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How does one type an upper case "ç" using windows 7 french(france) input method?

How? Does one of the other french keyboard layouts have it?

Also, do you know where the keyboard layouts used are described? The preview button does not show characters accessible with shift and alt-graph.

June 23, 2012



From within Control Panel - Region settings, install the US-International keyboard as an alternate layout, then you can "compose" accented characters by pressing them in sequence e.g. '+c=ç or "+e = ë

NB if you want to type one of the ' " `^~ characters by themselves you'll have to type them followed by a space otherwise they'll wait for you to type the next character to know whether they're needed to modify it. If you type '+T or similar then it won't do anything.


Ah, very helpful, probably going to switch to US international now. I still wonder if there's a way to get the uppercase accented letters on the French keyboard.


I'm rather curious myself. Also knowing how to type upper case à and é would be useful too. If you do a google image search for "french keyboard" one of the first results will be a french keyboard with the shift and alt graph. It doesn't seem to be entirely accurate though... hopefully somebody out there knows better!


On a French keyboard you have to use Alt+ key codes to get them. You can also set the keyboard to Canadian French which also gives you a shiftable é, or Canadian French (Legacy) which gives further accented vowels, or Canadian Multilingual Standard ... NB all the Canadian keyboards are QWERTY rather than AZERTY.

If you want to play around with these and see what's on each keyboard, just run the on-screen keyboard (type 'Keyboard' in the Start.Run box) and that will show you what`s going on.

If you have a QWERTY keyboard then toggling between regular US and US-International is probably the easiest.


Thanks Gersois. The on-screen keyboard tip is very helpful. For the alt code, I didn't know at first that I have to type the numbers on the keypad, not the numbers above the letters (ALT+128). And, I found this: http://www.alt-codes.net/french_alt_codes/ I have a hard time believing that French people use Alt key codes to type Ç: I want to use the French keyboard so that I can learn to use the French keyboard. When it is safe, I venture outside of my house, and I might have to use a keyboard that isn't mine. Maybe they don't use this layout from Microsoft in France.


From what I understand, it's only the French Canadians who are anal about using uppercase accented/ characters. In what contexts are you seeing/using Ç etc?

There are some additional French keyboard options that work for some accents, by using the AltGr (right Alt) button together with 2 (~), 7(`) etc and then using the shift key to capitalise the desired letter.

If you're working in Microsoft Word (and certain other software) then you can type CTRL + "," then SHIFT + "c".

I've long had a couple of special codes memorised e.g. to type £(ALT+0163) etc on US keyboards. Most of these keyboard layouts go back pre-Microsoft, and I'm surprised the French government hasn`t specified any requirement for keys for any of these characters in all those years. The Portuguese (Portugal) keyboard has a dedicated ç/Ç and handles all the other French accents but it's QWERTY based.

There's a variety of other methods, such as using CharMap application, or keeping a source document with the characters pre-typed to copy/paste or a specialised webpage like www.CopyPasteCharacter.com


On a Mac, type shift+option+c=Ç


I'm typing into duolingo lesson pages. I'm a total novice. A sentence in one of the early lessons which you are supposed to type is: Ça va. Ooh. Interesting, with french keyboard layout on my mac US 9 key is ç and option+9 is Ç. And GNOME has French macintosh keyboard layout, which somehow ends up with right alt + 9 being Ç

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