[guide] Spanish keyboard and Spanish accents
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How to type Spanish accents / diacritics
This tells you how to load different keyboards in different devices. i.e. it covers selecting different keyboards for a : Windows, or a Mac, or an iPad device.
With Windows, you need to select an appropriate keyboard to type all the required Spanish characters.
For typing in Spanish, for people who already are familiar with the US/English QWERTY keyboard, I highly recommend selecting the US-International keyboard. So in your "Text Services and Input Languages" select : [EN] English (United States) keyboard, and
go under "English (United States)/Keyboard/" select United States-International. Click here for more detailed instructions for selecting a keyboard.
Click here to read about Functions for Spanish on a US-International keyboard. This points out where the function keys are, to enable you to type these characters. ie, where to locate the APOSTROPHE, BACK QUOTE, etc.
Or this is another article explaining OPERATING THE WINDOWS INTERNATIONAL KEYBOARD
There are 3 types of Spanish accents, and a couple of special characters :
|á, é, í, ó, ú||hold APOSTROPHE + (a) or (e) or (i) or (o) or (u)||accent|
|ñ, ü||hold SHIFT + TILDE, release, press (n) or (u)||umlaut|
|ñ||hold RIGHT ALT + (n)||tilde|
|¿||hold RIGHT ALT + FORWARD SLASH||signo de interrogación|
|¡||hold RIGHT ALT + (1)||signo de exclamación|
|€||hold RIGHT ALT + (5)||euro|
One thing to watch out for, is that when you want to type an apostrophe or a backquote, you have to hit the space key after it in order to tell Windows that you're not looking to type a special character.
Click here for further recommended and related articles.
p.s. Using the US-International keyboard has the added advantage, as it also gives you access to other commonly used accents for many other European languages. And all from a QWERTY keyboard layout for those that are most familiar with this. A great asset for those of us who dabble in multiple languages :D
I hope if others have any useful tips and advice about keyboards, that you may choose to also share them here.
Alt codes : Keyboard shortcuts for Spanish Accents
Sorted in type order.
|¿||Alt+0191||signo de interrogación|
|¡||Alt+0161||signo de exclamación|
¡Thìs is véry üsefül!
Nów tryìng tó shów ôff my áççênts skìlls, whîch îs â tôtàl fâïlûrê.
haaaa haaaaa ! Thanks for this laugh, just before I knock off for the evening :D
( Even roos do other things then learn languages for fun )
Functions for Spanish on US-International keyboard
To make good use of the International keyboard, you need to be aware of the functions now available to you.
- The TILDE (umlaut) key ( ~ ) , in the top right corner of the keyboard.
- The APOSTROPHE (') key, and the QUOTATION MARK (") key located on the same key , two keys to the right of the (L).
- And also the (SHIFT) key.
- Then there are the different ALT keys. The ALT key to the left of the spacebar enables you to type "ALT" codes. The ALT key to the right acts as a function key to additional characters on the keyboard. On some keyboards, this right most (ALT) key is labelled (AltGr). And I have also seen it labelled as (AltChar).
AltGr stands for Alternative Graph. It is a modifier key that is now commonly found on many keyboard layouts.
Detailed instructions for selecting keyboard:
Go to the Windows menu.
Select "Control Panel"
- Select "Region and Languages"
- Select "Keybords and Languages", and select "Change keyboards"
You will see something similar to this above.
- Under the section "Installed services"
check for "EN English (United States)"
if this is not selected, then select "English (United States)"
- Under "English (United States), then select "Keyboard", and "United States-International"
- Then make sure you remember to press the
Further recommended and related articles
- Alt codes in type order
- https://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Guide_to_keyboard_layouts_and_input_methods note: I highly recommend this resource.
Also I hope others may suggest things that they have found interesting about this subject.
I made a custom Autohotkey script that lets me type everything I need.
ú ü Ü Ú ¿ ¡ ñ etc.
If anyone knows what Autohotkey is, I could provide the script if needed.
I'm not going to explain how Autohotkey works here, but here's the script.
How it works? Pressing CTRL + ' (in my keyboard, it's the button to the right of 0, zero) makes this character: ’. Now, how do we make the letters? It's easy, if you press "n" and then press CTRL + ' (which is ’ now) it becomes ñ. To make ü and Ü you just add a space before the ’. Hope this was clear.
EDIT: This works with both capital letters and ? and !
I just use the caps lock key!
A simple, open source program (for Windows) called Spanish Accents CapsLock can be found here (German and French versions also available): http://www.onehourprogramming.com/spanish-accents/
p.s. I am not in any way affiliated with the program or website, I just think it's awesome. :)
p.p.s Another thread discussing the same program: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/1356493/The-ULTIMATE-easiest-way-to-type-Spanish-accents
Wow - thank you for this additional information Xristir !
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Operating the Windows International Keyboard
Here is a more detailed explanation of the new function keys at your disposal, with an international keyboard. The common term for these extra function keys are dead keys
The dead keys are highlighted in red. And the Right Alt key in green.
A dead key is a key that has become a modifier key, that is used to type special characters. The dead key when used in conjunction with another key (or combination of 3 keys) will generate a special character.
A Mac keyboard is very similar to the varieties available for Windows. Above is a photo of one of the common Mac keyboards.
However you will notice that instead of (ALT) keys, the keys are labelled :
So if you press the (Option) key, and then the letter you are after, the Mac system will bring up a set of optional characters for you to select from.
So for the keys for "question mark" and "explanation mark" , if you press first (Option) and then the (?) or (!) mark, then other options will be displayed.
- The Exclamation mark is located on the (1) key.
- The Question mark is located 3 keys to the left of (M)
Thus for, a letter like (e) or (c), if you press first (Option) and then the key, then the system will provide you with options for this character to select.
The iPad works in a similar way. Yet you instead hold your finger on the virtual key you are after, and if there are options, they will be displayed.
This is also similar to how it works for Android.