re-arrangement of keys in keyboard

The following keys in my desktop keyboard have rearranged themselves without my doing anything.

Keys @ and " have changed place each other.

So if I want to use @ key, I have to press " key and vice versa.

Please let me know how to fix this issue so that these keys are in their correct places in the keyboard.



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Last updated May 28, 2020 Views 1,222 Applies to:


Change keyboard region back to the intended one, prevent accidental keyboard changes

Your keyboard layout has been changed from your normal one to another [e.g. from UK to US or from US to UK].  Switch your keyboard region back to the one for which your keyboard was designed.

1  You can change this through Control panel -

  • Start button,
  • Scroll down to Windows system & click on it to expand it,
  • Control panel,

  • [View by - Small icons, just so you can see everything],
  • Language,

  • [next to the existing keyboard entry] Options,

  • Add an input method,

  • scroll in the list of keyboard layouts 
  • use Preview to find out which layout matches that of your actual keyboard,

  • Add,
  • In Input methods you'll now see the new one added so click on Remove next to the wrong one i.e. the original one that was giving you the wrong keyboard characters.
  • Your keyboard should now behave as you intended.

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2  I always then take a further precaution to avoid any accidental switching between input methods [to remove the hotkeys that switch language input methods and cause this type of problem].  You will not want to use these steps if you do really use multiple languages and you want to be able to switch between them easily using hotkeys.

  • Back in Control panel, Language,
  • Advanced settings,

  • Clear the Use the desktop language bar when it's available [unless you have some particular need for it]
  • Then Change language bar hot keys & select the Advanced key settings tab,

  • select the Between input languages entry in the list and click on Change key sequence,

  • Change both entries to Not assigned then OK,
  • Back in the list, select your normal language entry [To English ..., in my case] & click on Change key sequence,

  • Make sure that the Enable key sequence checkbox is clear,
  • OK, OK.


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Dell Inspirons 7779, 1545, 9300; Windows 10 Home x64 & Pro x86; Office Pro 2007; HP DJ2540; HTC UPlay [Android 6.0], MyPhoneExplorer

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