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Strange behavior when typing quotes ' "

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musicelect Calculating status...
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Mar 15, 2011 10:32 PM
Last night I began experiencing some strange behavior with single ' and double " quotes. When I type a single or double quote an underline appears under it and seems to be waiting for additional input. Inside Dreamweaver, if I type text after the quote it becomes a closing single or double quote. Outside Dreamweaver no other quotes appear, but I get a beep from the system like I tried to do something illegal when I press an arrow key. I have to press the space bar twice to actually enter a space following a quote. Other text is entered immediately. The screenshots below show the strangely underlined quotes.

In a finder window the quotes receive an orange background:

Furthermore, if I type a single quote followed by the letter (a, c, e, o, i, u, A, C, E, I, O, U) I get a special character like:

These special characters can be created normally in OS X by typing option or option+shift and the letter. I'm not sure why the single quote is acting like an option key.

At first I thought it was just Dreamweaver doing something annoying, but I've found it is happening in just about any application that I can type in. I can't think of any recent changes to my system - no app installs or updates. I checked the Universal Access and Keyboard Preference Panes and saw nothing that would cause this wierdness. I'm trying to kill apps to see if one is causing this issue. This is very frustrating and I don't even know how it started. Any ideas?

2.2Ghz MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    Mar 15, 2011 10:46 PM (in response to musicelect)
    Hi Musicelect,

    Have you checked "Language and Text" in system preferences?
    If so, under the language tab, is english at the top of the list?
    Under the "Input Source" Tab is US checked? If it is checked, is Show input menu in menu bar checked? if so, on the white menu bar at the top of the screen is the little flag, is the flag US? if it's not the US flag, dose choosing the US option in the menu resolve your issue?

    if all of the above is set, and your still having the issue. under the "text" tab of "Language and Text" is spelling set to "automatic by Language" and or U.S. English? Is word break set to "standard?" and is both smart quotes set to the first time of their quote lists?

    after changing these settings you may need to quite, and reopen the application to see the changes made. As such you may want to use text edit or some other small text writing application to test with.

    good luck,

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    xserve, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)
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    Mar 15, 2011 11:23 PM (in response to musicelect)
    Try setting the language to "U.S." instead of "U.S. - PC" in the language menu of the menu bar.
    xserve, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 6:41 AM (in response to musicelect)
    Ugh, what kind of setting is that?

    The US International PC keyboard layout is very commonly used on Windows machines to type languages with accented characters. It was added to OS X because so many people switching from Windows to Mac wanted to be able to keep using it.

    If you have multiple keyboards active, it can be easy to switch among them by error via the keyboard shortcut Apple + space.
    iMac Intel/2C2D, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac OS X (10.6), Ubuntu Linux
  • manishie Calculating status...
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    Nov 24, 2012 11:23 PM (in response to musicelect)

    wow, i've had my mac for about 6 months since i switched from windows, and i've had this same problem.  it's been driving me crazy and i've wasted hours trying to fix it, and this solution worked!  i also have no idea how it got switched.  thanks for the tip!


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