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Missing ^ symbol on On-screen keyboard

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Missing ^ symbol on On-screen keyboard


    The On-screen keyboard in Windows 8 seems to be missing the ^ symbol, otherwise known as the caret. On most keyboards its found with shift+6. But in Windows 8, that is the one symbol on the number key row that is left out. Its a necessary key especially when you need to represent an exponent in Microsoft excel. As it is, I see no way to create an exponent in Excel on a tablet, unless you have a physical keyboard attached. Can someone help me?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello DS812,

    The On-Screen Keyboard should have the ^ symbol here in the screenshot below. Could you post a screenshot of yours to see what the issue may be if it's not here?

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    If you like, the Touch Keyboard from the taskbar toolbars menu also has the ^ symbol. When you open the Touch Keyboard, click/tap on the &123 key and circled right arrow key above it to see it.

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    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 28 Feb 2013 at 01:15.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Character Map


    As a last resort you could copy it from the Character Map.
    edit-- added picture of my onscreen keyboard --- Win 8 Pro.

    Character Map
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    Last edited by David Bailey; 28 Feb 2013 at 00:26. Reason: added another image
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  4. #4


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    See attachment
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  5. #5


    You may need to change the region input for your keyboard. When I first installed Windows 8, I was missing the @ symbol.

    Input Method - Set Default Language in Windows 8

    Hit Windows key + I, click on "Change PC settings" in the bottom end of the menu. Highlight the "General" section, and click on "Language preferences". Click on options, and make sure your keyboard is set to the correct region.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the responses. My keyboard looks different from yours and my has no caret. See below:

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  7. #7


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Arrows ?


    Quote Originally Posted by DS812 View Post
    Thanks for the responses. My keyboard looks different from yours and my has no caret. See below:
    What are the Arrows for ?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I found the problem. Thanks Electrotune1200 for pointing me to it. My keyboard region was correct but I had one of the options under "Change PC Settings" ... "General" set incorrectly. "Make the standard keyboard layout available" was turned off. What a strange option to have.

    Thanks,
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Medab1, you are right, the caret was there all along I just didn't notice the little right-arrow-in-a-circle on the &123 screen. Thanks.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by DS812 View Post
    Medab1, you are right, the caret was there all along I just didn't notice the little right-arrow-in-a-circle on the &123 screen. Thanks.

    ^^^^^^^^^look at me^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^.
    I figured the tiny arrow was for displaying more options.

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