Typing French accented characters
Hello everyone, I just wanted to share with you my method for typing French characters. There are a lot of ways to do it like learning the alt codes or switching to the international keyboard layout but I couldn't get used to either of those. I've installed a very lightweight program called autohotkeys which you can get here: http://www.autohotkey.com/ and reassigned my numberpad to display all the characters.
If you want to try this, the script you need to write will look like this:
So whenever I hit the number 0 on my numberpad it gives ç instead. It can be turned on/off very easily too. Anyway, just thought I'd share that. I hope some of you find it as useful as I do.
On my Windows* computers, I use Alt-Codes, e.g. é ñ ° à á â etc... On my Android Phone Tablet, I change the language in the Swype keyboard by pressing the space-bar. Then, the accents are automatic.
- I haven't used an Apple product since I sold my old Apple II Plus and bought my mighty Commodore 64, in 1982.
On windows you should also be able to change to an "international" layout which allows you to enter special character. On Linux (at least on KDE and gnome, as far as I know) you can simple set a compose key to do the same, and I have heard that this is also possible on OSX. So there is in most cases no real need for complicated codes or additional programs.
It's easier for me to use the Alt-Codes. I've known the codes by heart for at least a decade and I can use the 10-key key pad without looking... but thanks.
You may also want to try out the Colemak keyboard layout and use its CTRL+ALT codes, so you don't have to take your hands off the main part of the keyboard to type an accent.
Yes, you'll have to learn a (although not completely different) whole new layout, but it's more efficient for non-accented typing as well, so try it!
I also use the Colemak keyboard layout. http://colemak.com/
It took me about a year of practice before I returned to my QWERTY proficiency for English, but now I'm faster and more accurate than ever.
I made the switch to Colemak in order to improve my English typing, and was very happy to later discover that it's also awesome for many other languages: http://colemak.com/Multilingual
I've memorized the alt codes. At work, two of our three keyboards are English keyboards (even though I'm one of only two Anglophone employees), and it amused the heck out of my (québécois) coworkers that I was the only one there who could type with French accents.