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typing accented letters from on the keyboard

Is there a way to type the accented letters from the keyboard, without having to always shift to the mouse?

March 10, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zwalt00

Yes -- if you change the language on your keyboard. A Google search should show you how to do it with your operating system.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cbuntschuh

I tried that, but it doesn't seem to work. At least, if it does, I don't know which keys to press to get all those letters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zwalt00

I don't know what OS you're using, but if it's Windows, check out this site for getting and using the US-International keyboard layout: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306560


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

If you're running windows, you should be able to do it easily from your control panel. Go to keyboard settings and languages or what have you, and switch to US-International. The accented letters, as well as inverted question and exclamation marks, plus scores of other glyphs become easily available.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cbuntschuh

I tried that, but it doesn't seem to work. At least, if it does, I don't know which keys to press to get all those letters.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cheryl1

Make sure you have the US International keyboard selected. To check, lft click on the little keyboard on the bottom toolbar and it should say United States - International. Don't mess with the Spanish keyboards. To accent vowels (á, é, etc) hit the single apostrophe key and, while holding down the single apostrophe key, hit the vowel. You can also create your own shortcuts using MS Word and set them as defaults. For example: to create ñ, I set up ctrl+alt+n. For ¿.... ctrl+alt+?. Hope this helps!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Iago

Acute accents over vowels can be done with apostrophe, and the ñ can be made by typing a ~tilde before the n, but all of these also default to right alt+letter if I'm not mistaken. If you need an umlaut, hit the double apostrophe (quote marks) then the vowel, like sö


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RAMOSRAUL

If you have changed your keyboard into a Spanish layout, it should look a lot like this: http://www.terena.org/activities/multiling/ml-mua/test/img/kbd_spanish.gif

Unlike German, Iitalian and Nordic languages keyboards, the Spanish does not provide the accented letters,because they are not letters of the alphabet! (except, of course, ñ), so you still have to go through the combination of keys. ¿How? like this:

you press the accent, right to ñ, and then (directly) your vowel of choice, Capitals are made by first going to the accent and then shift+vowel

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