Maybe this is a dumb question but I've searched the help section & FAQ as well at no avail. How do you make the upside down question marks and explanation points? Also the accent marks.. I can do this using the iPad, windows tablet, and my iPhone, but how do you do this with a typical desktop PC? What am I missing? Thanks!
To switch to a US-International. Open Control Panel, click on "Change Keyboards and other input methods". Click on the "Keyboards and Languages" tab. Click "Change keyboards". Click "add". Expand English (United States) and Keyboard, then click on United States - International. Click on OK and apply changes and it should work.
Ahhh so its a different keyboard. It makes perfect sense now. Thanks! Btw, yes its windows. Is there a particular keyboard that you'd recommend. I don't know why I didn't think of this.
I'm not sure if you don't know the key combinations or if it is personal preference on your part, but if you ever feel like using the keyboard for those particular punctuation marks you can press right-alt+? to get ¿, and right-alt+1 for ¡.
Now this is the answer that I was looking for. I thought there had to be a way to do this with a typical US keyboard. I still think that ill go ahead and order an international keyboard for my computer, but this is great to know! Thanks a ton!!
Edited: Looks like KcaJP has you covered in the instructions department, but I'll leave this here anyway.
If you have a standard English/US/QWERTY keyboard you don't have to get a new (physical) keyboard, you just need to switch over to the US-International layout in your settings.
I don't know what version of Windows you are using, but for Windows 7 you go to Control Panel - and under "Clock, Language, and Region" you click "Change keyboards or other input methods" - and select "Change keyboards ..." the rest is fairly straightforward, if you get stuck you can consult the support.microsoft link that someone posted earlier.
You can also just type "change keyboard" into the start button search field and select "Change keyboards or other input methods" to access the same menu. For other versions of Windows it should be a similar operation.
Also note, you will be able to type the accents over letters more easily, but if you want to type a character that you can use as an accent alone you have to type space afterwards to get it to display (so typing this: ' is '+space). Although it isn't necessary to type them alone often, so it is pretty easy to get used to.
The standard Spanish keyboard on Windows works just fine, also, for someone typing in English or Spanish. It installed in the same manner as the International keyboard, which KcaJP described. The letter keys are all the same between the two keyboards (Spanish has ñ of course); it has the "upside-down" punctuation accessible w/ the shift key rather than the right alt, which is a little easier on the thumb.
If you look under the input box for the text, there's a keypad underneath with accent marks. Just click on the one you need when you need it. Hope this helps!
Yes I know this, but I'm looking to be able to type it using the keyboard. It takes too much time to use that box on DL. Plus I want to be able to type these marks other places besides duolingo. Thx
Windows 8.1 - AZERTY keyboard: ALT + 168 ---> ¿ ALT + 173 ---> ¡ ALT + 0151 ---> — —
Well thanks for all the helpful replies! I know it's not Duolingo-related. I really appreciate everything
Here is another website that could help http://spanish411.net/Spanish-Typing-Special-Characters.asp