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Cannot key the at sign after a reload of xp have nil language sign and now get ameri can layout

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On the bottom right of your screen you'll see an (en) clik on that then show the language bar that and it will goto the top of your screen a small box with a triangle and a a minimise box clik on the triangle (options)and then settings then a box will come up you will see usa settings clik on the drop down menu of the box with the language and select your country and language the clik apply...or clik on start then control panel then clik on regional and language option then select your language and country and then clik apply that should work...hope this helps best of luck it should work

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

  • sean o connell Aug 08, 2010

    your @ key is now located on the number 2 key thats the american layout before you do what i just suggested after you do what i suggested it should be back at the key to the left of # key best of luck



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Iam using inspiron 5010 i5 core laptop, m unable to type greater than or less than signs from my keyboard its showing other symbols, i have windows 7 as my operating system, help me as soon as possible

Hi Faiz,
The standard keyboard language and widely used setting is "ENGLISH (US)"
Set the Keyboard layout to English US so that you have standard keys for symbols etc. like @ sign with SHIFT+2 etc.

The keyboard layout / Language of your PC may have been different (other than English US), so follow these steps to select the International keyboard layout:

- Go to Control Panel - Regional and Language settings
- On the Keyboards and Language tab, click Change keyboards.
- Click Add.
- Expand the language that you want. For example, English (United States).
- Expand Keyboard list, select the United States-International check box, and then click OK.
- In the Default input language list, click Language name - United States-International (where Language name is the language that you selected in step 4), and then click OK two times.
- In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click OK.

(The above illustration is for Windows XP, but you would find similar options in Windows 7 as well)
The above steps would change the Keyboard Layout settings to 'English US' and you would be able to type @ sign with SHIFT+2 and with SHIFT+. etc

Hope it helps! Good Luck! Thanks for using Fixya!

Jun 18, 2011 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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Hi my keyboard has a problem my @ sign only works the number 2 key and the icon on the number 2 key only works on the @ key

In Windows, open the Control Panel, select Regional Language Options (in Vista this under Clock, Language, & Region). Select the Languages tab. In XP, click on details and set your keyboard to English (UK) (in vista, click on Change Keyboards). This should get the correct output for your keyboard.

Mar 04, 2011 | Belkin (F8E832-BNDL) (DBF8E832BNDL)...

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My " and @ are mixed up and i have no pound sign.

You need to alter the 'regional and language' settings in control panel.
Assuming your OS is XP here are the instructions:
Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Settings > open 'Languages' tab, select 'Details' . Look for 'keyboard' and you want to select the 'United Kingdom' one, and remove the 'United States' one. It may say it will only take effect after a reboot.
If your OS is not XP, then I'm sure the method will follow similar lines, though the names of the tabs may well be different.

Nov 01, 2010 | Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 Keyboard

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Some of the keys not working such as the pound sign# and the @ sign i have to use the number 2 to activate the @ sign

Your PC Language settings are incorrect

How to change keyboard language in Windows
Instructions for Windows Vista
  1. Click Start and then Control Panel
  2. In Control Panel, if you are in Classic View, click on Control Panel Home (top left corner)
  3. Open Clock, Language, and Region
  4. Click on Regional and Language Options.
  5. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab and then click Change keyboards.
  6. Under Installed services, click Add.
  7. In the Add Input Language dialog box, select the keyboard layout you would like to add from the list available and click OK.
  8. 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
  9. You can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by clicking on the Language Bar button or by pressing the Alt + Shift keys

Instructions for Windows XP
  1. Click Start and then Control Panel
  2. In Control Panel, if you are in Category View, click on Switch to Classic View (top left corner)
  3. Open Regional and Language Options.
  4. Click on the Languages tab.
  5. Under Text services and input languages, click on the Details button.
  6. Under Installed services, click Add.
  7. In the Add Input Language dialog box, choose the input language and keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.
  8. Click OK twice. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray (located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default). You can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by pressing the Alt + Shift keys

Jul 02, 2010 | Dell 0Y3740 Keyboard

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My system configuration has been lost. When I sign in I cannot even get to the XP screen, the machine locks up.

Boot into safe mode by tapping the F8 key, select the option "best last known start that worked" reboot. If no go you will have to boot with Windows CD in and select reload Windows WITHOUT FORMATTING, this will reload Win and save all files EXCEPT you will have to reload all programs.

Apr 30, 2010 | IBM ThinkPad T43 Notebook

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Keys have changed

Your keyboard language is set to the wrong language.

Im guessing that as US is the default you are in the UK but using a US language layout for your keyboard.

Goto Start --> Settings --> Control Panel

Select 'Regional and Language Settings' (If xp you may need to set it to view in classic mode)

Select the 'Languages' Tab and click Details in the 'Text Services and input languages' group box.

Set the language there that you need and hit apply!

I got this from a local advice board. It should help you.

Thank you,


Jun 29, 2009 | Logitech EX100 967499-0403 Keyboard

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My keyboard since the computer crashed last week has a few errors. The pound key produces a hash symbol and the @ has swapped places with the" key. How can I fix this. I have reloaded the Windows...

hi there
the default language for the keyboard has changed.
look at the blue bar at the bottom of the screen
on the right hand side you will see the letters EN
click on them and select engkish uk as the default language
you can delete any others and restart the computer

hope this helps
if it does please leave feedback


Oct 18, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I have an Advent wireless keyboard problem

Your keyboard is probably set to the wrong region.

Start, control panel,Regional and language options,languages,details.

select united kingdom keyboard and delete the usa one.

this is right for XP - If your using Vista it might be different.

Also I bet the @ key will give you a " sign so this could be a temporary fix

Feb 28, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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go to control panel --> regional and language settings --> click "Languages" tag--> click "Details"--> select default input languages as "English (United States) US"-->Ok-->Restart the computer.

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