Fix annoying quote key behaviour in Windows

At work over the past few months I have occasionally encountered a rather strange problem on newly-installed PCs. The problem is quite simple:

  • If you type a single quote (‘) or double quote (“), nothing happens.
  • If you type another, two suddenly appear.

Furthermore, if you hit a quote key at one position then move the cursor and hit it again, both quotes will appear at the second location.

This feature is common to both Windows Vista and XP, and seems to appear when you have extra English-language keyboards added like UK and NZ. I’m not really sure what it’s purpose is, but I found it very annoying.

Here’s how I fixed it:

  1. Open the Regional and Language Options control panel.
  2. Click on the Keyboards and Languages tab. Click on the Change Keyboards button.
  3. Remove all the installed keyboards until none are left except English US. It should look something like this:
    Text Services and Input Languages
  4. Restart your computer.

4 thoughts on “Fix annoying quote key behaviour in Windows

  1. hello, the behavior is not intended for getting double quotes but to get accented letter quickly like when I type ‘e I get

  2. Ah, providing easy access to accented characters would explain it. But the one keyboard you have installed – is it English US?

  3. He most likely has the English US keyboard installed as that is the default layout used in Holland.

    Thank you for these instructions.

  4. THANK YOU. This thing has plagued me for the past 2 days and made coding almost unbearable.

    I had no idea how it was turning off and on.

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