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hadley
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      Oct 25th, 06, 11:49 PM
Hi,
I really hope someone can help me -
I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one and all
is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the character map!
The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a tilde with shift held
down.
My keyboard is set to UK, all the other symbols work (e.g. I get £ with
shift and 3 held down etc)
I really need backslash as I use it all the time!!
I am running win xp home version on this machine.
I have googled but not found any solutions at all,
Thanks for any help at all :-)

 
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      Oct 26th, 06, 1:27 AM
On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 23:49:19 +0100, "hadley" <>
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>Hi,
>I really hope someone can help me -
>I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one and all
>is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the character map!
>The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a tilde with shift held
>down.
>My keyboard is set to UK,


You need to set your keyboard to US, then you will get the right
characters to match the keys.

Alt-3 (or maybe alt-gr 3) might get you a £ symbol; if not, I tend to
use eg 29ukp.

Cheers - Jaimie
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      Oct 26th, 06, 1:52 AM

"Jaimie Vandenbergh" <> wrote in message
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> On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 23:49:19 +0100, "hadley" <>
> wrote:
>
>>Hi,
>>I really hope someone can help me -
>>I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one and all
>>is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the character map!
>>The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a tilde with shift held
>>down.
>>My keyboard is set to UK,

>
> You need to set your keyboard to US, then you will get the right
> characters to match the keys.
>
> Alt-3 (or maybe alt-gr 3) might get you a £ symbol; if not, I tend to
> use eg 29ukp.



Yeah, I have an oldish Sony VAIO laptop that my dad bought in the US.

I use the US keymap so that the keys work as they are labeled.

A way that you can get the £ sign with the US keyboard is to switch on the
number pad mode and type Alt+0163. It's not exactly much quicker than using
the Character Map thing though. It's more useful on full size keyboards,
where the number pad is separate.

ss.


 
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      Oct 26th, 06, 8:06 AM
Hi, hadley


> I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one and
> all is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the character map!
> The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a tilde with shift held
> down.
> My keyboard is set to UK, all the other symbols work (e.g. I get £ with
> shift and 3 held down etc)
> I really need backslash as I use it all the time!!
> I am running win xp home version on this machine.
> I have googled but not found any solutions at all,
> Thanks for any help at all :-)


Some applications let you choose an 'unoccupied' F-key to do jobs. Have
a look in the relevant helpfile, or under 'Tools' on the toolbar.

HTH

Hugh

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      Oct 26th, 06, 10:46 AM
hadley wrote:

> Hi,
> I really hope someone can help me -
> I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one
> and all is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the
> character map! The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a
> tilde with shift held down. My keyboard is set to UK, all the other
> symbols work (e.g. I get £ with shift and 3 held down etc) I really
> need backslash as I use it all the time!! I am running win xp home
> version on this machine. I have googled but not found any solutions
> at all, Thanks for any help at all :-)


The information is out there - try
http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/ti...962513,00.html
for example.

XP has a facility to remap keys. I have used this to get a US keyboard
working on a UK laptop. I also swapped the keycaps from a broken
equivalent UK keyboard so I've ended up with a hybrid UK/US keyboard.
But at least all the keys do what they say they should, even if their
position is slightly non-standard.

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      Oct 26th, 06, 11:14 AM
Andrew Chapman wrote:

> hadley wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>> I really hope someone can help me -
>> I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one
>> and all is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the
>> character map! The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a
>> tilde with shift held down. My keyboard is set to UK, all the other
>> symbols work (e.g. I get £ with shift and 3 held down etc) I really
>> need backslash as I use it all the time!! I am running win xp home
>> version on this machine. I have googled but not found any solutions
>> at all, Thanks for any help at all :-)

>
> The information is out there - try
> http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/ti...962513,00.html
> for example.
>
> XP has a facility to remap keys. I have used this to get a US keyboard
> working on a UK laptop. I also swapped the keycaps from a broken
> equivalent UK keyboard so I've ended up with a hybrid UK/US keyboard.
> But at least all the keys do what they say they should, even if their
> position is slightly non-standard.
>
> --


Why can't you use the Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, to tell XP
that you have a US keyboard?

I don't have a US keyboard to test it, but this is the method I use to tell XP I
actually have a UK keyboard when I miss setting it to UK during installation.
It probably works the other way...

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      Oct 27th, 06, 10:43 AM

"hadley" <> wrote in message
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> Hi,
> I really hope someone can help me -
> I have got a US keyboard as a replacement for my broken laptop one and all
> is fine except I cannot get backslash except through the character map!
> The backslash key puts up on screen a hash, and a tilde with shift held
> down.
> My keyboard is set to UK, all the other symbols work (e.g. I get £ with
> shift and 3 held down etc)
> I really need backslash as I use it all the time!!
> I am running win xp home version on this machine.
> I have googled but not found any solutions at all,
> Thanks for any help at all :-)


Wow - thanks for so many replies! I am going to read through them all
properly now and will hopefully get something sorted - I really appreciate
everyones input - thank you for taking the time to help me out :-) Very
much appreciated!

 
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