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French OE ligature

I am not able to type the oe ligature (soeur) on my international keyboard and have no number pad on my laptop to use the ALT codes. In Tinycards, I am marked wrong to spell souer (like that), and the program will not let me proceed to another card. Can anyone tell me - IS there a way to type the ligature in my case? Or can Tinycards be changed to either eliminate cards requiring the OE ligature or accept oe as typed? I can't be the only one to have this problem! Can I?

December 10, 2018

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Laptops typically have a NumLk (“Numeric Lock”) key that when active allows the 789 UIO JKL M keys to act as a numeric keypad’s 789 456 123 0 keys. Does your laptop not have a NumLk key?

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferBe1810

Thank you. No, it doesn't appear to. I've tried variations of Fn key + F key, but no luck. No letter key is shared with a number so I think that means there isn't an alternate numeric keypad? I did see things about a "compose key" online but that seems way over my technical head!

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling

What is the manufacturer and model of your laptop? If it originally came with Windows installed, then there is probably some key combination that will provide NumLk functionality. If it’s an Apple laptop running macOS, then you can press Option q to produce “œ”.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferBe1810

I have a Dell Inspiron 13 7000 series.

December 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferBe1810

Runs Windows 10 home

December 10, 2018

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This Dell page shows the keyboard shortcuts for that series. There doesn’t seem to be a dedicated NumLk shortcut, but there is a ScrLk (“Scroll Lock”) shortcut: Fn S. My old laptop has its NumLk as Shift ScrLk, so I wonder if Fn Shift S would work as NumLk for your laptop?

December 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferBe1810

It doesn't seem to. I'm going to switch to using the phone app, because in the French keyboard, the ligature is a choice when holding down the "o". I'm giving you a lingot for all of the help. I really do appreciate your diligence!

December 11, 2018

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Thank you for the lingot, but all hope is not yet lost for your laptop.

If you’re comfortable with using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, you could make a custom version of the keyboard layout that you currently use on your laptop to add “œ” (and “Œ”) to a keypress of your choice.

Alternatively, you could install an app like BabelMap (a more useful version of the old Character Map accessory) to enter “œ” (and “Œ”) when needed.

December 11, 2018
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