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Replace French keyboard with English only keyboard for my VAIO VGN-SZ780DN

My VAIO VGN-SZ780DN laptop has a Bilingual keyboard (English/French). I am wondering if I can replace the keyboard to a "English only" keyboard? Will the English keyboard works properly in the VGN-SZ780DN? Please help!

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  • mithun_pa406 Jul 14, 2010

    Hi, It is possible to replace the Keyboard to a "English Only" Language. Replacing the Keyboard layout to an English one will work normally. The language settings present in the Operating System usually controls the working of the Keyboard. I suggest that you try performing the below steps before replacing the Keyboard. Assuming that the installed OS is Windows Vista (However, it also holds good for Windows 7 OS), please perform the below steps. 1. Click on Start -> Control Panel (Classic view) 2. Click on the Regional and Language Options icon. 3. Click on the Keyboards and Languages tab. 4. Click on the Change keyboards button. 5. Change the default language from there. 6. Please select "English (United states) - US" there. After doing so, click on Apply and check if the layout is changed. One more small suggestion. Changing the Keyboard layout of a Notebook is very expensive. I suggest that you go for an external Keyboard which would be very very cheaper when compared to changing a Notebook Keyboard layout. Thanks and Regards, Mithun

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