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How to type French letters and accents.

Other day I was searching for a way to type the letter "æ" and I find that the Windows keyboard layout called "Canadian Multilingual Standard" you can type every letter or accent of the French, even with an US keyboard even though a little more difficult. here is the CMS layout http://goo.gl/EIiRVt

so to type æ you hold right control and press A. to œ you hold right control and press E. to ^ accent you press ^ then press the vowel. to ¨ accent you hold shift +^ then press the vowel. to ù hold right alt press ^ then press U.* to use « and » you hold right alt and press Z or X respectively.

the letters: É, È, Ç, and À have them own keys.

  • in some keyboard that have Ù key between the left shift and Z. sorry my bad English.
4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
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Thanks! this helps a lot! I couldn't figure out how to write the accents either :) And your English is great :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PumpkinGhoti

Thank your! I'm glad for have helped.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/masynk
masynk
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:) I'm also learning Spanish so I'll have to figure out how to make those accents :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

I have written a free program for writing accented letters in French, Spanish, Italian and German because I was sick of typing in funny control sequences: http://spanishplus.tripod.com/acento/index.htm#TopOfPage Here's my tutorial video http://youtu.be/qvTPZQ4j-Z8 You will need the Java runtime environment on your system to run it as I write programs in the Java language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I have a Finnish keyboard and I can type all French and Spanish accents (except ç, æ, and œ)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homa24

Thank you! I sometimes opt to use the app since accents are easier on my phone keypad than on the website but this is helpful!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jmach298

In the windows operating system there's codes for special keys, for example, œ is ALT+0156, ç is ALT+0231, there's even codes for capital letters such as Ç which is ALT+0199. Just look online for a list of the codes, you get used to it after some memorization and it becomes very handy :) I like it because it works on most computers no matter where I am.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amfriesen

I'm learning French and like using the ALT accent shortcuts - I use ALT+135 for ç and various other three digit combinations for the other simple accents for a, e, i, o, c

Sometimes these don't work in all applications or programs so here is something our French instructor provided us which seems to work

é - Ctrl + ' then release then press letter e/a, etc è - Ctrl + ` (above tab) then release then press letter e/a, etc ê - Ctrl + Shift + ^ (#6 key) then release then press letter e/a/o/u/i ë - Ctrl + Shift + : then release then press letter e/i, etc ç - Ctrl + , then release then press letter c

for capitals follow the above procedures but press Shift before the letter then press the letter

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alphabeta
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Under Linux (and probably Mac), use the "compose key". Once you have it switched on in your keyboard settings, using accented characters is far more intuitive than anything else I've tried. To get é for instance, you hold your compose key, press ' and let go, press e and let go, then let go of the compose key. To make it capital, just do shift + e instead of only e. To get à do the same thing but with `. Substitute ^ to get ê, and , to get ç. Try o and e to get œ... etc. Simple and intuitive.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Forgive me if this message appeared twice as it looked like something went wrong with my internet connection. If I am on holiday or on someone else's computer, I wrote an on-screen keyboard that I use: http://spanishplus.tripod.com/french/AccentEditorFrench.htm#TopOfPage Although I use my program when I am at home. I wrote it when someone wrote something similar that I had to pay for and I thought, "I will just write my own".

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cjholloway

When I don't feel like being "challenged", I just find a "free translation" program and use the keyboard that they have imbedded in it (generally a keyboard icon at the lower left corner of the program). Or, I type what I want to say in English and have the program translate it for me in the language that I' m working in. It's a "lazy" way to do it, but it works for me...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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I have created a guide for how to type French accents and characters, that I think people may like to refer to.

click here to go to that guide.

1 month ago