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Keyboard layout?

  1. #41

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    irst, seems we are doing this differently. I do not select Japanese > Add input language to add other keyboard layouts as it only shows Japanese like in your system. I do it in this windows selecting Add a language:

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    After that it is very simple. I select which input language (English, Finnish, German, Japanese) and if Japanese, the other switch to toggle between the Japanese and Latin characters.

    Remember that English (UK), English (US) and English (US International) are three different layouts with some characters in different places.


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  2. #42

    I did the same thing here
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    That's why I was curious to know that if in your system, without changing to EN-UK or Finnish layout, you could get an ["] after pressing shift +2, which is the opposite I'm trying to do here.

    Maybe I need to give a little more information here. The toggle switch is not the issue here.
    While typing Japanese characters, I need to get an [@] after pressing shift +2.
    That"s why I'm trying to add a different keyboard layout "under" the Japanese IME, which I was able to do on windows XP and probably Vista and 7, but I can"t test wright now.
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  3. #43

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    When using Japanese Display and Input Languages if I click toggle (Japanese / Latin characters) shown in these screenshots,

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    ... I get " or @ depending on which input language was last selected on that other switch. If I had English (UK) selected I get now ", if English (US) selected I get @.

    This character then "remains" there so switching back to Japanese IME keyboard I get " or @ depending on which Latin set I had used prior to switching to Japanese.

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  4. #44

    Ok, but that is also not right, because since you probably have a [@] printed above the number 2 on your "physical keyboard", the ideal setting is that you always get a [@] after pressing shift + 2.

    Lets say that you buy a Japanese keyboard with a ["] printed above the number 2. So now you need to change your system to always get a ["] after pressing shift + 2 instead of [@].
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  5. #45

    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Now I have to disagree with you, quite strongly.

    The printed symbols on the physical keyboard have and also should have any significance only when you use the computer in the language of the country where you bought it, the language and market that PC was made for.

    I try to clarify: Most of the time I am using Finnish as the Input Language, with Finnish keyboard layout, on my Windows PC with English as Display Language. Reason for this is simple: from the 4 languages I need to type on daily basis, I can do Finnish, Swedish and English using the same Finnish layout. I only need to swap to German for two letters, the double s "" and which in German often substitutes the Y.

    I buy my computers in Germany where I live. This means that the physical layout (what's printed on keys) on for instance this laptop I am using now is German, QWERTZ instead of QWERTY. I need to remember and luckily I do that the Z key gives me Y, the Y key gives Z, my Finnish and Swedish comes from a key which has German , the @ sign is printed on the Q key as you press ALT Gr + Q to get it using German layout but I get it by ALT Gr + 2 and so on.

    One of the first things a multilingual PC user has to learn is how to get certain characters from "wrong" keys. And, of course, accept this as a fact.

    To achieve what you are saying, the only possibility for me would be to buy different external keyboards for German, English (US), English (UK), Finnish and Swedish and then change the physical keyboard each time I change the input language.

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  6. #46

    Issue Solved

    Ok, I made the wrong assumption that you had an English US keyboard connected to your PC. My mistake.

    And I totally understand your comments regarding the differences between each local keyboard variant.
    My native language is Portuguese actually, and I used to do a lot of typing in Spanish and also French.
    So I understand the problems you encounter when you need to type accented letters and you don't have them printed on your keyboard. There was a time when I had a French AZERT keyboard connected to my PC, just for fun.
    If I need to type in Portuguese now, I just select Portuguese as the input language and ignore the printed letters on my physical keyboard.

    But my issue now was something completely different.
    Japanese language doesn't have accents the same way European languages do. So as long as your keyboard has all the usual 26 Latin characters, you should be OK.
    Some PCs and Macs here in Japan are sold with and English US keyboard, correctly configured of course, so when you type you get the exact the same character that is printed on your keyboard.
    And changing my keyboard layout to English US while still being able to type in Japanese is nothing new to me. I do that all the time with my Macs and Linux boxes. And as far as I can remember, I used to do the same thing on my windows XP (I skipped Vista and windows 7). So naturally I thought I was going to be able to do the same thing on my new windows 8. Big mistake.

    I found two solutions to my problem on the internet. Both worked fine.
    The first one, as I mentioned before, was to change some values on the registry.
    the second solution is:
    1. Control Panel
    2. Device Manager
    3. Keyboards
    4. Driver
    5. Update driver
    6. Browse my computer for driver software
    7. Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
    8. uncheck "Show compatible hardware"
    9. under "Model", I selected "Standard PS keyboard", but I believe other models should work too.

    So now I have my system configured to Japanese Input, with an English keyboard layout, meaning when I type, I get the exact the same characters as printed on my keyboard.
    My problem was specific to the combination Japanese input/English keyboard, and of course doesn't apply to other languages.

    Hope I didn't bore you to death with all this and thank you for all the help.
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  7. #47

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    I'm sure I'll come across all of the scenarios from this thread at some time or other, so it's no boredom at all! That last solution should work fine for a multitude of problems. Usually I only deal with Spanish and English Dual Language systems which can use the same keyboard. Once I had to install Hebrew, that was a pain, I actually had to LEARN it a little just to be able to move around.
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  8. #48

    Posts : 1
    Win 8 Pro

    Registered to say thanks for the info in this thread. I have US English Win 8, but a Japanese layout keyboard, and was having the same problems.

    The registry change noted only solved half the problem for me, that let the keyboard work correctly in IME mode, but not when typing English natively.

    The final trick came from another thread I found in Japanese - if the computer has a ACPI BIOS with Fast Boot set to ON, it basically hard codes the USB Keyboard to be a 101 layout, and no amount of overriding it in the registry works.
    Turning Fast Boot to OFF lets the OS see the keyboard directly, and it correctly identifies the layout and type.
    Finally I have the " and @ where I need them.

    Windows 8

    Note for reference : on my work machine, the "@" key did nothing - there was a shortcut to flipping the language that was set to "grave" key, which is on the "@" key. Resetting that setting cleared that up. Didn't need to do that for this home computer.

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  9. #49

    Posts : 1
    WINDOWS 8.4

    Hope This Helps

    How do I change the keyboard layout to UK layout? I have to use " key for @ and vice versa at the moment. Thanks
    I went to the language settings in the control panel where Change your language preferences are mentioned, and removed all the Languages from it,The default Keyboard layout was English (United Kingdom), then Enabled in the keyboard layout English (India).

    It worked for me
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  10. #50

    Posts : 10
    windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Just use PC Settings, its right down there at the right hand corner: Because I use UK Language but US Keyboard. That was one of the first things I had to tackle, I had installed UK language, it gave me UK Keyboard, I had restart the install and choose the US kb.

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    Thank you! Now my keyboard settings match the markings on my Japanese keyboard. Shift 2 gives " and the @ key prints an @! It was driving me around the bend.

    By the way, to others with this problem, one can get to the "PC Settings" by Windows Key C > Settings
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