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How to change function of a keyboard key?


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I have moved from a $ area to a £ area and would like to dedicate a key on the keyboard to "£"-- maybe "[" or "]". Can it be done?
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Um...?

Change the option in Windows to United Kingdom (under Regional and Language Options in the Control Panel) and then you can access the £ sign by pressing Shift and 3.
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Many thanks, Neil.
Is it not possible to asign £ to just one key?
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It might be, but its far quicker to change the keyboard layout (and optionally replace the keyboard with a european/UK version).

I'm assuming you're using a US keyboard layout. A standard US keyboard, for whatever reason, doesn't include the AltGr or any "dead keys", and thus offers no way of inputting any sort of diacritic or accent. It also doesn't offer the £ sign or the € sign (as apparently "you don't need them"). The US International keyboard shows you what to press to get these signs, but Windows still assumes a standard US keyboard until you tell it otherwise.

See http://en.wikipedia....board_layout#US for the differences. Also scroll this Wiki entry up a bit for how it varies between the UK keyboard layout and the US layout.
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Thank you, Neil, for your help and explanation. Looks like i'll have to get a new keyboard!
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