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When typing in GMail (firefox and thunderbird) keyboard randomly uses foreign characters like it has been set to another language, but setting is eng

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When typing in gmail (firefox) or thunderbird, randomly foreign characters will be produced like the keyboard has been set to spanish or french, but it is set to english, and the character encoding is set to what it is supposed to be. Web pages appear correctly.



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More Information

cor-el
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10749 solutions 96724 answers

It is possible that you have switched the keyboard layout by accident.

Windows remembers the keyboard layout setting per application and you may have changed the keyboard layout by accident via a keyboard shortcut.

  • Make sure that you have the Language bar visible on the Windows Taskbar
  • You can do that via the right-click context menu of the Taskbar: Toolbars > Language Bar
  • Check the keyboard language (keyboard layout) setting for the application that has focus via the icon on the Language bar
  • You need to do that while Firefox has focus because Windows remembers the keyboard layout setting per application
  • The default key combination to rotate the layout is the Ctrl+Shift or Alt+Shift combination that Firefox uses for some menu items
  • To avoid an unintentional switch, assign a specific key sequence (Alt/Ctrl+Shift+number) to select keyboard layouts and remove the key combination to rotate layouts (Alt+Shift or Ctrl+Shift)
  • Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages > Text services and input languages > Details > Key Settings > Change Key Sequence