Keyboard mess up after shift key held too long [Solved/Closed]

 tri7 -

I held the down the Shift key too long, and even after rebooting and disconnecting my keyboard, I still cannot type certain characters, and it won't do caps unless I turn CAPSLOCK key off, and see no commas or periods at al.

Can you please help me?

System Configuration: Windows XP Internet Explorer 7.0

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Hold down both Shift keys at once, and hold Alt down at the same time. That's switching it back and forth between European and American keyboard.

The way I can tell which mode my keyboard is = (in American keyboard), an equal sign, and in European, it's ².

Another way to tell is the # sign. In American, it's a number sign, in European it's the British pound sign (£)

Hope this helps!
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thank you soo much ..... holding both shift keys together solved my problem..... thanks for posting.......
i can't type two on and zero from the numbers on the right side and only five and six are working from the top numbers. also end key and page down keys are not working and i'm unable to type symbols from the top numbers using the shift key. please help.i 'm using windows seven on my laptop
That worked, thankyou.
I clicked something I think by accident and now all my keys are different . However I try it doesn't work I logged of and when I log on it is still not working now I cannot type my password and cannot get in! I can even put on screen keyboard! What to do?
I found that if you hold down both left and right shift key at the same time (did this for several seconds), it somehow solved the problem.

Hopefully that fixed the issue.

Also, go to Control panel, click on accessibility options In the keyboard tab, click on the settings buttons for sticky keys, filter keys and toggle keys and deselect the option to use shortcut.

Hopefully this will help you and other people that have had this problem.
Thank you! I didn't know what in the world I did.
It helped...sort of. I didn't know which key I held down too long, only that I had. I held both shift keys down for awhile, as recommended, and nothing. Since everyone was talking about it being a shift key, I then held down only the left shift key for awhile...nada. Then I held down only the right shift key for awhile and, voila, the keyboard was working again :-) Thank you, thank you.
Thank you.Very useful information
Thank you! Helpful for me.
Thank you. It works.
This is how to solve the toshiba keyboard problem É for question mark symbols and " for @ signs

hold the left ALT + SHIFT for 10 seconds
my sony vaio cs had messed up two buttons...z and y. I solved the problem by holding both of shift buttons and CTRL. thanks for all advices on that website!!!
I pressed on fn + numlk and it worked for me, hope this helps.
For windows 7, look up in the search bar "change how your keyboard works" I think it's in vista to I don't remember.. Then turn on sticky keys. I think if you press shift 5 times then it will turn them on or off.

You could press those 2 shift keys and hold. If it doesn't work you could press those 2 keys alternately. For example, 1st press left shift key then right shift key then left then right. Repeat that for 1 minute. That's all