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alackenbauer
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How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

I own a HP keyboard and some of the keys show BLUE characters, symbols and numbers....When I attempt to type in a website address using the backslash I always get the alternate BLUE character instead of the backslash....How do I make the keyboard only use the normal characters.

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Neon4499
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

Hi,

 

I found this forum talking about a possible solution. You can try it

 

http://www.fixya.com/support/t658306-alternate_keys_hp_keyboard

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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

Please ensure you have the right keyboard layout selected. Refer the following weblink for procedure:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258824

I am an HP employee.

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pecan250
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

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Permanent and Temporary Solutions here!!! Click Kudos button if this works for you

 Solution 1 - Permanent OFF (windows 7)

  1. Go to Start menu > Devices and Printers
  2. Right click on HP Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Kit (yours may have slightly different name)
  3. Left click on Region and Language
  4. Left click on Change Keyboards button
  5. Under General tab go to > Default Input Language section > select English (Canada)-US
  6. Under General tab, now go to > Installed Services section > Keyboard heading > click on item for Canadian French then click the Remove button on the right,
  7. Repeat step 6 to remove line item Canadian Multilingual Standard
  8. Click Apply button at the bottom of window, then click OK button to get out of the window, click OK to get out of final window
  9. Close your Devices and Printers window and you are done FOREVER with the unwanted characters! :smileyhappy:

 

Solution 2 - Temporary toggle between special/normal characters 

If it's like mine, the default keyboard setting requires you to do the following:

press hold left ctrl+shift, then tap right shift key, this should toggle between the special characters and back to the normal characters when steps are repeated.

This is probably done accidentally by people and that's why it's driving everyone crazy :smileyhappy:
Note: sometimes I find it doesn't work on first try and have to try a couple of times, sometimes have to press the right shift key twice!! weird but works

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vladepap
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

Thanks so much! I've been having this problem and changing my keyboard never worked.

Finally can write with considerably less frustration.

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do_
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

when I try to type a backslash I get a different symbol.

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pecan250
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

If it's like mine;

press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key, then press your / key and see if you get it.

If it didn't work then try;  press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key 2 times, then press your / key and see if you get it.

Works on other keys as well where it toggles to different characters such as the key with the " or @ sign etc..

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pecan250
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard



If it's like mine;

press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key, then press your / key and see if you get it.

If it didn't work then try; press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key 2 times, then press your / key and see if you get it.

Works on other keys as well where it toggles to different characters such as the key with the " or @ sign etc..
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rmpeter
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

how do I turn off the alternate blue keys on my keyboard so that I can use the white keys only

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pecan250
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Re: How do I turn off the alternate BLUE keys on my HP keyboard

If it's like mine;

press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key, then press your / key and see if you get it.

If it didn't work then try; press hold left ctrl+shift and tap righ shift key 2 times, then press your / key and see if you get it.

Works on other keys as well where it toggles to different characters such as the key with the " or @ sign etc..
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