30th December 2009, 08:02 #1
How to turn on/off "secondary shift characters" lock??
Alright, so I just got a couple of new computers (a desktop--Gateway--and a laptop--Acer), because my old ones were stolen in a house robbery.
Anyways, my desktop computer has Windows Vista on it, whereas the laptop has Windows 7 on it.
My problem is that, somehow, the "secondary shift characters" are turning on, staying on for a while, and then turning off (it can be a long while--as in hours). I have the feeling I'm doing/pressing something to make this happen but maybe it's just a glitch (it's happening on both the laptop and the desktop, pretty much everytime I'm on them, so I have my doubts it's a glitch).
Basically, when I hold SHIFT and press a button, a different character will come up than ''normally would.'' So, for example, SHIFT + 6 will yield a ?, instead of the ^, SHIFT + ' will give ` instead of ", and SHIFT + / will give É instead of ? -- all of the "other characters" that are shown on these ''newer'' keyboards.
This is starting to become infuriating, as it seems to be a result of something I'm pressing (but I can't figure out what), and when it does I have to either figure out where the appropriate characters are, or use the character map (which is starting to eat up time).
Gateway support told me to do a power drain (because, to their knowledge, there is no "secondary shift key" option). Honestly, I'm getting sick of Gateway support so I was just wondering if anyone on here has had this happen/knows how to turn this lock on/off. Or should I be listening to Gateway support and do the power drain?
Thanks a million,
3rd January 2010, 08:09 #2
This may be happening due to the change of Keyboard layout. check whether it is set to English-US.
- To check this, go to Control Panel then select Region and Language settings.
- Then check the keyboard settings.
31st January 2010, 01:58 #3
Yes, the keyboard layout is set to English-US.
Originally Posted by nitinagarwal1988
Tech-support at Microsoft told me to rename a template in Word. This fixed the problem in Word for a day or two, but it's back full force...
I thought that this was some new feature in Windows, since all the "secondary shift characters" appear in green on my laptop keyboard and this happens on both of my computers, but perhaps there is just a problem with my PCs (good thing they're still under warranty)...
Still waiting for Microsoft to get back to me, I'll keep you posted I guess...
31st January 2010, 04:23 #4
Since you say it is happening on both the Desktop and the Laptop and you are using 2 different Operating Systems and getting the same result. I would say it's either an application you have installed on both the Desktop and the Laptop or either a File you have residing on both machines. I would go through and do a process and elimination between both machines and find the common element that may be producing the error. Can be a pain I know, but you should be able to find the problem
3rd February 2010, 03:19 #5
Try holding both shift keys and then hit ALT.
21st August 2010, 23:02 #6
i cannot just type. i have to hit fn as a shift key to get any keys on the right side of my keyboard. they are blue secondary keys. its on locked and i dont know how to turn it off.