Fix: “ and @ have swapped in Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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On a normal day, most, if not all keys on your keyboard will work just fine.

But there are those moments when one or two keys decide not to function, and the problem is not necessarily caused by sticky keys.

One of these unusual occurrences is when you find that the and @ key have swapped on your computer’s keyboard, and you don’t know how to get them back in the proper order.

When you find the “ and @ key have swapped, here are some solutions you can try to fix the problem on your computer.

How to fix “ and @ key have swapped

  1. Use a different keyboard
  2. Change Language in control panel
  3. Try on-screen keyboard
  4. Update keyboard and chipset drivers from the computer manufacturer’s website
  5. Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  6. Uninstall and reinstall the keyboard driver from manufacturer’s website

1. Use a different keyboard

You can connect a different keyboard to your laptop and check if the “ and @ key have swapped there too. Check out this list of the best keyboards to buy in 2018 to make sure you’ll buy a high-quality peripheral.

2. Change Language in control panel

Sometimes when you find “ and @ key have swapped, it may have something to do with your Language settings.

Here’s how to check and change this:

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings

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  • Click Time and Language
  • Click Region and Language

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  • Under Country or Region, click on English (United Kingdom), and if not there, you can add it using Add a Language button

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  • Click Windows display language

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  • Select Options
  • Check what keyboard is selected under the Keyboards option

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  • Change the input language to English for your location

Did this resolve the problem? If not, try the next solution.

3. Try on-screen keyboard

Here’s how to turn it on when “ and @ key have swapped:

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings

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  • Click Ease of Access
  • Choose Keyboard

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  • Toggle the On-Screen keyboard to ON

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  • The keyboard will be displayed, try and check if “ and @ keys work when using the on-screen keyboard

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Does this fix the problem? If not, go to the next solution.

4. Update chipset drivers from the computer manufacturer’s website

You can find drivers from the manufacturer website’s support section for your laptop type.

Here’s how to update and install drivers from manufacturer website:

  • Go to the Software and Drivers sub-section (depending on the laptop brand this name can change), or search for drivers using Google so you can get a direct link to your device’s manufacturer website.
  • Once you’re on the website, find and download
  • Install the appropriate drivers missing from your laptop that can cause # key not working

Check if this fixes the “ and @ key have swapped problem. If not, go to the next solution.

5. Run Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

If you find “ and @ key have swapped, then run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter to resolve the issue.  This checks for commonly occurring issues and ensures any new device or hardware is correctly installed on your computer.

Here’s how to go about it:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to View by option on the top right corner

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  • Click the drop down arrow and select Large icons

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  • Click Troubleshooting

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  • Click View all option on the left pane

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  • Click Hardware and Devices

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  • Click Next to run the troubleshooter

Follow the instructions to run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will begin detecting any issues that may be the reason “ and @ key have swapped on your computer.

6. Uninstall and reinstall the keyboard driver from manufacturer’s website

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Device Manager

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  • Search for Keyboards and click on it to expand the list

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  • Right click on the Keyboard driver
  • Select Uninstall

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  • Go to the Software and Drivers sub-section (depending on the laptop brand this name can change), or search for drivers using Google so you can get a direct link to your device’s manufacturer website.
  • Once you’re on the website, find and download

Install the appropriate drivers missing from your laptop that can cause the problem.

Did any of these solutions help you? Let us know in the comments section below.

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