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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Nov 17, 2009

Mine for German special characters have suddenly stopped working (no, my Caps Lock is not on).

This applies to Word docs and online like here (Ctr+Alt+0252 = zilch).

Any spontaneous advice welcome. Online forums have not helped so far.

Windows XP2 Pleb Version, SP2.

TIA for any inspiration.
Chris


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Claire Cox
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Number lock off? Nov 17, 2009

Hi Chris,

The only thing I can think of is another obvious one, I'm afraid - you haven't inadvertently pressed Number Lock off by any chance? I know that happens to me sometimes and I end up activating Wordfast commands instead of typing ü or ä - most disconcerting!

Hope you solve it soon,

Claire


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Success! Nov 17, 2009

Claire Cox wrote:

Hi Chris,

The only thing I can think of is another obvious one, I'm afraid - you haven't inadvertently pressed Number Lock off by any chance? I know that happens to me sometimes and I end up activating Wordfast commands instead of typing ü or ä - most disconcerting!

Hope you solve it soon,

Claire


Thanks so much Claire - it worked! Solche Schätze wie du muß man kennen!


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Thomas Ochiltree  Identity Verified
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Another technique in WORD Nov 17, 2009

In WORD, but only there, one can quickly enter the letter from the main keyboard (regardless of whether num lock is on) by holding down CTRL and SHIFT while you type : (the colon/semicolon key) RELEASE CTRL and SHIFT and THEN type the non-Umlaut version of the letter (e.g. A foe Ä, a for ä) and the Umlaut version of the latter will appear. For ß use the same procedure except instead of : type &, then again AFTER RELEASING THESE KEYS type s amd ß will appear. Again, this only works in WORD. for other places such as here the numerical keyboard with num lock on has to be used. Good luck.

[Edited at 2009-11-17 18:01 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-11-17 18:01 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-11-17 18:02 GMT]


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PRAKAASH  Identity Verified
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An intelligent answer! Nov 18, 2009

Claire Cox wrote:

Hi Chris,

The only thing I can think of is another obvious one, I'm afraid - you haven't inadvertently pressed Number Lock off by any chance? I know that happens to me sometimes and I end up activating Wordfast commands instead of typing ü or ä - most disconcerting!

Hope you solve it soon,

Claire


It's an obvious answer but many people starts thinking beyond it, once an issue is there.
I used such tricks a lot while interacting with US clients over the phone few years back. Especially, this one, checking the 'Num Lock' key, if it is 'on' or 'off'.

-PRAKAASH


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
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But Nov 18, 2009

why wouldn’t you simply enable the German layout?

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