to the side. The red arrow marks where the left shift key presses down.
Pull back the top layer and you will see the flexible circuits. These are also made up of multiple layers. When a key is pressed it pushes these layers together to complete the switch circuit. The red arrow marks the shift key. The green arrow marks the backslahs/pipe key for European style keyboards. The blue arrow is yet another key that is not used on U.S. keyboards.
Pull back the first layer of the switch circuit to expose the space between the circuit layers.
Place a small piece of electrical tape on the extra backslash/pipe circuit connection as marked by the red arrow.
Now simply reassemble the keyboard and that weird pipe character will never accidentally show up again.