I expect this is really simple for a lot of you, but I wish somebody could explain to me why every now and then my keyboard changes its character set when I am working in MS Word. This started a week or so ago, when I received a document from one of my regular clients (an agency). Normally I use a Norwegian keyboard, but when I opened the document in question, the keys were changed; among other things the three "extra" Norwegian vowels were not there, and of course a lot of the punctuation marks were in different places. Nothing I could do would restore the keyboard settings, so in order to get the job finished on time I connected a US English keyboard and used that. Fortunately I have never learned to type, so I tend to be looking at the keyboard, rather than the screen, when I am working! I realised that the character set which my computer was using was now UK English, because Shift-2 gave quotation marks instead of @. There's also another slight difference, though I can't remember what it is right now.
Anyway, having finished that document, I returned to my familiar Norwegian keyboard, and thought I wouldn't experience the problem again. However, from time to time, for no apparent reason, I discover that the keyboard character set has changed to UK English again, so that I get < instead of ;, " for *, and so on. In contrast with the incident mentioned above, if I close down Word, restart it and re-open the file I am working on, the keyboard is back to normal again.
As I say, no doubt this is old hat for a lot of people, but I really don't understand why it happens. Could somebody give me an explanation, and preferably a solution. It's really annoying when your parentheses suddenly become reversed and your hyphen becomes a slash!!!
Oh, before I forget, I am using Windows XP and Office 2000.
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