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How to show inverted commas and apostrophes directly by changing keyboard layout

Why changing a keyboard layout? Perhaps you’ve noticed that every time you try to put inverted commas or an apostrophe in a document, they do not show up directly, you have to press spacebar or type another letter. This happens especially in Windows Vista and Windows 7. And this can become really annoying sometimes. The solution is simple. You just have to change your keyboard layout from English – International (this is the most likely to be your current layout) to English -US. This is how to do it:

  1. Go to Control Panel, under Clock, Region and Language click on Change keyboards and other input methods., then click on Change keyboards.

    Changing keyboard layouts is quite simple

    If you can’t see Clock, Region and Language, switch the view style of Control Panel¬† from Small Icons or Large Icons to Category View (just select it from the drop-down list in the top right corner of the window). Alternatively, you can right-click your language bar and select Settings.

  2. The Text services and input languages will pop out, showing your current keyboard layout. To add a new one, click on Add and scroll down to English. Click on the + (plus) sign to expand the list and check US.

    A new keyboard layout is needed to get rid of the inverted commas problem

    Check US to activate the keyboard layout

  3. Hit OK to return to the previous window. Now it may be advisable to set US as your default keyboard layout, just to prevent future annoyances. To do that, choose English -US from the drop-down list under Default input language.

    Set US as your default keyboard layout

That’s it! No more problems with nasty apostrophes or inverted commas. The problem is solved as easy as saying “keyboard layout”!


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