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I’ve got a very strange issue on my PC. Whenever I type an accent character, they appear as if I hit the key twice.

For example, when I type the following sequence:


I get the following:


Keyboard is configured as: Dutch (Nederlands) - United States-International

I’ve tried:

  • Restarting the PC
  • Changing the keyboard

I have no idea how to Google for this, or what this problem results from.

Any suggestions would be great!

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Please try this with - a new OS user - another OS (a live cd, recovery cd, etc) and write what you get. – user89272 Aug 21 '12 at 8:56
This happens to me a lot in my computer at work (UK), I actually recently moved here and got myself a keyboard with my own language layout, language settings are set properly, but sometimes this exact same thing happens. A restart usually fixes it. – Joao Ferreira Sep 13 '13 at 8:06

The United States-International keyboard layout provides a way to type special characters from various European languages on an standard US keyboard. For instance, to type ë, you would press " then e. (US keyboards don't have a key for that character.) To type ", you have to press " then space.

There is more information from Microsoft here:

You can install different keyboard layouts, and you can switch between them. The right one will depend on what sort of keyboard you have.

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