The default Bios and/or keyboard driver (not sure) allows the typing of "special characters" eg when you press "Right Alt" + "2" you get m² instead of m2 or pressing "Right Shift" +"6" followed by e types ê instead of ^e. There are various other combinations. This function could however be turned on or off and it seems to be off by default. When cleaning my keyboard I managed to switch it on by accident (since the original post). It would however be nice to know how this function is turned on and off and possibly get a list of combinations (I have managed to figure out a few)
Try this: Pull up the on-screen keyboard. you can find it with search on the start menu. On the keyboard go to "options," then check the the box that says "turn on numeric keyboard." Viola! You have to press alt on the normal key board while you click on numbers in the number pad on the on-screen keyboard.
Apparently, you have to enable/disable special character generation using the following sequence?
"Fn + Ctrl + LShift"
Please confirm. If true what key sequence would you have to enter to create "ê"?
Normally, it would be "ALT-138" ...
Thank you for this comment. I am in the same boat. I will be selling a 6-month-old XPS and buying a new laptop. This is inexcusable on Dell's part.
This does not work on a Dell XPS 13 9360. I was told today be Dell support that I would need to use an external keyboard or use the Win Char Map. Epic fail on Dell's part.