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Keyboards typing wrong characters Windows10

My keyboards just started typing wrong characters.

Shift, forward-slash = É
Forward-slash = é
Shift-apostrophe = È
Apostrophe = è
Shift, 6 = ?
Shift, period = "
Shift, comma = '


I've gone into Clock Regional Settings, Language, Keyboard Settings, etc. Everything is either English US or English Canada. I tried some tips I found online like left shift-alt to try to find a keyboard to change. Nothing is working.

It happens on on all three keyboards. It's just started today, I assume since the computer was switched on since I didn't try typing anything until about a half-hour ago. It's not all the keys, just the ones I've listed above.

I was having trouble with my cursor creeping and the wireless keyboard being erratic, before, but that was cleared up with a driver update and a new USB slot for dongle.

I really need my keyboard working correctly today. Can anyone help?

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Re: keyboard

If this happened to me:
- I'd boot to Linux stick or disc (free to make) to see how the keyboard works there. If it's wrong there also, it's a hardware issue.
- I'd try the on screen keyboard: https://www.howtogeek.com/240288/how-to-use-the-on-screen-keyboard-on-windows-7-8-and-10/ to see how that looks and how that works.
- I'd try system restore back to when it still worked.
- If all three keyboards (you didn't tell) were wireless I'd try a USB or PS/2 keyboard.

If no luck, finally I would reset or reinstall Windows.

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It sounds like the keyboard is set to French Canadian.

Post was last edited on April 14, 2019 12:48 PM PDT

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Looks like you are right but how to fix?

Of course, I do not have the extra keys on my keyboard that the French keyboard has, but the èÈ etc looks like. The virtual keyboard is looking very French.

I downloaded Sharpkeys but there is no instruction on randyrants on how to use it. When I open it it shows nothing.

How do I fix this please?

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I googled about sharpkeys and found plenty.

I don't want to upset you but if I were to write anything about this app, I'd be duplicating the web.

Google something more like "How to reset keyboard with Sharpkeys." Also, if the virtual keyboard is showing French then back to the control panel to try changing the keyboard again.

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Newest version of Sharpkeys works. Yay!

I had been back and forth to Settings and the Control Panel all day, but nothing was fixing the keyboard.

By Googling, I found what I had found before; instructions that didn't make sense because absolutely nothing was coming up in the list areas. So I looked around and found the most recent Sharpkeys (the one I had downloaded was 4 versions old). I downloaded the most recent one and suddenly I had a list and knew what the instructions were talking about!

Whew! I'm so relieved Blush I don't know how this happened, but I hope it never happens again.

You were certain it could help, and since I am confident you know what you're talking about, it encouraged me to look a little further into the unknown.

Thank-you.

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Content que cela ait aidé.

Glad it helped.

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HELP! Is switching keyboards twice in an hour. Notepad funky

Tonight the keyboard suddenly set itself back to French. I thought "I know how to fix this, I'll use Sharpkeys". So the keys were all in there from last time. They'll fix upon next reboot. I have tabs in my browser that I do not want to lose, so I'm putting off rebooting. I thought I would use ALT codes to get my apostrophe and commas. I tried to use ALT codes and found that my right ALT key does not work. I used the French keys to get the comma and apostrophe. Then the next time I tried to do that, the keyboard had changed again. I'm trying to figure out what keyboard it is, but no luck yet.

Why is this happening? It seemed to start after I went to alt-codes.net and printed out the list. That could be coincidence, though.

' = è
" = È
? = É
˜ = \
` = /
ˆ = ?
< = '
> = "


All these symbols appear ab-normal in Notepad. They look chiseled. In the case of the question mark and upper and lower case Qs, they look like they have come from some funky font, which I have not chosen in Notepad.

I have to keep mapping out the keyboard so I can fix it in Sharpkeys. But there must a root cause to this. I would certainly appreciate help in finding out how to dig it out and remove it.

Thanks.

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Keyboard switching keyboards twice in an hour, now. Notepad

Today the keyboard suddenly set itself back to French. I thought "I know how to fix this, I'll use Sharpkeys". So the keys were all in there from last time. They'll fix upon next reboot. I have tabs in my browser that I do not want to lose, so I'm putting off rebooting. I thought I would use ALT codes to get my apostrophe and commas. I tried to use ALT codes and found that my right ALT key does not work. I used the French keys to get the comma and apostrophe. Then the next time I tried to do that, the keyboard had changed again. I'm trying to figure out what keyboard it is, but no luck yet.

Why is this happening? It seemed to start after I went to alt-codes.net and printed out the list. That could be coincidence, though.

' = è
" = È
? = É
˜ = \
` = /
ˆ = ?
< = '
> = "
ˆ = ?

All these symbols appear ab-normal in Notepad. They look chiseled. In the case of the question mark and upper and lower case Qs, they look like they have come from some funky font, which I have not chosen in Notepad.

I have to keep mapping out the keyboard so I can fix it in Sharpkeys. But there must a root cause to this. I would certainly appreciate help in finding out how to dig it out and remove it.

Thanks.

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Let me share that recently

We have one laptop that is, on one account turning on Sticky Keys. I've done my research, set registry keys and more and yet Sticky Keys is enabled on reboot or log out and back in.

So there's that issue that is still under investigation.

As to FONTS Windows allows changing of the system font so if that changes you see it system wide. I don't have any new magic for this but here goes the question on what the stock W10 fonts are:
https://www.google.com/search?q=What+are+the+stock+fonts+for+Windows+10&gl=US

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Doesn't seem applicable

Thank-you for sharing your experience. I rebooted this morning and checked Sticky Keys, and it's not on. If/when this happens again (hopefully not), I will check Sticky Keys' status again.

If you can remember, I would be very interested to hear about what happens with the laptop that keeps on turning on Sticky Keys on reboot or log in.

I played around with the font in Notepad after posting, last night, because until then I hadn't been aware that one could change the Notepad font. It didn't go back to default upon computer reboot this morning, but stayed with the font I picked last night. I don't know if that's normal or not. At least I know now that the font can be changed.

Your previous fix of Sharpkeys worked beautifully with reboot, again. Thank goodness you told me about that.
Happy

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It's not applicable until

You think about Microsoft's update system on W10. That is, the more I look into this it appears to be related to updates and how changes are made that we didn't want.

I don't have the URL handy about some Windows Update that changed a font that created havoc for some users but Microsoft does do that.

In YOUR SPECIFIC CASE (not the keyboard issue) I have the feeling it's some update regarding fonts. But I don't have a hard fix for you except to learn about the Windows Font System and how to change system font choices.

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Windows 10 hasn't updated since the 10th

I also thought the fonts changing in Notepad (as well as the keyboard being wonky) might have had something to do with a Windows update. But according to update history, the last update was the 10th of April, 11 days before this latest fun happened.

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I should have used broader terms and what to focus on.

So many apps auto update that at times it's a bit much.

Focus on learning about Windows Font settings. I'd check out what the (new?) defaults are.

Post was last edited on April 22, 2019 4:01 PM PDT

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delete keyboard driver

you can delete the keyboard driver and reboot. when you reboot, a new driver will be installed

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