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Windows 7: can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate

27 Dec 2009   #1

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can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate

can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate, when i type an @ all I get is " its not the keyboard I have swapped them out, anyone else seen this?

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27 Dec 2009   #2

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1

Hallo ljlavaseur, i am only having a guess here. I know my own keyboard needs an extra driver (Hewlett Packard Quick Launch Buttons) to get full functionallity
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28 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ljlavaseur View Post
can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate, when i type an @ all I get is " its not the keyboard I have swapped them out, anyone else seen this?

This is a common "problem" with languages. Your keyboard layout is probably set to UK English. Resetting it to US English should solve the "problem":

Keyboard Input Language - Vista Forums
  1. Open "Control Panel"
  2. Click on "Clock, Language and Region"
  3. Click "Region and Language"
  4. In the "Formats" tab, change the format to "English (United States)"
  5. In "Keyboards and Languages", click "Change keyboards..."
  6. In the "General" tab, click "Add", then select the appropriate "English (United States)" keyboard layout (usually just "US")
  7. Click OK
  8. Click OK
You may need to restart your computer, and then repeat the entire process, but this time instead of adding a language, just remove the old one.
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13 Apr 2012   #4

windows 7 ultimate x64

Stumbled upon this thread when I encountered the same issue on my daughter's pc (Windows 7 upgrade from vista, 32 bit home premium). None of the above helped, but did get me thinking...
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19 May 2012   #5


I realize this post is a little old, but in case other people stumble upon it.

A quick fix is to hold down your "Ctrl" key and then the "Shift" above it at the same time. Release them after a second or and you should be able to type the "@" symbol now.

You can test it again by holding the "Ctrl" and then the "Shift", now your "@" symbol will only show the ".
It switches back and forth when you hold down both keys by accident.

Hope that helps everyone.
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02 Jan 2013   #6


I found this issue on a Vista and then on a Server 2003. I did the language on the vista and that worked but on the XP I just held the "Alt" and "shift" key and it was back....I am assuming that the Alt or Ctrl and shift will fix this on most computers...
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02 Jan 2013   #7

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To clarify things:

UK English keyboard layout always gives quotation mark (") with SHIFT + 2, and @-sign with ALT GR + 2:

can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate-en_uk.png

can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate-en_uk2.png

US English keyboard layout always gives @-sign with SHIFT + 2:

can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate-en_us.png

If both English (UK) and English (US) input languages (keyboard layouts) are installed, so called fast switching between different layouts is done with default ALT + SHIFT shortcut.

In other words what TheCoolerman above posted simply means that if the computer is only using English (US) layout, you always get the @-sign with SHIFT + 2. If the computer however has both English (US) and English (UK) layout installed, you can switch between them with ALT + SHIFT to produce either " (English (UK)) or @ (English (US)).

You can install (enable), uninstall (disable) and change input languages (keyboard layouts), as well as set a default input language from Control Panel > Region and Language as told in this tutorial: Keyboard Input Language - Add or Remove

can't type an @ sign in windows 7 ultimate-inputlanguage.png


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