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Keyboard characters switching in Gmail

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by anthony, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. anthony

    anthony Flightless Bird

    I'm running WindowsXP.
    Quite often recently, while typing messages in Gmail, I must
    inadvertently hit a keyboard function combination which switches
    keyboard characters, so that what I'm typing is total gibberish.
    Trouble is, I don't know what key combination I've inadvertently hit
    -- maybe it changes keyboard from Qwerty to Dorvak or such. Has anyone
    else experienced this? Or found a keyboard combo to change it back? So
    far the only way I can regularise things is to quit Gmail and start
    all over again. Very frustrating, when typing in the heat of the
    moment.....
     
  2. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Is it ONLY in Gmail or does it continue to exihibit that behavior in
    WordPad or Word or Outlook...?

    anthony wrote:

    > I'm running WindowsXP.
    > Quite often recently, while typing messages in Gmail, I must
    > inadvertently hit a keyboard function combination which switches
    > keyboard characters, so that what I'm typing is total gibberish.
    > Trouble is, I don't know what key combination I've inadvertently hit
    > -- maybe it changes keyboard from Qwerty to Dorvak or such. Has anyone
    > else experienced this? Or found a keyboard combo to change it back? So
    > far the only way I can regularise things is to quit Gmail and start
    > all over again. Very frustrating, when typing in the heat of the
    > moment.....
     
  3. John Wunderlich

    John Wunderlich Flightless Bird

    anthony <anthonyjhcnospam@netscape.net> wrote in
    news:4698312f-d275-4c44-b98d-128c3bc3effd@t34g2000prm.googlegroups.co
    m:

    > I'm running WindowsXP.
    > Quite often recently, while typing messages in Gmail, I must
    > inadvertently hit a keyboard function combination which switches
    > keyboard characters, so that what I'm typing is total gibberish.
    > Trouble is, I don't know what key combination I've inadvertently
    > hit -- maybe it changes keyboard from Qwerty to Dorvak or such.
    > Has anyone else experienced this? Or found a keyboard combo to
    > change it back? So far the only way I can regularise things is to
    > quit Gmail and start all over again. Very frustrating, when typing
    > in the heat of the moment.....


    You may have more than one keyboard enabled and you hit the key
    combination that switches between them (usually Shift + Left Alt, or
    Shift + Ctrl). To check your settings,

    Control Panel->Regional and Language Options -> Languages (Tab) ->
    Details -> Settings (Tab) -> Key Settings
    Select each entry in the "Action" window then hit "Change Key Sequence"
    to see if there is a key assignment to switching languages.

    Switching keyboards this way only applies to the currently-enabled
    window. New windows always open using the default keyboard.

    HTH,
    John
     

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