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Old 09-06-2020, 14:27   #1
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A keyboard question. Am I going mad.

Been back to using a desktop at home these last few weeks and have found something was “off” when typing but could t quite work out what if was.

Today at work it dawned on me
The 100s of keyboards we have at work have “ as shift + 2 command and @ over on the right just above the shift on that side


My 3 keyboards at home have them the other way round
Why do I feel stupid that I have just worked this out should be my first question. My second is, is there anyway I can replace the keys on my keyboard and then get my keyboard to function like the one at work ?
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Old 09-06-2020, 14:32   #2
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Have you got your keyboard set up as a UK keyboard in your OS? Assuming you mean you press shift-2 and you get @ at home and want it to be " instead.
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Old 09-06-2020, 14:34   #3
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I just had to do this too after a Windows update oddly changed it.

It's in task bar settings when you right-click on it. You enable showing the keyboard input icon, and you can click on that to make it UK instead of US.
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CTL-Shift to toggle between keyboards
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I didn't say how to do it as Dunkle has mentioned using Macs a few times before and I've not idea how to do it on those.
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Old 09-06-2020, 15:43   #6
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Its not that the keys do physically different things, its that they have different symbols on them

So all the keyboards at work have the " symbol on the 2 key and the @ symbol over on the right next to enter, whilst I have 3 keyboards at home and its the other way around

Did something change at some point - I always thought " was on the 2 key as the work keyboards are

I know I could possibly change the layout / input within the OS and whilst I would be ok with this, my daughter, as she learns to type would get confused

So, what is the standard position of " on a UK keyboard ? Is it on the 2 key ?
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British keyboards have the " on the 2 key and US keyboards have the @

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...ican_keyboards
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British keyboards have the " on the 2 key and US keyboards have the @

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britis...ican_keyboards
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Cheers, explains the work ones being "correct" and mine at home not being how used to,

I was given all 3, I can setup the keyboard to function like a British keyboard, can I buy replacement caps for them to change the actual buttons ?

One of the keyboards is a mechanical (which to be fair I don't use, its too noisy) and another, which I really like, has the flat keys similar to a Mac keyboard
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I doubt you could change the key caps on the flat keyboard but you could get replacement caps on the mechanical keyboard with the same type of switch.
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Thanks. I’m looking to see if can get stickers.

Looking at amazon etc, it seems that the British layout is not common at all.
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The UK layout is extremely common dunkle and are still the standard for the UK, but for some bizarre reason when you shop for keyboards the photo in the item listing on many etailers will display a US layout keyboard. You often have to check the description for mention of "UK layout". Plenty of comments on the likes of amazon from folk who thought they were purchasing a US layout Keyboard only to get a UK one and vice versa.
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Cheers shingster. Appreciate it
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Was looking at taking punt at the magic keyboard but from reviews it seems that has @ on the 2
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All Apple keyboards will have the @ on the 2. This is just the way they do it, even if the keyboard is UK style (you can tell by the shape of the Enter key).

The two main layouts for QWERTY/Western keyboards are ISO (UK layout) and ANSI (US). So if you're searching for keyboards make sure you search for "ISO UK". ISO should have " on the 2. UK will ensure you get the Ł sign on 3.

You could look at another mechanical but with quieter switches.

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Cheers. I think for now I’ll just stick with a couple of stickers on my cheaper keyboard. No way could I get used to the swap off “ and @
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