This article discusses different solutions for keyboard keys not producing correct characters
Press the Num Lock key on your Dell Laptop
In order to have the functionality of a 101 key keyboard on an 85 key laptop, the Num Lock key activates the 10 key keypad function that would normally reside on the right side of a standard keyboard. Simply press Num Lock again to go back to normal operation
Change the Keyboard Language Setting in Windows
- On the search bar type "Control Panel" and then go to "Clock, Language and Region".
- Click on "Language" and on the left pane, locate "Advance Settings" and click on it.
- Locate "Override on Default Input Method" click on the drop down box and choose your preferred language.
- Also make sure that "Override for windows display language" drop down box is set as your preferred language.
- Click on "OK" and restart your system and check if it resolves your issue.
If you want the input language (read and type) to be any other language, you need to download the language pack and by following the below steps.
Windows 8 and 7:
- In the search option of the taskbar type Region and language and press enter.
- If you don’t have the desired language, download them by selecting "Add a language" option.
- After adding the language follow the step 1, select the language and click on "set as default".
Change your language or keyboard layout:
- Control Panel
- Select Classic View
- Regional and Language Options
- Keyboards and Languages tab
- Click Cahnge keyboards - under Deafult input language, does it say French or English ? If it's French, change back to English (or the required language option) by clicking the pointer at the far right.
- Click OK when done.
- Click Start and then Control Panel
- In Control Panel, if you are in Category View, click on Switch to Classic View (top left corner)
- Open Regional and Language Options.
- Click on the Languages tab.
- Under Text services and input languages, click on the Details button.
- Under Installed services, click Add.
- In the Add Input Language dialog box, choose the input language and keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.
- Click OK twice. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray (located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default). You can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by pressing the Alt + Shift keys