Quick entry of diacritical marks
Hi, I'm a newbie here, learning Spanish. Is there a quick way, using the keyboard, to enter a character with a diacritical accent or tilde? It's a bother to stop typing, click a diacritical character with the mouse, then resume typing. Thanks for the help.
This Duolingo wiki article should help you.
Depending on the computer, there often are keyboard shortcuts for these marks. On my Mac, for example, if I click Option+e, it will place this mark ´and then it will place it over the next key I press: é. If I click Option+c, I will get this ç. To get the Spanish ñ, I click Option+n to get this mark ˜ and then it will place that mark over the next key I press: ñ. Hope that helps. (I'm sure there are equivalent shortcuts for a PC).
Thanks, Macjory. I have a PC. It was a matter of selecting another keyboard input method from a drop-down list provided by the OS. All is well.
You might want to tell what that keyboard input method is, for others who have the same question.
I was going to suggest using the US-International Keyboard Layout, for anyone who has a US keyboard. How to do that, for the more common operating systems, is explained in the link given above - http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Guide_to_keyboard_layouts_and_input_methods.
I usually just leave my keyboard in that input mode, although it is sometimes annoying when I forget I have to hit the space bar to get some of the regular punctuation marks.