So you’ve just spent hours waiting for Windows 10 to install a huge update you didn’t even ask for, you finally get back to doing some work, and now you keyboard’s acting strangely?
Are you pressing the @ key, only to get quotation marks?
Is your pound sign giving you a hash?
Don’t worry, I’ve got the solution.
Loads of people have been getting in contact with me in the last few weeks to say their keyboards have stopped working properly after the latest Windows 10 update.
The reason is that each country uses a different keyboard layout. For some people with British keyboards, their computer has decided to switch to American.
Fortunately there are a couple of nice and easy ways to go back to British.
First, the quickest way.
In the lower right of your screen you’ll hopefully see the letters ENG. If you click on this you’ll see there are two choices – English United States, and English United Kingdom. Click on United Kingdom, and everything will be back to normal.
For some computers though, the ENG isn’t there, and there’s also the chance your computer will switch back to United States English when you’re not looking.
So, there is a second way which seems to work for everyone, and it’s more permanent.
Click on the Start menu, and go to Settings.
Then go to Time and Language, and click on Region and Language on the left hand side.
Our goal here is to get United Kingdom listed wherever possible.
So check that Country is set to United Kingdom.
Then, go down to Preferred languages and look for English United Kingdom. If it’s not there, click on Add a language.
Then search for United Kingdom and click Install.
Once you see English United Kingdom on the list, click on Options. If there is a language pack available, you’ll need to click on the Download button. Once it’s finished Downloading, you can click the back button at the top.
The next thing we need to do is get these in the right order. Click on English United Kingdom, then click the up arrow to move it to the top of the list.
Finally, we need to change the Windows Display Language to English United Kingdom.
Then all you need to do is restart the computer and everything will go back to normal.
Of course, I can’t promise that these settings won’t break in future, so you might want to save a link to this video in case you need it next time there’s a new Windows feature update.
Please let me know if this worked for you in the comments below!