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Windows 8.1-Customize Keyboard Layout

Hello Experts,

This is a two part question.

Part 1:
How do I change the keyboard layout of my Windows 8.1 tablet PC? I am a web designer. My MacBook Pro took a crap on me, finally, after 8 years ;). I do not have a physical keyboard to type with, so the on-screen QWERTY keyboard is a pain to design PHP scripts with. In essence, the amount of keystrokes required to input a simple "<" character is tripled.

I noticed the PC has two keyboards, kind of... It has the keyboard I am using to type this post with and then it has an app called "On-Screen Keyboard". I do NOT want to change the layout of the app. I want to change the layout of the main keyboard. I'd like to have the following characters available without having to use any extra keystrokes, so coding HTML, PHP and CSS is much user friendly on this Windows tablet:
< > { } " ' $ & _ = ; :

Part 2:
According to this website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/create-your-own-keyboard-layout I can change the layout, but I need to install the .NET Framework 2.0. The link brings me to a page with several download options, and I do not know which one I should choose. Which one should I use?
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rindiCommented:
Have you connected an external keyboard already? In the control panel under "Language" you can set the keyboard lasyout to correspond with the language layout of your external keyboard. There is no need for .net for that, it is part of the OS, but sometimes some additional language options may have to be downloaded from the windowsupdate site.
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extremedesign413Author Commented:
@rindi:

My tablet does not have any USB ports, other than the micro USB port used to charge it. Is there a way to hook up an external keyboard maybe via the micro USB port. I bought the tablet for $100.00, and for the price I paid, I am satisfied with it.
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rindiCommented:
There are adapters for micro USB ports. I think you should be able to connect an external USB keyboard to it. But you should be able to find that info in the tablet's manual.

Otherwise, if your tablet has bluetooth, you can connect a bluetooth keyboard (and mouse).
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extremedesign413Author Commented:
@rindi:

I purchased a cheap (both in price and in construction) Bluetooth keyboard. It works really well. It's almost like I have an 8" laptop!! This tablet was worth the $100.00 price for sure!!
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rindiCommented:
It would probably also be a good idea to get a bluetooth mouse. Using a mouse is easier most of the time than fingering around on the screen in my point of view.
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