I would really appreciate it if there was a way to type the special characters without needing to use my mouse. Am I just missing it??
On a Mac: Type the accent first, then the letter. Option-e gives you ´, then typing "e" will give you é, or similarly for á, í and ó. Option-(backtick) gives you è, à, etc. Option-n gives you ˜ for ñ.
Note this is all just standard OS-specific stuff for typing special characters, and I'm sure you can find complete lists online for both Mac and Windows. You'll find you can use them in your forum posts, Word documents, note-pad etc. It feels really clunky at first, but eventually it will become much faster than using the mouse.
~n = ñ / 'c = ç will not work for German Keyboards. You have to use ALT+charactar code Another solution is: MSKLC.EXE from Microsoft http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665.aspx
With this tool you can add you own Keyboard-Layouts