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    keyboard changes when entering into input boxes

    Something has started happening recently that puzzles me. My keyboard can be working normally within applications, but sometimes (only sometimes) when I try to input into a form, say a comment on Twitter or a field asking for my email address, non-alphabetic characters don`t work. Instead of a or ! or `I get a French character or wrong punctuation mark. (Hey, it happened here with the instead of a question mark.) I have to enter using codes like Alt-63.

    I don`t think it`s exactly my keyboard that`s the problem, because it also sometimes happens at work. My home computer is Windows 7, as is my computer at work. Can I blame the OS?

    I can get by with Alt codes or an on-screen keyboard, but it`s annoying, and I`m curious about what`s going on.

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    Maybe I can shed some light on this. I have often had the same thing happen to me and it took me a long time to track it down.

    Do you have multiple input keyboards set up on your machine? And do you use [Alt-Tab] to switch tasks? In my case the answer is Yes, and I believe this set the stage for this to happen.

    You see, there's a little-known keyboard shortcut to switch input keyboards. It is [Alt-Shift]. If you are at all clumsy with the [Alt-Tab] I believe it is possible to hit [Alt-Shift] instead. Do so and you've just switched from your US keyboard to the International keyboard (or whatever alternate keyboard you have installed).

    Note that the [Alt-Shift] has to be performed with the left Alt key. However that's going to be the most common move for a right handed person. Check it out; this might just explain what's going on for you.

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    Thanks for the tip. It could very well be the solution. I don't know really if I have multiple input keyboards on my machine, but I use Alt-Tab all the time, and my typing would definitely qualify as clumsy. Next time it happens I'll see if Alt-Shift solves it.

    Thinking of Fort McMurray.

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