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I'm using windows 7 on a laptop. On the laptop keyboard, for some reason, the quote key (which has both double and single quote on it) is doing some "clever" annoying things:

  1. When I press single-quote (or double-quote), windows doesn't send any characters until I press it twice (resulting in '' or "")
  2. When I press it before a vowel, I get some kind of accented character. As I usually only write English, this is annoying.

The backtick/tilde key is subject to similar behaviour.

I have not attempted to set up my computer to process anything other than English. My keyboard appears to be (in so far as these things are standard on laptops) a standard US qwerty keyboard.

How can I stop this happening?

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I would first make sure that your 'Regional Language' settings is set to English (it might be set to 'US English International'). You can do this through the control panel. Here's the Microsoft instructions on how to reach that.

After that, go to the Languages tab in the 'Regional and Language Options' window, and click on the details button. Under the keyboard settings, remove the 'international' option and keep the 'US' option. Log off and then back in and retest your quotes.

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Thank you! I didn't realise that these settings required a restart to take effect. –  Marcin Oct 13 '11 at 12:40
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Yeah, one thing I've learned is that it never hurts to log off and back on when you are playing around with the control panel settings, computer management, or windows registry (however annoying it can be :) ). –  Dminish Oct 13 '11 at 12:42
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If you press space after the quote then it will be as if you have only the one quote

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Does this work with any key? Or just space? –  Marcin Nov 28 '13 at 16:07
    
any key as far as I can see... –  rupweb Mar 27 at 16:30
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You probably inadvertently pressed ctrl shift '.

This is a windows shortcut that affects some applications (examples include: mIRC, gtalk, wordpad, etc) and causes the behavior you are describing. Pressing the shortcut again or restarting the computer will disable it (and hence Dmnisih's answer is incorrect).

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Does your list include cmd and xemacs running under cygwin? If not, then your diagnosis is incorrect. –  Marcin Oct 13 '11 at 17:29
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Here’s how I fixed it:

  1. Open the Regional and Language Options control panel.
  2. Click on the Keyboards and Languages tab.
  3. Click on the Change Keyboards button.
  4. Remove all the installed keyboards until none are left except English US.
  5. Restart your computer.
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Usually "International" variants of keyboards cause have this behaviour. Note that you cannot remove keyboard which is currently selected and the restart is not probably needed. (but Windows often surprise me with requested reboots) –  pabouk Jan 24 at 13:27
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