Here's a TechTip I wish I'd known about years ago. Picture this, you're
typing along trying to make a deadline with a half dozen programs open on the
desktop when suddenly, instead of a "?" you get the character "É". Next thing
you know a bunch of other keyboard punctuation starts generating seemingly
random characters too! Closing the offending program and restarting it will
usually solve this memory-related-bug, but how do you prevent the keyboard from
defaulting to different language setting in the first place?
I'm ashamed to admit that after nearly 8 years of suffering through the rath
of "É" instead of "?" while typing in the HTML coder I use, I've only just
discovered the fix which solves this issue completely.
Go to Start > Control Panel > Region and Language. Under the Keyboards
and Language tab, click 'Change Keyboards...' > under the General tab go down
to 'Installed Services" and highlight "Canadian French' and Canadian
Multilingual Standard' and then press 'Remove' for each. Click Apply, then Ok.
That's it, problem solved!
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