Windows lets you remap your keyboard so it will work for different country
layouts. For example, the English US keyboard layout has the @ sign if you
press Shift-2, but the English UK layout gives you " if you press Shift F+2.
How you change your layout depends on which operating system you use.
Here are the steps (taken mostly from the Vista help)
Add an input language
1. In the control panel, open Regional and Language Options.
2. Click the Keyboards and Languages tab, and then click Change keyboards.
3. Under Installed services, click Add.
4. Double-click the language you want to add, double-click the text services
you want to add, select the text services options you want to add, and then
(For example, you can add both the keyboard and the speech recognition for
most languages. When you expand Keyboard to add an installed service, you
might have several options like QWERY or Dvorak or Ergonomic.)
TIP: after you check the box for many of the keyboard layouts, you can
click the Preview button to see the basic keyboard laout. It doesn't seem to
show what happens when you press Shift, though. Another way to see many of
the keyboard layouts is to look on Wikipedia.
After you have added more installed services, you can pick which is the
default language in the "Default input language" drop down box.
If you click the tab for Language Bar, you can tell Vista to display the
langauge bar on your taskbar or have it float onyour desktop. The language
bar will let you change keyboard layouts on the fly. For example, I could be
typing a letter in English to my dad and then change to the ES-Mexico
keyboard layout to type a letter to my cousin in Spanish. On the tab for
Advanced Key Settings, you can also assign hotkeys to change between
I"m not really sure what you are describing with regards to your control
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"celticsaga" <email@example.com> wrote in
> thank you for responding!
> i checked the regional and language option and they are still set to
> indonesia (where i am now, and where i bought the laptop). so i think
> nobody mess up with it (i think).
> however, i did change the language bar from indonesian to english (UK).
> does that effect the computer too?
> i ask this problem to a friend of mine and he said:
> 1. the symbol mix-up is probably because of computer virus. but i
> checked it using Norman virus scan and no virus is detected; and no
> threat detected to using the windows defender.
> 2. the keyboard shortcut problem is probably because of a computer
> glitch that happened during shutting down the computer. and to fix it is
> to go to the command prompt (i think he said something like that). but
> i've no understanding of the how to get to it (just thinking about it
> makes me sweat).
> any suggestion or instruction?
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