When you use the Single or Double Quote key on your keyboard to insert quotation marks into a document, you may have noticed that the Quote key is not working on Windows 11/10 properly. And this can frustrate you when you are in the middle of typing up your document and you need the quotation mark right away. If you also face this problem, then in this article we will discuss how to fix the issue where your Single or Double Quote key is not working in Windows 11/10.
The reason behind the Quote key not working in Windows 11/10
Below are some reasons why the Quote key not working in Windows 11/10.
- The first reason is when your keyboard language is set to any other language than English. Then this problem may occur.
- This also happens when there’s a problem with the drives for your keyboard. Or else when you installed a new driver or updated an existing one, then this could be the cause of the problem.
Single or Double Quote key not working in Windows 11/10
Here are some ways that you can try to fix the issue with your single or double quote key:
- Remove all keyboard layouts except the US (QWERTY)
- Remove and re-add the US (QWERTY) keyboard
- Use the On-screen keyboard
- Create and Use a New Local Account
- Uninstall the Hotkey Application
Before you begin, check if the keys or keyboard have broken physically somewhere. If there is a physical impact, there is nothing much you can do. You need to carry this laptop to the service center.
1] Remove all keyboard layouts except the US (QWERTY)
Any keyboard except US (QWERTY) can be the reason why the quote key not working. So, to remove this issue follow the below steps.
- Click on the Window icon and go to the Setting
- Click on the Time & languages settings shown on the left pane
- In Time & languages click on the Language & region
- Now, go to the Language section
- Click on the three dots next to the English (United States) option
- Click on the Languages options
- Now, in the keyboard section if the US (QWERTY) keyboard layout is not installed, then install it by clicking on the Add a keyboard
- Now, remove all the other keyboard layouts except US (QWERTY) by clicking on Remove
- Close the settings and try to type quotation mark [“]
If still Quote key not working on your PC then switch to the next step.
2] Remove and re-add the US (QWERTY) keyboard
If your Quote key not working try to remove and re-add the US (QWERTY). Here are the steps on how to remove and re-add it.
- Press the Window icon + I keys together to open Settings
- Click on the Time & language settings on the left pane
- In Time & languages settings click on the Language & region
- Now, click on the three dots next to the English(United States)
- Then, click on the Language options
- Now, In the keyboard section check if there are any other keyboards added than the US (QWERTY)
- If there are no other keyboards, click on the Add a keyboard button and add one keyboard
- Now, click on the three dots next to the US (QWERTY) and click on Remove
- After removing it re-add the same keyboard by clicking on the Add a keyboard
- Now, open the notepad and try to type Quote mark[“]
3] Use the On-screen keyboard
After using the above two steps if you still facing troubles with your quote key, then you can use your On-screen keyboard. Here are the steps on how to do that.
- Click on the Window icon and then open the Settings
- Click on the Accessibility option on your left pane
- Under Interaction click on the Keyboard
- Now, turn On the button to enable the On-screen keyboard option
- After turning the button On the On-screen keyboard will appear on your computer display
- Now, you can quickly type Quote marks by using the mouse or taping on a touch screen
This is not a permanent solution, but it will be helpful when you are in the middle of writing the document and the Quote keys are stops working. If your On-screen keyboard is not working then you can follow the below article.
4] Create and Use a New Local Account
You can create and use a new local account in case your quote key not working in Windows 11/10.
- Click on the Window + Q keys together, then type the command prompt in the search bar
- Click on the Run as administrator, type the below command, and press Enter
net localgroup Administrators <username> /add
- Replace the <username> with the name which you want
- Now, log in to windows using this account, and try to type[“] in the notepad.
Read: What is the Keyboard shortcut for Undo and Redo?
5] Uninstall the Hotkey Application
Hotkeys like AutoHotkey and Sharpkey can also cause the problem and by uninstalling them you can fix this problem. Here is how to uninstall the hotkeys.
- Press the Window + R keys together to open Run
- Now type the appwiz.cpl in the run terminal and click OK
- A list of the installed software will appear on your computer screen
- Look for any Hotkey application and click on Uninstall by right-clicking on the application
- Now, click on Uninstall again to uninstall the application from your computer
- Now, restart your computer once and try to type the [“] mark on the notepad.
Hopefully, the above steps will resolve the quotation typing problem on your computer.
How do I fix double quotes and apostrophes in Windows 10?
The below points show you how to fix double quotes and apostrophes in Windows 10.
- Click the Window icon and open the Settings
- Click on the Time & language
- Click on the Region & language
- Now, click on the English(United States) language
- Then click on the Options
- Now, click on the Add a keyboard and then add US(QWERTY) keyboard
- Now, you need to click on the international keyboard and then click the Remove button
- Finally, restart your computer to check if the settings have worked
How do I reset my keyboard on Windows 11?
You may have some software changing the way your keyboard functions. Or maybe you added some custom keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys, and now want to reset Keyboard settings to original defaults. If your laptop keyboard keys are not working the way they should be, then maybe it is time you reset your keyboard keys to default settings via the Control Panel and Settings.