5 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Keyboard Special Characters Not Working
Struggled to enter an email ID on your Windows 10 computer? For instance, the email ID didn’t have the at the rate (@) symbol. Several attempts fail to change it. That can be frustrating. Here’s how to fix the issues when Windows 10 keyboard’s special characters are not working.
You may be wondering if your computer is hacked. Rest assured, that is not the case. The issue arises when the keyboard gets stuck or selects the incorrect language, resulting in the entry of wrong special characters. This typically occurs with characters such as “@”, “””, and “~”. Now, let’s explore the causes of this issue and how to resolve it on Windows 10.
1. Restart Your Computer
If the issue happened once, try restarting your PC. This simple solution might help.
2. Check NumLock
If your keyboard has a NumLock key, use it to troubleshoot. Maybe you forgot to turn off NumLock, which can cause characters not to work. Press the NumLock button on your keyboard to check if it turns off or on. Then try entering the special characters.
3. Change Keyboard Language
The issue of wrong special characters often occurs when you change your keyboard language or layout. This can happen intentionally or accidentally. Pressing ALT + SHIFT keys changes the keyboard language, which can be problematic if it doesn’t match your keyboard layout.
If you have a QWERTY keyboard and choose a different keyboard layout in language settings, problems arise. The same issue arises if you have a different keyboard layout and select QWERTY in the language settings. So, the keyboard language layout set in the settings should match your keyboard.
To change the keyboard language and format, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open Settings on your Windows 10 PC from Start Menu. You can use the Windows + I shortcut key to open Settings directly.
Step 2: Click on Time & Language.
Step 3: Click on Language in the left sidebar.
Step 4: Check the order of the languages under Preferred languages. If your preferred language isn’t at the top, move it up or down using the arrow keys. Delete any incorrect language using the Remove button.
Tip: Try changing the language from English (United States) to English (United Kingdom) or vice versa to see if that resolves the issue.
Step 5: Check the keyboard layout for your language. Click on the default language, then click on Options.
Step 6: Scroll down to find Keyboards. Check the layout type. Use the Add a keyboard button to add a matching layout. Remove any incorrect layouts if necessary.
Step 7: Restart your computer.
To verify the language and layout, press Windows + R. Type OSK in the Run window. The on-screen keyboard will open. Check the symbols match what you’re trying to enter.
4. Run Keyboard Troubleshooter
Windows 10 has a native troubleshooter to find and fix common problems. Run the keyboard troubleshooter to fix character issues. Follow these steps to do it:
1. Open Settings on your PC and go to Update & Security.
Step 2: Click on Troubleshoot from the sidebar. Scroll down and click on Keyboard.
Step 3: Click on Run the troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 4: Restart the PC to check if the issue has been fixed.
5. Check Keyboard Driver
If the issue persists, try updating or uninstalling the keyboard driver. Start by updating, and if it doesn’t work, uninstall the driver.
To do so, follow these steps:
Step 1: Right-click on the Start Menu icon and select Device Manager.
To Expand Keyboards, right-click on your keyboard and select Update driver. Restart your PC and check if the issue is fixed. If not, uninstall the driver and restart again. Your system will automatically install the keyboard driver. Now try entering the special characters.
Alternate Way: Enter Special Characters Without Keyboard
If the issue continues and you have important work requiring special characters, an alternative solution exists. Open Windows search and type character map to access the app.
Then copy and paste the characters from the Character Map app into your document.
Value the Specialness
The importance of special characters on the keyboard is often overlooked until they stop working. When this happens, it can cause major disruptions. We hope the methods shared above have helped you resolve the issues with special characters not working on your Windows 10 computer. Additionally, updating your Windows PC can sometimes resolve various issues. For instructions on how to update Windows 10 offline, please refer to the link provided.
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