Weird keyboard issue
Not strictly speaking a programming question but something that annoys me to no end while programming.
Win7 keeps waiting for a character to be typed after a ", ', ^ etc. How do I turn that off?
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Change your keyboard layout to something that doesn't have dead keys. Go to Control Panel, search for "keyboard Layout", and click "Change Keyboards or other input methods". When the Region and Language control panel appears, click "Change Keyboards...", and then click "Add" to add a new keyboard layout.
Since you didn't say what your existing keyboard layout is, I can't guide you further.