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PCSTATS TechTip - When a Keyboard Suddenly Types Weird Characters  - PCSTATS TechTip - When a Keyboard Suddenly Types Weird Characters
Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 1:56AM | Filed under: Tips| PermaLink Posted by: STAFF

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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