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Black characters and blacked out text when typing

Question: Black characters and blacked out text when typing

When I am typing I have text characters turn black or whole lines of text turn black. This happens on all sorts of websites and occasionally within programs themselves. I also have issues where text disappears in Browser tabs. I have been trying to figure exactly the cause of this, but I am not having any luck. I notice this with both Firefox and Chrome. I am attaching a screen grab for reference and any system update have been completed. Thank youKevin

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When attempting to type in MS Word 2000 on win98 platform all of the characters are covered by a growing block of black. Temporary relief of this is accomplished by changing format background; but this doesn't last too long. Print preview shows the entire page blacked out. I'm new to MS Word 2000 and don't have the slightest idea what's up.
 

Answer:Solved: Typing characters all look blacked out.

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Help! My laptop is going crazy! Whenever I click on a text box to type something characters automatically are entered, messing up my words and then they just keep typing themselves. Also the scroll, fn button keeps turning itself on without me touching it.

Obviously, I am not typing this post from that computer - or it would look like this

H-el--***p*******************************************!!!!!!******************************************

I have run Norton and updated Norton and it does not detect anything.

Is this a virus? How do I get rid of it??

Thanks in advance to any info anyone can give me.

Answer:Characters Are Typing Themseles Into Every Text Window I Use!

Hello,

Is it just one or two keys that are being repeated? if so, there is possibly something sticking them down.
Do you have a replacement keyboard to test?

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Hi, I am wondering if anyone can help with this problem... I am getting intermittent blacked out areas in various text fields. This seems to happen in many different programs, for example sometimes Windows Excel all the fields are blacked out, other times it happens in Windows pop up information windows, plus other programs too. It seems pretty random and tends to go away after a restart. Sometimes it's the occasional field, other times it's a lot. When it happens some fields are competely black, others it is possible to see some text in. I am running Windows 10 64-bit on a new HP Envy. Any help appreciated Cheers

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Characters are blacked out on all office products and windows screens as seen on screenshot below.  What should I do?Th    

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Question: Blacked out Text?

When I right click on things (the desktop or an icon in the system tray) the text in the white/grey box that appears is blacked out until my mouse hovers over it, why is this?

Image below:

Answer:Blacked out Text?

Any ideas?

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Every 24 hours or so I am having to do a System Restore to a point last month because of this. Suddenly, all system text boxes are blacked out like this. I've tried everything I can think of (not easy to check for driver updates when you can't read the boxes!). Can ANYONE please help me to sort this out for good as it is making my laptop unusable.

Answer:Dialogue box text throughout the system is blacked out.

Hi, when that happens, does e.g. the background colour of wordpad or notepad change too?

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Windows Vista Dell 4120 laptop 32bit

When I type 1234567890 I get 1z2x3c4v5f6j7m8,9.0\
When I type zxcvbnm,. I get 1z2x3c4vbn7m8,9./ with a squiggly mark under 9

Appreciate your help. This is my granddarughter's computer and she needs it for her college work.

Don

Answer:Getting additional characters when typing

Which application are you running when you type the string?

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When typing characters in a windows block, the characters get out of sequence.

Example of correct sequence: THIS IS A TEST OF MY INPUT

Example of actual results: TIS IS A TEST OF MY INPUTH

All characters get typed, but some get ahead of the cursor.

Any ideas as to the cause?
 

Answer:Typing Characters gets rearranged

"Any ideas as to the cause?"

You are typing on a laptop's keyboard and do not realize that your thumb or wrist is hitting the touch pad and moving the cursor.
 

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WHEN I TYPE ON THE KEYS: U,I,O,P,J,K,L,M THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS ON THOSE KEYS APPEAR. HERES A SAMPLING OF WHAT THE TEXT LOOKS LIKE WHEN I TYPE THIS STATEMENT BELOW: THE KEYBOARD TYPES WEIRD LETTERS AND CHARACTERS (this is what it whould say) HERE'S WHAT IT REALLY TYPES. THE 2EYB6ARD TY*ES WE5RD 3etters AND CHARACTERS

Answer:Typing certain keys other characters appear i

control panel/region and language/keyboardsi hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Can we customize a key so that when pressed it will type several characters?
I would use that function to quickly enter my ?user name? or email address when accessing internet pages that require filling such fields plus the Password.

Thank you for any help.
ACA

Answer:Typing several characters with one keystroke

Most browsers have the ability to remember or in some cases predict the username and password of a site you are trying to log in to.

If you tell me which browser you are using will point you to the relevant tutorial on how to set it up.

Also having your password mapped to a key on your keyboard is not a good idea in terms of security.

If you are still interested in mapping multiple letters or words to a single key it may be worth looking at Keyboard Layout Manager - Keyboard Editor Window (I'm not 100% sure it will let you assign multiple characters to one key but I think it can)

Oli

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I've got one of these Logitech mouse/keyboard wireless combis. Last night the keyboard started playing up. Hitting either the T or V keys types both characters. Its the same with C or E and N and U. Other keys cause windows to open, among other random happenings. Rather annoying as some of these characters are in my log on password. If I did not have the Wacom on screen keyboard at startup I would have been up the creek. Running Vista Home Premium. I have changed batteries, and tonight I will try it with a bog-standard keyboard. if this is ok I suppose its time to ditch the Logitech and get a new one. Just wandered if anyone had any ideas.

Answer:Keyboard typing two characters

After a good coffee spill, mopped rinsed and wiped away from a veteran Cherry keyboard, the same double key standards applied. Fortunately this keyboard can be dismantled to the point where separate laminations could be thoroughly dried.But then a veteran like you would notice the wet splash ...... wouldn't you???

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Hello Everyone!
I have a problem with my brand new L20 missing out a lot of characters when I am typing. After searching around the forums, it seems that a few people are also having this problem. I was wondering if anyone has had any luck in fixing this problem yet.

As far as I know, the problem only seems to be in WinXP, (I dual-boot with Linux Slackware 10.2 and don't notice the problem there) and I *think* it might have something to do with the internet. I say this because it is only really noticable for me when I am online, writing emails etc... (Writing to this forum takes a lot of error correcting) :)

Has anyone else been able to isolate when this problem is at its worse?

Also, is it possible to group together all the people who are having this same problem into one thread? I think there are about 3 separate threads where people have mentioned this problem, it would be nice to get everyone together to see if we can fix this.

I brought this notebook for programming, and as you can imagine I dare not try try any coding while this is happening, as it would cause toooooo many problems :)
So please, any help, hints, tips, advice or solutions would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance,

Lee

Answer:Sat L20: Missing characters when typing

This problem only shows up when you type :)))
Hardware workaround: external USB keyboard!

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Whenever I type certain characters another character will pop up with it. For example, I try to type "L" and when I'm not using the onscreen keyboard it types as ";L". There are several different keys this is happening to but it is not happening with every key. This just started about 30 minutes ago. I cleaned my keyboard and it started malfunctioning about 10 minutes after Happens to thw following characters I've found l =;lp=poo=poa= select all and several more 

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Using a Lenovo Yoga 910.  All I want to do is to be able to quickly and easily insert the registered trademark symbol   without copying and pasting.  I use this symbol often and am frustrated that I can't figure out how to insert it quickly.

Answer:Typing special characters - ®

Nomally you can use CTRL+ALT+R   is the key combination to insert the  symbol in some applications like MS Office etc.and ALT + 0174 will also insert the symbol in most places that the CTRL+ALT+R key combinantion does not work, such as in this forum.   Cheers, 

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All
I have a brand new Satellite C50-A-1CK which is perfect for my needs EXCEPT I continually get double characters appearing on screen when typing which is:
A. VERY frustrating
B. Wasting a lot of time as I have to keep correcting words to remove the duplicate characters.

Please does anyone know of a fix for this? It can affect any key on the keyboard and it doesn't matter if I type slow or quick, press the keys firmly or as light as possible.

Have checked for firmware updates but none available.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Satellite C50-A-1CK double characters appear when typing

Hi

I hope that someone can help you and me on this!

I have used other machines for years, I am a reasonably competent typist but have suffered the same problem on my Satellite C850 and it drives me mad.

Also the ease with which using the touchpad to move the cursor about results in the machine selecting the settings sidebar for Windows 8 by mistake.

I have tried changing the keyboard sensitivity within windows but this does not seem to help - just slows the keyboard right down.

Really frustrating

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Hi. I use gedit as editor in my Linux systems (SUSE and Fedora); there I find that I can't type in accented characters like I used to do in Windows.

In the text editor in Windows, even using an English keyboard configuration, I could type in accented characters by entering a combination of Alt+<ASCIIcode>, for example Alt+130 would type in the accented 'e' character; this sequence doesn't work in Linux.

Any suggestions on how to solve the problem ?

Thnx
 

Answer:Typing accented characters in Linux

In GNOME, you can use Ctrl+Shift+u<code>. <code> means the unicode code point in hex. A la hold ctrl, hold alt, type u40 and you get @
 

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Hi guys i have a 3 weeks old mechanical keyboard, so practically is new, and after a while i realised that sometimes, randomly, 2 or more characters are being typed instead of 1.
I would like to tell me please if you think it is something to do with my pc or windows, or it is the keyboard's fault and i should have it replaced.

Answer:Keyboard is randomly typing 2 or more characters instead of 1

Hi try the keyboard on another computer or try another keyboard on your computer that should tell you if it's the keyboard or the computer.

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I have found that my Yoga 900 will regularly insert two characters when I have only hit a key once. I might type "stop" (4 keystrokes) but I find the word "stopp" has been entered. This is not a problem with one key, it happens on lots of keys, as shown in the video:The problem with duplicate characters It seems to happen most if you type the key "gently", so the characters you press with pinkies and ring fingers are more likely to exhibit the problem, but the video shows this is happens on any key -- it is not a problem with just certain keys. I am getting a new laptop because of an issue with the Yoga 900 waking from sleep when picked it up:(My problem with the Yoga waking when I pick it up) I'll see if this new issue is a problem on the replacement Yoga. Note that Lenovo has been great, and is sending me a replacement laptop based on the waking problem. I discovered the problem with keyboard bounce while waiting for my new Laptop.Does anyone else see the issue with duplicate characters?  

Answer:Yoga 900 -- Duplicate characters when typing

I've had the same issue. It doesn't happen often. Just rarely enough that I thought I might be imagining it!

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When I type 2 it comes up 23 and 3 becomes 23w = we / e = we s = sd / d = sd x = xc / c = xcThe other keys react normaly and are fineHas anybody experienced a problem like this B4. I suspect I need a new keyboard but just thought I'd ask in case it was a software problem

Answer:Keyboard typing double Characters

xc

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Hi, hoping someone here can help me...

Toshiba Satellite A60-106 running Windows XP is missing characters when I type. If I type very very slowly then every key works fine. At normal typing speed numerous letters are dropped. This happens in every application and does not seem load-dependent. The key repeat rate is also slower than it should be (I know how to set this; the problem is not with the setting but with the fact that the setting is not being honoured or recognised properly).

Virus/spyware scan reports clean. The problem began suddenly for no apparent reason and does not seem to be associated with any hardware or software changes. Tried starting in safe mode, tried disabling all non-essential services/startup progams via msconfg but to no avail; problem still there.

Laptop has historically suffered badly from overheating, but this problem is not obviously related as it's the same whether the machine is hot or cold.

Any ideas?

Answer:Re: Satellite A60-106 - Dropping characters when typing

Have you installed drivers for an external Keyboard or Mouse? (for example Logitech or Microsoft)

If you boot into MSDOS, does it still drop characters? You can download a DOS bootdisk from www.bootdisk.com

What BIOS Version is installed? Do you have the latest version?

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I have a logik keyboard for pc and this what my keyboard gives instead

q gives `
w opens 'help' box on whatever programme is open
r gives 5
u gives 6
I gives =
p gives -
g gives b
h gives n
; gives '
' gives /

how can this be solved?
 

Answer:Why is my keyboard typing wrong characters

This might help you out!

How To Fix A Keyboard With Wrong Characters
http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-a-Keyboard-That-Has-the-Wrong-Characters

Good luck and let us all know how the repair job went!
 

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Hello a while back my friend spilt a bit of soda on my laptops keyboard, I dried, and flipped my PC over flat on a towel. There was no damage for about a month, but now some key do multiple actions. Example: Pressing (Backspace) now moves the curser to the right one space, turn my volume down once, and then Backspace. Is there a way to fix this myself or would I have to take my PC into a repair store? Or have to replace my keyboard entirely?

Computer: Toshiba Satellite S55-B5280
 

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In my Notebook when i press some buttons i see letters and numbers  for ex. when i type K  it types 7K and J types J8 . is anyone got this problem before? Please help Thanks Bassem

Answer:keyboard typing wrong characters

It is necessary for you to replace the keyboard.It is not sending the correct signals to the motherboard. Yes, even a notebook computer has a replacable keyboard.It's a job best assigned to a qualified computer technician, to find and order a compatible keyboard, and to disassemble the laptop far enough to be able to swap the keyboard.  

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My keyboard is typing correctly in Word but types nonsense when I type in either a browser window or in my email. If I type a web address in Chrome, Explorer or Firefox it comes out as random letters, symbols and numbers and the same if I try to type an email in yahoo or gmail. As I say, it is fine typing in Word. Any ideas gratefully received.

PS I have been into Control Panel and made sure regional settings and keyboard setting are for English (UK)
 

Answer:Keyboard Typing Wrong Characters

Is this a laptop and is the "Num Lock" on?
 

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I have tried changing the language settings in control panel but it is already on english us

There doesn't appear to be an issue with the fn keys
This post was very hard to type

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Windows Vista Home version: HP SR 2163WM computer. This happens randomly whenever I'm typing. Might be in Word or during this message (just happened when I was typing "during"). Suddenly the cursor is gone, no letters are appearing, etc. This isn't the buffer just overloading, the cursor just disappears and I can't type. It's like it jumps off the page, but it's very irritating (just happened again on "like").
Keith
 

Answer:Typing when suddenly no characters appear on screen

Would be hard to say without actually seeing it happen... Reinstall mouse and keyboard driver? I'm not sure, maybe corrupt registry. i'm just guessing, if you can provide any other details please do
 

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My keyboard was working fine and then it start to type the  wrong characters, eg, when I hit the "0" I get "/"  My computer is a Lenovo G530 MT 4446 How can I fix this? Please help!

Answer:Keyboard Typing The Wrong Characters

I have a Yoga 2.  My problem seemed to occur after having problems with Verface. 

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I have a Dell latitude Cpi A laptop running windows xp and the stock keyboard types wrong letters example: When I press the p key it shows the number 4 on the screen. How do I fix it?

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One of my networked machines (XP Pro) has a keyboard problem. The @ sign and the quotes are reversed and also the and # key type incorrectly.I have checked regional settings and all is fine.Does anyone know of any other settings where this can be corrected. I would be very grateful for any help.

Answer:Keyboard typing wrong characters

Are you sure the Regional Info is correct?If you have changed it have you rebooted it?Sounds like the US keyboard drivers / settings at install instead of UK.

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My daughter's keyboard on Windows XP will not type the @ symbol, it types " instead. Please help me get this corrected. She has changed the language input to English United Kingdom and also tried English USA. None of these changes fixed the problem. All advise will be appreciated, thank you.
 

Answer:Keyboard typing wrong characters

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My keyboard was working fine and then it start to type the  wrong characters, eg, when I hit the "0" I get "/"  My computer is a Lenovo G530 MT 4446
How can I fix this? Please help!
 

Answer:Keyboard Typing The Wrong Characters

Try the fix in this link if you haven't already......3 Ways to Fix a Keyboard That Has the Wrong Characters - wikiHow

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I have had Japanese installed on my language bar for some time, but lately when I try to use it, the wrong characters appear when I type in the Romaji. I tried deleting the Japanese IME and re-adding it, but it made no difference. Could this be caused by a virus? How can I fix it? It still works fine on my laptop, it's only my desktop that is affected.

Answer:Wrong characters appear when typing Japanese

Hi nfarrier, Welcome to Sevenforums.

Yes, it can be virus. Did you made any changes on the PC recently?

As mentioned by Yard Dog, run Malwarebyts to scan for malwares. Run antivrus, and do SFC/SCANNOW to check for any errors.

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Don't know if anyone will know how to do this, I know there is a way but can't remember how to do it. I need to be able to type in a phrase, and have another phrase above it (like superscripted) but on that same line right above the main phrase. Any ideas?

I'm using Word 2000 and Window's IME to type my Japanese papers and I need to be able to put the pronunciation for some of the Kanji above the Kanji in case I foget it.

Thanks, hopefully.

stephen
 

Answer:MS WORD 2000: typing text above text in one line??

What you can do is insert a comment.

Outline the word in the document, then click on Insert, Comment.

A comment box will appear at the bottom, type in what you want, then click Close. The outlined word will know have intials after it, and if you hover the mouse over it, a comment box with whatevr you yped will appear above the word. You can double-click the initials to change the comment text.
 

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Lumia 950, Just noticed recently that when I'm sending text messages, the icon for the microphone so that I can do voice to text is gone now. Tried searching around, can't figure out how to get it back. Anyone know?

Answer:Missing voice to text icon when typing a text

Maybe adding your firmware & OS build numbers would help.
I'm still seeing it on my AT&T 950 on the .63 build.

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Hi There,
So when I try to log into any online banking/credit card website, typing on my keyboard produces a random string of characters which do not correspond to what I press. I of course am unable to log in under these circumstances as what I am typing is not simply masked but it really has typed the wrong character. This does not happen on any other type of website/situation, only banking/credit cards. no idea what is causing this, please help!
I am running windows 10, fully updated, I run ESET nod 32 antivirus, updated and scanned, malware bytes, updated and scanned, Zemana anti-logger (same happens when this is on and off (i have tried this) rapport service for google chrome, u block origin extension, https everywhere.

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I've tried searching this symptom using Google but it leads me to other non-related issues. Can I insert a photo image of the problem I'm going through? I'm asking permission.

forgot to add: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

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HiJust a little problem, I was trying to send an email message and I wanted to add a letter inside brackets i.e. (a) or (b). When I did this it creates a symbol of a moon or some other symbol. Yes I'm not joking, how can I stop this? Regards

Answer:windows live mail typing characters

I'm not that familiar with Windows Mail but suspect that it is seeing your character combination as a request for a smiley. You may be able to point to the symbol, right click and see if there is a 'remove smiley' option. Failing that, try using square or curly brackets ([ or {) as a work around.

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I'm on Windows 10. It's all up to date. When I click in the 'Type here to search' field, I can only type two characters before the search window disappears.

This is a fresh windows install and I don't know what is causing the problem. How can I start narrowing down what is going on?

Answer:Search Popup Dissapears After Typing Two Characters

Type into which search field? Windows or a browser?

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When I create a basic table in Ms Powerpoint 2003 with 2 colums/2 rows, some letters are sometimes spaced properly and sometimes not:

For ie, the word "Settlement" in the attached powerpoint document -> The 1st time Settlement is typed, there is no issue
at all. But the 2nd time it is typed, the letter <t> and the letter <l> are squizzed together. Then the 3rd time it is typed, it is fine. Same issue occurs with other words (for ie the word <test> may be fine the 1st time it is typed, then you type it a 2nd time, you get that issue of the letters <s> and <t> squizzed together.

See the attachments (they are the screenshots of the issue)

Troubleshoot:

(x)Changed her MS Windows profile = same issue

(x)Re-installed MS Office 2003 = same issue

(x)Tried in MS WOrd or Excel = it is fine in Word + Excel. So problem is with power point

OS= Windows XP

MS Office 2003
 

Answer:issues with typing characters in MS Powerpoint 2003

Hello,

This may be worth a try:

http://www.pptfaq.com/FAQ00402.htm
 

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I'm unable to type special characters with my Dell XPS 13 with Windows 8 pre-loaded. E.g. when typing "^" followed by "e" one should normally get "ê"
My previous XPS 13 with Windows 7 pre-loaded worked fine. I have loaded all the latest drivers but the functionality is still missing. Is there a setting that needs to be switched on? Or are the drivers still missing for Windows 8?
Help will be appreciated

Answer:Dell XPS 13 typing special characters with keyboard

FOUND IT!!! Press "Fn + Ctrl + LShift" simultaneously to activate and deactivate special character typing

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Suddenly as of this morning multiple keys on my laptop type their own key but also other characters. It mostly is just additional symbols rather than letters and tends to be the characters next door which they type.

For example:
1) typing 'p' gives 'p['
2) typing '0' gives '0-'
3) typing '-' gives '0-' also
4) typing '.' gives './'
5) typing '/' gives './' also
6) typing ';' gives ';''
7) and vice versa
Also num pad is not working!

So in short it's like a number of adjacent keys have become fused to each other.

I have tested this and it occurs in all programs and windows. On screen keyboard works fine though.

I have so far uninstalled the device driver rebooted and let it reinstall - changed nothing.

Can anybody help?
Thanks
Henry

Answer:Laptop keys also typing adjacent characters

Do you have another keyboard you can plug in and try? That will tell you if it's the keyboard (problem will not show with replacement) or the keyboard-to-PC interface (problem will persist with replacement). If you don't have an extra yourself, maybe you can borrow one from a friend /family/colleague/neighbor...?
HTH,
--Ed--

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HP 15-ac122ds Laptop. Certain keys were typing multiple characters. I think my keyboard needed to be replaced, but I figured I would try some trouble shooting suggestions posted in an article by HP. I chose the wrong suggestion to try. Which was my fault, "un-install keyboard drive and restart computer." My computer never restarted! I have a black screen after "restarting" and without the keyboard working, I have no idea how to proceed.  Any work arounds?   

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when type a, types a/k. when typing k, types a/k, many of the keys typing three letters after a single key is pressed.

Answer:new problem, keyboard is not typing accurate characters,

There are a mix of ideas here:http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-...Do not update the BIOS though unless you are certain that is the issue (rare) - get it wrong and you need a new motherboard.EDIT:If nothing there helps it might be a keyboard driver issue. If so, go to "Device Manager" and expand out the Keyboards entry. Right click your keyboard and then Uninstall. Do NOT check any box you see about removing the software.The above is not the usual uninstall, it just disengages the software from the hardware. When you restart the computer it will find your keyboard as new hardware then re-install the software from the supplied drivers. Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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I have an old Dell inspiron e1505 laptop. When the login screen appears I am unable to login because my keyboard is typing incorrect characters.
 

Answer:Keyboard on laptop typing incorrect characters

HI, and welcome to TSG...

You may have the Num lock on. Its located at the top-right of the keyboard above the F11 key. If it is on, there should be one of the four indicator lights illuminated to the left of the power button. The first on, actually.

Good luck..
 

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Hello, thanks for any help. My "3edc" keys are typing incorrect characters. They display different items each time I press the keys. I replaced the keyboard and it solved the problem for a few weeks, then the same problem returned. I do not have the original Windows CD. Moderator note: Log removed and topic moved BACK to Windows 7. In this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic424863.html member was told that the problem is not malware related and instructed to post in the Windows 7 forum OR External Hardware. ~ OB

Answer:Keyboard keys "3edc" typing incorrect characters

Hello,
What characters are being displayed when you type those keys example: 3=$ e=^

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If I type a series of letters on this keyboard it decides to miss out some of the characters and not type them
I just had to go back and correct everything just now

Please help.

Answer:Satellite C660 - keyboard misses characters out while typing

If I remember well some people here have reported about similar issue and solution was BIOS update.
Does your notebook have original BIOS that you got with your notebook?

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I've used W8.1 for sometime and this morning I was surprised to find that typing any character in many programs (for example Live Mail or Chrome) produces a floating menu of alternate chinese characters and won't allow me to have Western original typed on the keyboard. I tried one Registry fix for WLM but it didn't work as a value changed to 0 reset itself everytime to 1.
Any ideas where to look to fix this? It's actually impossible to use the effected laptop as data entry of any kind is now effectively defeated.

Answer:Typing any character now produces floating menu of chinese characters

Solved......I went to Control Panel > Languages and saw Chinese had appeared after my default English. No idea why, it just had. So I highlighted and pressed the option to Remove.

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Hi,
As stated above in the questionnaire, my system was sluggish and I ran my PCMatic scan which would stop running about 40% through the scan. I ran Malwarebytes (free) with no issues found. Removed PCMatic and installed AVG (free) which found some issues and cleaned them up but performace wasn't improved much. My keyboard then began to act quirky by characters not appearing or the cursor jumping around or nothing will happen but the "system busy wheel" pops up for a few seconds before characters appear on the screen.

I came back to you guys because TwinHeadedEagle was so effective at helping me with my desktop 18 mos ago that I was hoping for help.

Thanks, regards and please advise if I can once again get some assistance,
Sandy Lanz
 

Answer:Strange behavior like typing & no characters appear, cursor jumps randomly

Hello,
Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your desktop.

Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them.
Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.
Double-click to run it. When the tool opens click Yes to disclaimer.
Press Scan button.

It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please attach it to your reply.
The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

 

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For some reason, there always seem to be a second delay on the keys on the keyboard, including the numeric keypad. Many times, either a character was skipped or the character showed up twice.
Vey frustrasting as I always have to go back to add or delete a character.

When I run a word program in safe mode, it works fine. Someone told me it may be a software issue as the problem does not occur in safe mode.
I am very careful with the laptop as I am sure there was no spill.

Any comment is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Answer:Satellite L675: characters show twice and keyboard delay while typing

Hi

Try a BIOS update.
I read here in the forum that this solved the keyboard issue similar to yours.

Greets

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Machine approaching three years old and not continually used. A couple of weeks ago, it started missing characters when typing or it will type two characters and then highlight them so when you type again the first two characters are gone. Does this on both the on screen and laptop keyboard. Tried an external keyboard and it too acted the same way.
Here's what I've done - run diagnostics (no issues), downloaded and installed most recent BIOS, chipset, video and all other drivers. Have also in Device Manager deleted keyboards and rebooted with no change. All Windows 10 updates are installed.
Most of the time I have it plugged in and charge set to only charge when battery is approaching low.
Have not removed the battery and keeping it as a last option.
Any ideas?

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Hi all, my wife is Japanese and we are in the market to buy a new desktop PC.
My wife wants a Japanese keyboard, and wants to be able to email her friends back in Japan with Japanese characters text.

How do we do this, do we get a Japanese version of Vista, or Japanese version of Microsoft words.

Anyone be able to offer us some advice ?

Thanks kindly,

Tony
 

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Hello.  This question may have already been posted in the past, but having searched for it, I found no results.For years now I've noticed (in emails mainly) that what was originally accurate text (I'm sure), has some characters replaced with a character-sized square.  Is this due to a simple font issue?  Or perhaps some type of encoding difference between computers?  When I tried to paste an example here, the little square was gone and was replaced with a space.I'm using Windows XP Pro SP2.  Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Square Characters in Text

What E-mail service are you using?What E-mail client are you using?Are these E-mails in HTML?

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I subscribe to "Best of PC World" newsletter, which is sent out via e-mail. On virtually every e-mail, I see characters that seem to indicate that my system can't read what's in the text. Example: "Androida€™s next update will reportedly fix Lollipopa€™s memory leak."

This occurs on both my PC and my laptop (the OS in both is Win 7 Home Premium), and on my wife's VERY old XP-SP3 laptop. The 'a€™' appears to be a substitution for a simple apostrophe ('). Good Lord; all that for an apostrophe??

How can I fix this issue?
 

Answer:Strange characters in the text

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Word shows the number of words in the text on the state bar at the bottom. Can it be adjusted to show the number of characters? Thank you very much in advance.

Answer:Number of characters in Word text.

I don't know if you can change the word count to character count in the Status Bar, but see if this helps.

Select the text you want the character count for (Select All for the entire doc).
Click on the Word Count in the Status Bar.

It pops up this info in Word 2010:

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I have text that is typed between () to be blue and if text that is typed between {} to be purple and all other text would be black in a range of cells.I'm sure it's done under conditional formatinng but I don't know how.

Answer:How do I change text color between certain characters

A few assumptions were made here:1 - You used the phrase "range of cells". I assumed that the range is Column A. I'm probably wrong, but as written, that is where the code will look for the data.2 - There are mulitple shades of blues and purples that can be chosen. I chose ColorIndex 5 as the Blue and ColorIndex 29 as the Purple. I can show you a quick way to determine the ColorIndex numbers for some other colors if you need me to.3 - I assume that you do not have any instances of a set of parentheses contained within a set of braces or vice-versus. If you do, you may see inconsistant results. Let me know if that is an issue.With that said, I belive that this code will accomplish your goal.
Option Explicit

Sub ColorMyWords()
Dim lastRw, nxtRw, nxtChr, nxtPara, nxtBrac
Dim paraCnt, bracCnt, openPara, closePara, openBrac, closeBrac

'Determine last Row with data in Column A
lastRw = Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row

'Reset all text to black - Uncomment to use
'Range("A1:A" & lastRw).Font.ColorIndex = xlAutomatic

'Loop through each cell in Column A
For nxtRw = 1 To lastRw

'Determine number of Open Parenthesis and Open Braces in cell
For nxtChr = 1 To Len(Range("A" & nxtRw))
If Mid(Range("A" & nxtRw), nxtChr, 1) = "(" Then paraCnt = paraCnt + 1
If Mid(Range("A" & nxtRw), nxtChr, 1) = "{" Then bracCnt = bracCnt + 1
Next

'Find each set of Parentheses and color contained text Blue (5)
For nxtPara = 1 To paraCnt
openPara = InStr(openPara + ... Read more

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Hello all.I am looking for a text editor that I can throw my users into that I can tell it to wrap all lines to 78 characters during entry.It's doesn't have to be fancy, Notepad is working right now, but when the users exit the document I truncate the lines to 78 characters to store them in the application.Any help would be appreciated.Ken

Answer:Is there a text editor out there that can be restricted to 78 characters?

Not that I'm aware of, but if you are familiar with vb you could always make a text program that limits the user to 78 characters and allows them to save to a txt file.

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I am running XP Pro on a Thinkpad R50 and after being attacked by some kind of malware or virus, which disabled taskmgr, all drives, start menu, etc., essentially closing off all normal avenues for fixing the problem, I have arrived at the following point, where I am now helpless:

I can boot into XP, although not into Safe Mode, and when I do, all text is displayed using a special character set. The only area where normal text is displayed is in the C: Prompt and in TweakUI. So, while I have run Spybot S&D and installed Webroot Spy Sweeper, I cannot perform a scan, since I cannot read the menu selections(not sure this would help anyway).

I have read some posts about copying the Fonts Folder contents from another computer, which I tried using a thumb drive and the C: Prompt, but I received an "Access Denied" message for several of the files. I assume this is because they are in use.

I will say that, I would like to simply wipe the drive and do a complete install, but the IBM Access function which allows me to restore the computer to its original state does not come up when I press my IBM Access button and, of course, I do not have install disks since this machine is supposed to have the original contents partitioned away for these situations.

I think if I can repair this font problem and establish a connection with the Lenovo site, I should be able to restore the machine to original.

Any thoughts?

Answer:All Text Displaying As Special Characters

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/01/18/i...ad-recovery-cd/Louis

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see this threadclick herecan someone post a reply to this thread with about 220 characters in it; I need to be able to judge how much text I am "allowed" for the form sections; and tell me at the end of the reply how many characters are there.....please....I am desparing with this and will have to do it manually

Answer:length of message-how much text characters

220 characters! Aaaaaaaaaaaaa bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb cccccccccccccccc dddddddddddddddd eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee fffffffffffffffffffff gggggggggggggggggg hhhhhhhhhhhhh iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj kkkkkkkkkkkkk llllllllllllllll

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I have posted help on this topic before, but I can see that my ability to describe what my problem has been was not very successful.Over the past 20 years I have had this problem almost a dozen times and in between the instances that this problem occurs, I have always forgotten how to solve this problem other than to start a new document.I don't know how at the end of the document that I am currently editing has changed, but for some reason when I am editing text, the document will allow me to add additional text at the cost of loosing one character ahead of where I am editing.This is a problem as I do not want to re type the sentence/paragraph.How can I resolve this and is there a name for this so that if I ever have a problem I might be able to remember what this edit glitch is called?

Answer:Editing text without erasing characters in OO

Possibly Insert Mode vs Overwrite Mode?I don't use OO so can't help much more.MIKEhttp://www.skeptic.com/

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Text appering in windows 7 as square blocks. It seems to pick a few programs but ususally it happens when I am given multiple choices to choose from when I am trying to work thru any given program. Kinda like the fonts go for a hiatus when a multiple choice quizz comes in biology class. Just did a fresh install of Win7 and would like to salvage this O.S this time around. Thanks guys

Answer:Text appear in W7 as square block characters

Sounds like a missing or corrupted system font problem.First try the System File Checker:Start >> RunType SFC /SCANNOWClick OK.If that doesn't fix it, boot from Win7 DVD and do a repair install:http://tech.gaeatimes.com/index.php...

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Hello everyone


Can insert more than 255 character in Text field ? .

Answer:Can i enter more than 255 characters in (TEXT) type in M. Access?

Yes you can use more that 255 characters in a text file.

What version of Access are you using?. I am using Access 2013 & below is a copy from the help files that may help you. In older versions of Access you would use a Memo for long text, but Access 2013 now calls it Long Text.

The Memo data type is now called “Long Text”

In earlier versions of Access, we used the Memo data type to store large amounts of text, and the Text data type to store shorter strings (up to 255 characters). In Access 2013, these two data types have been renamed “Long Text” and “Short Text” respectively, and they have different properties and size limits depending on whether you’re using a desktop database or an Access App. Here are the details:

Text fields in desktop databases (.accdb)

Long Text In .accdb files, the Long Text field works the same as the Memo field of old. That is, it can store up to about a gigabyte of text, even though controls on forms and reports can only display the first 64,000 characters. You can set Long Text fields to display Rich Text, which includes formatting like bold and underline.

Short Text In .accdb files, the Short Text field works the same as the Text field in earlier versions. It stores up to 255 characters.

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Similar problem to a previous post:
Parsing text log messages that differ on the last character
Hi
I'm sure this is a failing in my grasp of regex but testing with the .NET Regular Expression Tester isn't getting me anywhere.
I want to differentiate text log lines based on the last set of characters. Suppose my log file looks like this -
2016-08-01 06:22:09 SYNC: Set board to 1 second pulse
2016-08-01 06:27:01 SYNC: Sent a time at message with: Mon Aug 01 09:27:05 2016
Based on the OPN Configuration Guide for Text Log Adapter v2, I think my parser should look something like below; I have removed references to other "categories" of messages, leaving only the "SYNC" type.
message SyncEventHdr with
    EntryInfo { Tag = "SYNC:", Regex = @"\sSYNC:\s" } : EventHeader
{
    string Category = "SYNC";
    string Msg = "";
    string DTText = "";
}
message SyncEventNoTime with
    EntryInfo { Regex = @"\sSYNC:\s(?<Msg>.*)",  Priority = 2 } : SyncEventHdr
{
}
message SyncEventWithTime with
    EntryInfo { Regex = @"\sSYNC:\s(?<Msg>.*?)\s(?<DTText>\w{3}\s\w{3}\s\d{2}\s[:\d]{8}\s\w{4})",  Priority = 1 } : SyncEventHdr
{
}

Its ok when I use regex tester to check for both Regex's, but running in MA, only the second inherited message type, SyncEventWithTime i... Read more

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I have forgotten the simple procedure that is used to embed special characters in a text message. It involves using the backslash followed by the three digit representation of the ASCII character. Perhaps the Esc key is also involved, but I don't remember.

Can anyone advise what the procedure is?

------------------
R. J. Emery
 

Answer:Embedding Special Characters in a Text Message

Hold the "alt" key and type the three digit number. The number for each character can be found by going to START, ACCESSORIES, CHARACTER MAP. Click on the character you want and the Alt+XXX shows at the bottom of the window.

In Word you can also go to INSERT, SYMBOL and make your selection.
 

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Hi

I got an email and that email was composed in English but it appears in some Chinese type of characters in my outlook 2010. Why is it so?
It is only with this email. I cannot ask the sender to resend it.

It's an exchange server email system in our environment. I am not sure about the sender email system.

Thanks
My os is updated with all patches also i am using FEP antivirus.

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I have this problem which occurred this past few days. I don't recall changing any character encoding settings.

Below are sample pictures of the unknown characters.

When you copy these characters and paste it another field, it will be normal english again.

Answer:[SOLVED] Unknown Characters in Some Text Fields

Hi,

Can you check your character settings to make sure that you are set to Times New Roman. Also are you getting re-directed to different sites if you go to google?

Cheers!

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When typing in any Microsoft program, unwanted characters are being inserted, usually after I've typed a character and then moved the cursor to another position. Mostly what I'm seeing are the two characters b4 or b6. I can't make heads or tails of it. Has anyone seen this, or have a solution?

Answer:Unwanted characters being inserted in typed text

I realize these aren't the characters you are seeing, but does sound like formatting. See if these few quick fixes help:

Getting strange ? characters in MS Word: how to remove them

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I don't know if this is the right forum, but...
This is for a school assignment. I need to find out the total number of characters plus carriage return (or enter) in a text document. This is easy, if I just copy and paste it into Word and look at the word count. It's number of characters with spaces + number of lines - 1.
Next I need to find number of unique characters including carriage return (or enter) in the text document. It is a very long text, 167,121 characters. I'm not gonna count them.

I was wondering if there was a free computer program that did that. I'm using a mac.
 

Answer:Need to find number of unique characters in a text

I think you need to do your own homework.

Closing thread.
 

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friend has got a problem with his pc, he thinks its a virus, but not sure. in windows, all text has changed to strange characters, ie boxes, x's and different shapes, theres no proper text and when you type in internet explorer, in comes up as this strange text as well, any ideas?

Answer:windows prob, boxes instead of text/characters

It sounds very much like a virus, try downloading A Squared and all updates, copy the program to a CD and run a2free.exe.this will run an antivirus program from the CD drive, which may remove the virus (if one (or more) exist).Unfortunatly it may be too late and the damage may be done already.Let us know how you get on.Terry

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Please help !! I copied a text file (e.g. sample.txt) to a USB drive and removed it from my laptop hard drive. A couple of days later, I tried to open sample.txt from the USB drive using Notepad. The size of the file and the date is the same, but the file only has spaces! All the text is gone. Is there any hope of recovery? I copied hundreds of files to the USB stick, but this behavior of disappearing txt happened with only about 4 files. I cannot afford to lose the contents, so any help is appreciated.Thanks.- Silver

Answer:Text file characters got replaced with spaces

You know Flash drive will fail after a certain number of writes (Around 10000). They are temporary like floppies. Sounds like yours has reached the end of its life.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_fl...To get the file back go into your Recycle Bin and undelete it.

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I still can't figure out this Windows 8 search function ...

I have a bunch of text files and I need to search for the following string for example within the files:

now()

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to search for this string?

It seems like Windows 8 ignores just about all non-alphanumeric characters when searching.

If I can't search within files for a simple string like the above I'm screwed!

Answer:How to search within text files for special characters?

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Hi all, been away for a long time.My problem is this :I have an MS Access 2000 database listing song titles. I have built a form and added control buttons for "First Title", "Last Title","Next Title" and "Previous Title"These four controls work successfully, going to the denoted record as required with no problems.THE PROBLEM:I have tried to add a combo box using the "TITLE" field only from my form data. Song titles often include the character apostrophe ('), example...."Don't Cry For Me Argentina"When I click in the combo box and select a title with the ' in it I get a runtime error 3077 and cannot go to that record. Titles without the ' in them display in the form with no problem.MY QUESTION:Is there any way to display the song title correctly (including the ') without the combo box treating it as a rem and thus throwing up the runtime error?My db has a number of fields giving info on the song and display on the form.Operating System Windows 98SEProcessor Intel 600E CoppermineRAM = 256 MbHDD 40 GbMS Access 2000 is the db.Grateful for any advice.btw....I only have a very limited idea of Visual and Access Basic !!!

Answer:MS Access 2000 text field characters.

I would do a search of the MS knowledge base, refining it to searching Access 2000.

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I have a question. I've already looked online but I can't find a way to do this. Basically, what I want to do is take a select part of a document and change it (like the Replace feature of Notepad), but instead of replacing it with specific text, I want to change it to numbers, in consecutive order. Here's what I mean (let's pretend that I want to replace L):

Original Text
Sample TEXT L
Sample TEXT L
Sample TEXT L
...
Sample TEXT L
Replaced Text
Sample TEXT 1
Sample TEXT 2
Sample TEXT 3
...
Sample TEXT 100

And help with this question would be appreciated! Thanks!

I'm using Windows, by the way.

 

Answer:Solved: How do I Replace Specified Characters of a Text Document with Consecutive Num

Is this a Word document you're trying to do this in? You may have better luck using Excel. Both programs have the find /replace feature but Excel will allow you to easily number the text by putting Sample TEXT 1 in Excel cell A,1 then move your cursor to the bottom right of that cell until it becomes a bold + sign. Then just hold your left mouse button and drag down as far as you want to go.

The results will look like this.

Sample TEXT 1
Sample TEXT 2
Sample TEXT 3
Sample TEXT 4
Sample TEXT 5
Sample TEXT 6
Sample TEXT 7
Sample TEXT 8
Sample TEXT 9
Sample TEXT 10
Sample TEXT 11
Sample TEXT 12
Sample TEXT 13
Sample TEXT 14
Sample TEXT 15
 

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My husband's desktop icons are jiggling around on the screen and then disappearing. Following the instructions on the closed thread and I ran Panda Active Scan and then HijackThis (under Delbard) but when I attempted to post them (with the extra.txt attached) I received the above error message. What do I do now? Thanks.

Answer:The text that you have entered is too long (241241 characters). Please shorten it to

Attach the Panda log as well. That should cut it down to size.

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Hello,

We have a report that was generated from a WinXP machine, using the Generic / Text Only
printer driver. It is sent to a file by using FILE: as the port. When examining the
contents of the report, it is noticed that some graphics characters are embedded in
different places throughout the document. On closer examination they are Carriage Return
(CR) and Line Feed (LF) followed by spaces. We have tried to examine this file for
a pattern of these characters.

What might be causing this behavior? How can it be made so that these characters do
not appear in the file?

Is there another similar printer driver in WinXP that has just generic ASCII text output?
Thanks
Mike
 

Answer:Generic / Text Only Printer output has extra CR/LF characters

'Print to File' was never intended to be opened and read like a document. It is a file intended to be used by the printer driver that created it. It contains information about margins, spacing, and other items that a printer needs to print the document.
moper
 

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Hello,

We have a report that was generated from a WinXP machine, using the Generic / Text Only printer driver. It is sent to a file by using FILE: as the port. When examining the contents of the report, it is noticed that some graphics characters are embedded in different places throughout the document. On closer examination they are Carriage Return
(CR) and Line Feed (LF) followed by spaces. We have tried to examine this file for a pattern of these characters.

What might be causing this behavior? How can it be made so that these characters do not appear in the file?

Is there another similar printer driver in WinXP that has just generic ASCII text output?


Thanks
Mike
 

Answer:Generic / Text Only Printer output has extra CR/LF characters

Hi

I have a suspicion that in ASCII text outputs to a file, the CR and LF codes are printed with no option to disable as the basic driver has no options.

I played around a bit with some other print drivers (on install choose the printer as Print to File) and found none that would give any readable text from a file, I did re-install the MS generic Print to File driver and looked at the properties, and while this worked for me don't know if it will for you, was that I had an option for Fonts, so I changed to United States 437 font and the resulting file when opened in notepad had no CR or LF marks.

Now this maybe due to me running Windows 7, have not had a chance to test in WinXP yet, but check out the Printer Preferences.
 

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Hi everyone,

I've had a Word meltdown. When I go to open files that I normally open all the time without problems, I'm presented with a "File Conversion" dialog box, which asks me to "select the encoding which makes my document readable".

Nothing that I select works. I just get a page full of random characters, instead of the document I normally do.

I'm panicking somewhat, as these document are part of my university work - they're essential!

Thanks to anyone for your help in advance.

Sneak
 

Answer:Word opens files as random characters, not text!

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Hello,

We have a report that was generated from a WinXP machine, using the Generic / Text Only
printer driver. It is sent to a file by using FILE: as the port. When examining the
contents of the report, it is noticed that some graphics characters are embedded in
different places throughout the document. On closer examination they are Carriage Return
(CR) and Line Feed (LF) followed by spaces. We have tried to examine this file for
a pattern of these characters.

What might be causing this behavior? How can it be made so that these characters do
not appear in the file?

Is there another similar printer driver in WinXP that has just generic ASCII text output?
Thanks
Mike

Answer:Generic / Text Only Printer output has extra CR/LF characters

CR and LF characters are both standard ASCII characters, but they are non-printing characters. They are the "End Of Line" character sequence used by Windows, without which your text file would consist of one single long line.

If your text editor is showing them (many text editors have that option) then you should probably look through the settings for your editor to turn off display of line endings.

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Hello,

We have a report that was generated from a WinXP machine, using the Generic / Text Only printer driver. It is sent to a file by using FILE: as the port. When examining the contents of the report, it is noticed that some graphics characters are embedded in different places throughout the document. On closer examination they are Carriage Return (CR) and Line Feed (LF) followed by spaces. We have tried to examine this file for a pattern of these characters.

What might be causing this behavior? How can it be made so that these characters do not appear in the file?

Is there another similar printer driver in WinXP that has just generic ASCII text output?


Thanks
Mike

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Hi

I have problems inputting Chinese characters. (no problem in viewing Chinese characters though)
They show up as squares in the edit field. But once I hit enter, the chinese character will show up properly.

A bit confusing but I think the screen shot below will show the situation clearer.

Some details here
- Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1.
- 64 bit operating system
- Chinese Simplified Quan Pin (version 6.0)

Appreciate if anyone can help. Thanks!!

Answer:Chinese Characters Not Showing properly in edit text

Check encoding settings of your browser. Is it unicode? (I'm not sure enough).

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Issue: All Chinese characters I try to view in text editors are being displayed as squares.

I can view the file in a browser (Chrome) and the Chinese characters appear correctly, but in text editors they are squares.

Background: I recently installed Windows 7 Service Pack 1 along with many other updates. I had not been installing any updates (yeah I know) but I wanted to be able to edit files with Chinese characters in them, so I installed all the available updates.

After I restarted the first time, I was delighted to see that the characters which were squares before were now legible Chinese characters. However, when I restarted again, the characters were back to squares.

I checked for updates and saw a few optional updates were available. I installed them, restarted, and the characters were back to being legible. I restarted again and the characters returned to being squares.

Now there are no available updates and the characters still display as squares. This happens no matter what text editor I use, be it Notepad++, Sublime Text, or plain old Notepad. The file is encoded with UTF-8 (it's been that way during both when I could see the characters and when I couldn't). It also happens no matter what font I use.

How can I fix this issue?

Answer:Chinese characters display as squares in text editors

My chinese word suddenly appear as Square box

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Hi , Is there any way to type text onto my photos in photoshop without changing them from jpeg format into "psd " or whatever the format is called that is super huge? I want to keep them as jpegs
 

Answer:Typing Text Onto Pic In Photoshop

hi, when you open a jpeg into Photoshop it uncompresses. So a 2 mb file may open up to 11 mb. Photoshop needs to work on the incompressed image. As you see adding text creates a layer, however once you save the image (as a jpeg) it will revert to a smaller size.

Word of warning, resaving jpeg's can have terrible effects, so make sure you save at the highest quality (lowest compression) . BUT BUT BUT remember to 'save as' another file name, so that your original is not changed just in case you change your mind.
PP
 

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I will be typing and all of a sudden all text diappears and I have to start all over.

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A user is using Office97 Word , when she is typing a document and needs to go back and make changes or correct mistakes , the text she is tring to type overwrites the existing text and won't allow for spaces etc... I remember this sorta thing happening back in days I used wordperfect but do not know how to fix it. It doesn't happen all the time, and doesn't seem to matter if it's an new or existing document. I'm thinking it might be some sort of text or template setting.

Can someone please explain why word does this and how to fix this annoying typing problem, thanks in advance.
 

Answer:word and typing over text

At the bottom of the Word screen see if there is a small box with "ovr" in it and is it clearly visable (not dimmed). If so, double click it and see if it will dim. This toggles from insert to overtype mode.
 

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I have Vista on my computer. When I am typing text it will suddenly jump to another section of the page and enter part of something I have typed. It will even enter it in the same font that previous text in that area has used. How can I fix that?

Answer:Typing text and jumping away

First step is to rule out malware. Run a full scan on your system with both your anti virus utility and MalwareBytes.

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Hi, I bought a Lenovo Essential G580 on 15th May 2013. Everything was working perfectly until yesterday when my keyboard started to type random characters. I had just put my laptop to sleep on the night of 20th July 2013 and when I switched on the laptop on the evening of 21st July 2013 the keyboard started typing random stuff. There has been no spillage on the laptop as its safely covered on my table and I am the only one living in my room. Also to make sure its not because of a software glitch, I tried the following: 1. Restarted the system multiple times2. Went to an earlier System restore point. (Tried 5 different one's)3. Refreshed the system4. Took a backup and Formatted the whole hard disk and reinstalled Windows.5. Switched off the laptop for the night and tried switching it on today morning. None of the above helped. So obviously it is not a software problem. (FYI: The Onscreen Keyboard just works fine) A few example stuff which I get when I press the keys: CAPS Lock: WX (When I press Caps lock key it types WX along with it so the pattern goes like this: WXwxWXwxWXwx and so on if you keep pressing caps lock)q: When I press q its types a tab with qwm: its types yum instead of mw: works like caps lock key. Turns on Caps and types WX too.x: same as wBackspace: Backspace deletes one character and along with that presses the enter key too The keys in the middle row i.e.. asdfghjkl are all working fine. The problem seems to be with t... Read more

Answer:Lenovo Essential G580 Keyboard Malfunctioning (Keyboard typing unnecessary characters)

hi bijoy3d,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
What you can try is to reseat the keyboard ribbon (see page 49-51 of the hardware maintenance manual). If that doesn't work, there's really something wrong with the physical keyboard and you need to contact lenovo support for service.
 
 
Best regards,
neokenchi

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I'm looking for a free Windows Text editor, other than XEmacs, that will transpose the last 2 characters typed when I press Control-t. I don't want to swap characters on either side of the cursor. It should be like this:

I try to type the work "this" and get a typo and end up with "thsi" with the cursor or caret to the right of the 'i' so I hit Control-t and then I have "this" with the caret to the right of the 's' ready to keep on typing.

For me this is my most frequent typo. But I find very few Windows editors have that transpose function. Seems like it should be standard like deleting a line of text.

Anyone know of any?

edit: I guess the ones that have the feature will swap the 2 characters as I've described if they are last on the line.. which is fine. The idea is when you realize you transposed the last 2 characters, hit Control-t and keep on typing. Seems like an obvious feature to me.

Answer:Free Windows Text Editor that transposes last 2 characters typed on Co

I can understand the feature being automated, but I've never heard of it being an assignable action, nor do I see the efficiency gain in typing Ctrl+t instead of just pressing Backspace x 3 and starting over...

Walker
Windows Outreach Team

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When saving a notepad (.txt) file, I'm seeing the 'Notepad' prompt saying 'C:\blah, blah, blah This file contains characters in Unicode format which will be lost if you save this file as an ANSI encoded text file' blah, blah, blah.

What Googling this didn't tell me, nor did tediously looking at every character in the file (not finding anything not on my keyboard), I went ahead and saved the file (regardless of the prompt) and still every time I tried 'control + s', clicked 'file>save' or even 'file>save as', the same prompt appeared.

I was about ready to give up, when it crossed my mind. I'd copy-pasted a 'date created' from one of my text files properties general tab. And when I re-read the saved file's characters for the pasted 'date created', I saw a "?" mark ahead of the day date ('?Monday').

I removed the darned thing and saved the document, and I think it again prompted me of that darned Unicode thing.

I re-read the pasted characters again and found yet another "?" mark, this time ahead of yet another following segment of the pasted 'date created'. After a few times of deleting the "?" mark, the file finally saved w/o the darned prompt.

I think I've run across this maybe a half dozen times over the years and finally surmised and resolved this issue, ie; Windows usually never does and even Google sometimes doesn't tell us crap like this.

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Answer:'characters in Unicode format...saving an ANSI encoded text doc

  
Quote: Originally Posted by wguru


Oh well, serves me right for ignoring the alternative (Linux, a stable platform that I'm guessing does a better job at most everything MS fails at).


Well go right ahead and fire up Linux and just see for yourself. Linux comes fully loaded with magic fairies that fix every single problem you encounter. And just like Windows everything is Unicode in Linux! So when you copy and paste into a ANSI document it deletes things, YAY!

Btw...why didn't you just save the file as Unicode (UTF-8) when doing save as? Then Notepad wouldn't have to worry about messing up those Unicode "characters". You get that message by-the-way because it is only software, it cannot read your mind and it doesn't know you do not want those Unicode "characters".

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My Word files are suddenly going haywire. Periodically I will be scrolling through a document, and where there was once text, there is now strange characters. Chunks of text have disappeared.

If I close the file and reopen, the file seems to revert to where it was with no loss. But it freaks me out.

Was also working with some tables in Word and the program on its own started adding new rows and wouldn't stop. Had to shut down.

Software and Adware are up to date. Haven't see this with other programs, but haven't tested it much.

Already tried removing and reinstalling Word. Haven't see same prob when opening same docs on other computers.

Is this a software problem? Display? Input hardware?

Running Word 2000 on Presario Notebook. Windows XP.
 

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When using the standard Toshiba S3 video drivers for Windows XP I seem to be experiencing problems with the display when the resolution is set to 1024 x 768 or lower.

Any text on the screen is fuzzy / weird quality.
If I select a higher resolution the screen is fine with crisp / sharp text.

Does anyone know how to resolve this problem?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Fuzzy text characters on Tecra 9100 with low screen resolution

Hi Simon

Don?t panic! This is not a malfunction or a problem?
The native resolution of your internal screen should be higher as 1024x768 therefore you should leave the notebook running with the highest possible resolution.

This issue was discussed already in this forum. You should check this:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=20874&messageID=77722


Hope it helps to clarify everything

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Hello!

In my work computer (Windows 10 Pro 64-bit) I noticed a strange phenomenon. When I switch keyboard layout to Greek in order to type Greek in Google or elsewhere, it types strange symbols instead of the actual character! This happens in every website when I try to type data in a box or wherever else. If I write the text in Notepad or elsewhere and I copy-paste, it is OK. The problem is I cannot type directly in Greek. The keyboard produces symbols instead of Greek characters! This problem is only in IE 11, in Google Chrome I can type OK.

Please don't tell me to use another browser! Give me a solution. It might be some setting since I don't have this problem at home (see my specs).

Thank you.

Answer:Symbols instead of Greek text when typing in a box IE 11

After examining carefully all settings, I wasn't sure if the advanced settings were correct or screwed. So I decided to reset the advanced settings to default. This did the trick. It could be something with UTF8, but not sure. Resetting to default cancelled any wrong setting and now it works OK.

PS: I didn't change anything else, only reset the advanced settings to default. That's for anyone having the same issue.

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