Get rid of the É instead of question mark

Get Rid of É on Keyboard

Find yourself typing away and go to hit the Question Mark and have É instead?

  • press CTRL+SHIFT (press CTRL first and while holding press SHIFT, sometimes you have to do it twice in a row to disable.)

Should be back to normal keyboard. To disable permanently read below.

Disable permanently:

  1. There’s two ways to do this. Right click on the keyboard icon and left click Settings. Select the “Advanced Key Settings” tab. Click the “Change Key Sequence” button and select “not assigned” from . Click OK a few times and you’re done.
    change keyboard settings
  2. If you cannot locate the keyboard icon you can get at this through the control panel.
    • Go to Regional and Language control panel.
    • Select the keyboards and languages tab and click the change keyboards button.

This takes you to the language settings described in step 2 above.


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  1. If it didn’t work for you it may be because you went through your control panel and changed the key sequence to “not assign” and “not assign” before pressing ctrl + shift to make your keyboard go back to normal.

    You need to first see what your key sequence is to make your keyboard go back to normal Control Panel > Language and Regions > change keyboard > change sequence. Then you press that key sequence once your keyboard is back to normal, then you may click “not assign” to disable your keyboard from change the key functions.

  2. Hi again Patrick, Please note that I managed to solve the problem. In the end, I simply shut down the computer and re-opened it and it must have gone back to default… I can’t believe that I never thought of the old “re-boot” in the first place. Using IT Help 101!

    Thank you for looking into it for me!

    ??? (just to prove that it worked :-)


  3. Hi Patrick, unfortunately this didnèt work for me. Do you have any other suggestionsÉ (As you can see the apostrophe and question mark are not working, as they still are showing french accents, even though I only have the Canada-U.S. language and the International U.S. language chosen (nor French language). I live in Canada. Any other thoughtsÉ

    Not sure if it matters; but I am using an Acer Aspire One computer. It was working fine until I hit something by accident and then I messed around with the languages, as per your suggestions.

    The odd thing is that the symbols work properly when I am in Word 2003 (yep, a bit old); but not in my Yahoo emails or when I complete forms online. Please advise.

    Thank you!

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  5. THANK YOU!!!
    This has been driving me nuts for months. It’s such a relief to permanently solve this problem.

  6. Thank you so much. I did a lot of searching over the Internet before I came across your simple instructions to permanently disable that feature.

    I was able to get my HP keyboard to disable the French key and have a question mark by using your website suggestion.

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