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Font switches to Chinese character while typing

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Outlook 2010 and Word 2010 will randomly switch fonts while typing.  It can happen mid sentence. It will switch to a Chinese font and start typing characters such as this "¿ ¿".  After this happens you can not use backspace to delete the font, windows will "ding" every time backspace is pressed.  It used to switch to a different Chinese character font until i uninstalled it. Now it typically switches to Dotum. I have gone through and removed all the language packs.  Any ideas?

Edit: I've noticed it happening when the user corrects an error using backspace.

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Hello,

check out the Language Bar settings. By default, the key combination Alt-Shift will switch between keyboard layouts. Maybe this is still active and triggers the change. In Windows XP go Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages tab > Details button. Remove any keyboard layouts you don't want.

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The last two characters in your image above are Korean letters not Chinese. The last word shows clearly that another font is engaged. Is your input method Korean or another East Asian one?
East Asian input methods  do support English within their native input method. The font is not the regular English font, however.

If you want to make sure that no other characters than English are input, you need to switch to a purely English input method (set in "settings" of the language bar, or the Regional and Language settings of the Contro Panel). You must leave the Asian input method completely, to make sure, instead of just switching within your Asian input method to English.
Also watch the language (encoding) in Word. However, usually you should be able to enter with an EN input method even if the document is in a Far Eastern language.

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TetraCW, before you attempt to delete a question, please provide feedback about the comments posted by the experts.
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Hard to tell without feedback from the asker, but comment http:#a37248538 from ppblue makes a lot of sense, since ppblue is not only capable of deciphering the characters but also has a recommendation on how to resolve the issue.

cheers, teylyn

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Thanks teylyn.
A response to any of our suggestions would have been appropriate before abandoning the question, I would think. Makes one feel that help is not appreciated.