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keys messed up in OS 9
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Sep 25, 2000, 04:08 PM
This is a very stange problem.
It started a few days ago, without any particuliar reason. When I type it in the Finder (no such problem when using other applications), the : key no longer writes the : ponctuation sign but it produces the minus sign (-) instead.
The day before, it was the @ key that dispalyed the < symbol, but this time rebooting took care of the problem.
Does anyone know how I could fix this ? (Again, this problem occurs only in the Finder )
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Sep 26, 2000, 11:08 AM
The ":" is not allowed in the Finder. A "-" will always be substituted.

: is used by the System to describe file paths, e.g.


As to your other key issues, if they continue, I'd reinstall a clean system.
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Sep 26, 2000, 02:46 PM
As for the colon/hyphen replacement, lurk was right. As for the @/<, sounds like you might have multiple keyboard layouts installed. Pressing Command-Space (like in Photoshop, etc) will switch to the next language layout in the list. Maybe that had something to do with it?
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Sep 26, 2000, 03:18 PM
Well I must admit I had never noticed before that the colon was always replaced by a hyphen.
The other issues, as I said, disappeared when I restarted my machine.
Guess I'll never know what happened...
Thanks for the info, guys
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