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Some keyboard keys are mixed up

August 15, 2020

I hit an unknown combination of keys that changed my keyboard, and it started to do weird things with the @ and # keys—instead of @ I got “, instead of ” I got @, and instead of # I got a British pound (currency) symbol!

Off to Google where I found information about checking my Windows 10 region, language, and keyboard language settings—but everything was fine and as it should be. My next step was to reboot and see if that fixed the problem, but one last attempt at Google… and there I found the answer on a Quora post.

If you press Alt+Shift, you get a little popup that allows you to switch the keyboard language. Alternatively, go to the System Tray area and click ENG then set the keyboard language—the one highlighted in black is the active one.

Screenshot showing the keyboard language settings

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Word: Apply a highlight to all tracked changes

November 22, 2018

Over on an editors’ group I’m part of on Facebook, Wendy asked if there was a way to highlight all her tracked changes. Well, tracked changes are already shown in a different font colour and formatted with underlines (insertions) or strikethroughs (deletions) by default, but she wanted more.

As she found, find and replace didn’t work with finding tracked changes. So she was looking for a macro. I’m not good at writing macros, but I’m pretty good at finding them! And then at modifying them for my purposes. A quick search found two possibilities:

I tested them both on an 80p Word document with some 1450 revisions — the first one worked well and quickly (less than 1 minute), but accepted all my track changes and applied a dark green highlight, which I found hard to read. The second was either still going after an hour, or had hung. Whatever, it had stopped Word and I had ‘not responding’ in the title bar. I ‘killed’ Word and decided to only go back to that one if I couldn’t make the modifications I wanted to the first one.

Meantime, I modified the first macro to NOT accept all the track changes and to change the highlight colour to pink instead of the dark green. Here’s my version of that macro in case it ever disappears from the intertubes at that website. Full credit goes to the macro author ‘nixda’.

If you intend using this macro, copy and paste it — some of the lines may go off the page and you’ll miss this information if you type it.

Sub Tracked_to_highlighted()

' Macro provided by nixda, 18 Sep 2014, https://superuser.com/questions/813428/convert-tracked-changes-to-highlighted
' Adapted by Rhonda Bracey, CyberText Consulting Pty Ltd, 22 Nov 2018, 
' to not accept all track changes and change highlight colour to pink
    tempState = ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions

' Turn off track changes
    ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions = False
    For Each Change In ActiveDocument.Revisions
        Set myRange = Change.Range
        ' myRange.Revisions.AcceptAll
        myRange.HighlightColorIndex = wdPink
    Next
    ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions = tempState
End Sub

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