Accented Characters Short-cuts?

I'm wondering if there is a way to use any hot key short cuts for the timed quizzes. I'm finding I'm spending a bit of my time clicking on the on-screen characters!

April 15, 2013


Try US (International) keyboard layout. It adds special symbols while keeping the entire US keyboard layout. See (scroll to the third picture) or

April 15, 2013

you could either copy them from somewher else or use these codes (type the number with alt on) 128 Ç 129 ü 130 é 131 â 132 ä 133 à 134 å 135 ç 136 ê 137 ë 138 è 139 ï 140 î 141 ì 142 Ä 143 Å 144 É 145 æ 146 Æ 147 ô 148 ö

April 15, 2013

There are Alt codes (¿for windows only?)

Alt + 225 = ß

Alt + 132 = ä

Alt + 148 = ö

Alt + 129 = ü

The following site has examples for the german capital letters and alternative codes with four digits:

April 15, 2013

Change your keyboard to the appropriate language (French, German...). It takes some getting used to (I mess up my "y" and "z" with the German keyboard a lot), but still faster than using the mouse or typing in Alt+ codes. Once set up, you can change back and forth (say from English to German and back again) either with one mouse click, or with Alt+shift.

April 15, 2013

I can't test, but I'm pretty sure also windows and macos support character compositing. So instead of needing to click or use alt and a number, you can use the right alt key (alt gr on some layouts; generally known as the compose key) as a shortcut. Eg. for me to write "niño", I write "ni", then hold right-alt, press 1 (where my ~ mark is), release both and press "no". The same for é (9) and others, you just have to find which key has which accent.

April 15, 2013

pressing at the same time Alt with <some> key and then the letter it produces the modified version (at least for mac os x, and for the US standard keymap).

Alt+produces accent grave ( Alt+ e = è, Alt+a = à , Alt+ A= À etc) Alt+e produce accent eggu (Alt+e e=é, Alt+e a=á ...) Alt+i produces the accent circumflex (Alt+i i=î Alt+i o =ô Alt+i e =ê etc) Alt + u produces ¨ (Alt+u u=ü Alt+u i=ï Alt+u a=ä etc ). There are some letters that are single combinations like Alt+c = ç , Alt+q=œ, Alt+'=æ, Alt+s=ß , Alt+a=å etc). I am almost sure that these are international ISO combinations and should work with windows as well but I cannot try. Also on mac os x you can open the keyboard viewer, and you can see all the possible combinations and the modifiers of the keyboard map.

April 15, 2013

None of the solutions posted are very elegant. I would like to see Duolingo incorporate within the program a shortcut system for Portuguese accented characters.

February 13, 2014
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