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Keyboard problem: The £ symbol appears when I press the  # key. I

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I need the # symbol, but cannot find it. When I press the # key the pound sign appears (£)

I need to be able to print the # symbol!

Dell Inspiron 1501. OS Windows XP home Edition.
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by:djcanter
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sounds like your keyboard is on UK, not US english layout.

you can change by following:

Instructions for Windows XP

    Click Start and then Control Panel
    In Control Panel, if you are in Category View, click on Switch to Classic View (top left corner)
    Open Regional and Language Options.
    Click on the Languages tab.
    Under Text services and input languages, click on the Details button.
    Under Installed services, click Add.
    In the Add Input Language dialog box, choose the input language and keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.
    Click OK twice. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray (located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default). You can switch between different input languages (= keyboard languages) by pressing the Alt + Shift keys

If a language does not appear in the Input language list, the fonts for that language might not be installed. If that is the case, follow the instructions below.

taken from : http://www.conversationexchange.com/resources/keyboard-language.php
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by:pony10us
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Pretty sure you have your keyboard set to English (UK).

Is that the only key giving you issues?  

http://www.uk-yankee.com/articles/us-vs-uk-keyboards-layouts-and-how-type-poundeuroother-symbols
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by:Michael Murphy
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No. There is another key giving me a problem. The 'at' (@) key does give me an 'at' (@), but a ", while the "key gives me an 'at' (@)

With regard to dcanter's advice:

 Text Services and Input languages
Default input language: English (United Kingdom) - United Kingdom.

Installed Services:
EN English (United Kingdom)

Keyboard: United Kingdom.

When I click on Add input language: the Input Language is English (United Kingdom).
The Keyboard layout/IME is unticked.
If I scroll down the options I do see one for (English Ireland)and (English United Stated)
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Try switching to the English (United States)
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by:nobus
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you can test if you get the proper character by holding the ALT and typing  35
this should produce an #

you can always test if the problem is hardware or soft (to start with) if you boot from a live cd, here a couple :
http://www.ubcd4win.com/                              ubcd  Win
ftp://mirrors.kernel.org/knoppix-dvd/KNOPPIX_V7.0.5DVD-2012-12-21-EN.iso      Knoppix
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by:Danny Child
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Start.. Settings.. Control Panel.. Regional and Language Options.. Languages tab.. Details button, and:
set the Default Input Language to English (United Kingdom) - United Kingdom
and, under Installed Services, Add the Keyboard - United Kingdom
[and delete all others, unless specifically needed]

Personally, I also delete any handwriting recognition options too, as otherwise they're just annoying in toolbars, etc.
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Eamonx - what was the solution? or what did you use?
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