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The "pipe" character is missing in virtual machine with German keyboard layout

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop

Symptoms

I am unable to type the "pipe" character ("|") in my virtual machine with German or Spanish keyboard layout.

Resolution

Update Parallels Desktop 7 to the latest build:
  • Go to Parallels Desktop menu > Check for updates...
  • Download and install the update

Workaround

Meanwhile please follow this workaround:

For Windows 7/Vista:
Go to Control Panel -> Region and language -> Keyboards and Languages tab -> click on "Change keyboards" -> add German (Germany) - German keyboard. (see screenshot below)
 
For Windows XP:
Go to Control Panel -> Regional and Language Options -> Language tab -> click on "Details" -> add German (Germany) -> German keyboard.




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