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Letters with accents & keyboard

Are there keyboard shortcuts to use the letters with accents when typing things? It always seems so inconvenient to use the mouse. Thanks!

May 23, 2013



I use keyboard shortcuts all the time during lessons - once you're used to them it's really quick:) Check out http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codemac.html for Mac shortcuts and http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codeint.html for Windows.

You can also search the forums for "typing accents" - this question has been asked many times in the past and there are a lot of helpful tips:)


To change your keyboard layout: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/change-keyboard-layout, you can change it to United States (International), and then use the keys: ",',`,~,^, and then type another letter to get the accents.. :)


If the US International keyboard layout doesn't suit you (it doesn't suit me as I'm in Europe) then you can try using the Microsoft Keyboard Layout creator - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665.aspx - to create a custom layout.

You can load up your existing keyboard layout and then define shortcuts for the language characters you need, e.g. AltGr+n gives me ñ.

Once done, you run validate, build the DLL (installable exe file) and install it. Then choose it as your new keyboard layout.


also, i have herd of the keystroke method. there are a bunch of keystrokes for the accented letters online. but probably reconfiguring the keyboard would make most sense. unless u r lazy like me

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