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    Alternate characters stuck on.
    After playing around with the alt,cmd and shift key to access all the alternate characters on a keyboard for a project, I am now stuck with pages that are all characters with a box round that describes what is inside the box. I have reset browser and keyboard settings. No luck. Please help

    Please find a link to the image that explains the situation better.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpdj3dqskdgyz79/Screen%20Shot%202014-06-05%20at%2007.14.01.png


    Many thanks

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    Messing around with all of those modifier keys...maybe a preference setting got triggered/changed. I would try an NVRAM/PRAM reset:

    About NVRAM and PRAM

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    I should of mentioned that I have already performed a PRAM reset. No luck!

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    Ok...if you tried anything else...please tell us.

    Maybe try this. Go to:

    - Apple Menu
    - System Preferences
    - Keyboard
    - Keyboard Shortcuts tab
    - Restore Defaults button

    Give this a try...maybe it will help.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    No luck.

    I don't know what to google to even try and help myself?

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    - What sort of computer are we talking about (desktop, laptop)?
    - What OS version are we talking?
    - Are you using any sort of plug in USB keyboard? I found a couple internet threads where folks using an external NON-APPLE keyboard having this problem.

    * Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    I am using a mid 2013 macbook air running mavericks, with no external keyboard.

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    Try Force Quitting and then an SMC reset:-


    Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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