Shift key stops working in Visual Studio 2010 code pane

Posted on 2011-02-23
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
From time to time, while working in the code editor of Visual Studio 2010, the shift key stops working for certain keys. For example, Shift + . (dot) should produce a greater than symbol (>) but today it refused to recognize the shift and insisted on typing a dot. I also noticed that when I pressed the single quote (') key nothing happened until I pressed another key. Pressing a single quote again resulted in two back=quote characters (``)

It's almost as if I mistakingly hit a key combination that puts the keyboard in international language mode or something. My culture is set to en-CA.

If I switch to an other program, the keyboard works as I would expect.

Is there a keystroke combination I can use to reset the keyboard. Currently, I have to exit VS 2010 and restart to get the keyboard to behave.

Question by:ou81aswell
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by:Bob Learned
ID: 34969366
Do you have any VS.NET 2010 extensions installed?

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ID: 34979839
Not that I am aware of. I believe it to be a pretty stock install. How can I check?

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Bob Learned earned 125 total points
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The menu option is Tools | Extension Manager...

I have seen some extensions mess with the code window, but I haven't heard of the problem that you have described.
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Author Comment

ID: 34986126
Extension manager indicates that there are no extension installed.

I just noticed this behaviour in a completely separate program and so it must have something to do with Windows 7 and not VS 2010.

Thanks for your help. I'll award the points to you and the repost this question in a Windows related area.

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ID: 34986131
I meant to assign points to TheLearnedOne and not to myself.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34986132
Turned out to be not related to VS 2010.
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by:Bob Learned
ID: 34987616
You know, I just noticed that I have the same behavior, and I just ignored it for a long time, and I have Windows 7.  I would be interested to know what you found out.

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ID: 34989482
I got an answer by creating a thread in the Windows OS section.

It is related to switching the input language on machines with multiple input languages installed.

I must have mashed the keys (I do that often). Here are the keystrokes:

Left Alt+Shift - Switch the input language when multiple input languages are enabled

Ctrl+Shift - Switch the keyboard layout when multiple keyboard layouts are enabled
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by:Bob Learned
ID: 34991439
Thank you very much!!  That'll teach me not to ignore an annoying problem!!

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ID: 34991487
I ignored it for a few months as it only happens once a week or so!

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