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Spanish keyboard?

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Hi,

Whenever I do activities in Duolingo Spanish, I usually skip the accents for lack of time. I sometimes press the buttons given, but I usually find them very tedious.

Does someone know how to quickly be able to use accents for Duolingo activities (like enabling a Spanish keyboard) in Windows (8.1)?

Doing this would really help, thanks in advance.

3 years ago

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Okay, thanks. I can't look at this now, but I definitely will later!

3 years ago

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Installing either the International or Spanish keyboard works very well. If you like, you can then toggle between English and Spanish (or International) w/ just a double keystroke, but the Spanish keyboard is so convenient that it's easy to forget to switch out of it. Elizabeth261736 has given a link that contains instructions. [added] I have not done this on Windows 8 (but rather Windows 7); I would be glad to help you with this if you need it, as my wife has a Windows 8.1 machine that I can try things out on, should you run into problems.

3 years ago

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Really? That's shocking how it's so convenient! And thanks so much for offering to help that much.

I'll tell you if I run into problems.

3 years ago

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BOOM! Just hold your caps lock down and press the desired letter for accents - http://www.onehourprogramming.com/spanish-accents/

3 years ago

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Thanks, but since I'm already used to not double tapping or holding the CapsLock key, I might just want to map it myself differently, or use the key-codes.

Thanks again though.

3 years ago

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You're welcome. It actually works just like the shift key with capital letters. It's really easy. Definitely much easier than typing in the codes every time.

3 years ago

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Okay. Are you a constant user of it?

3 years ago

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Yes, absolutely. Haven't had a problem with it.I was skipping the accents, like you, before I started using it. Now, I am pretty good about it. I'd at least give it a shot, it's a small program (open source) and you can always remove it if you don't like it. One note, if you want to use the caps lock for its original purpose, just tap it twice to toggle on/off.

3 years ago

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Just curious...did you try it out?

3 years ago

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No, I actually forgot about it. But thanks for reminding me. I want to try the key codes, but if that doesn't work, I'll install this.

Thanks again.

3 years ago

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I am assuming you are from the UK but this may not be true.

I use the Alt-Gr key for most. So hold Alt-Gr and press e for é.

¿dónde está ?

I memorise some keycodes so that I can work without mapping in keyboards (so much so my spanish colleagues are amazed I can write them with inadequate keyboards :-) ).

Alt + 0121 = ñ

Alt + 0191 = ¿

NOTE: this is the original Alt key rather than Alt-Gr and you have to press the numbers on the numeric keyboard assuming you have one.

These things enable me to keep my hands on the keyboard.

3 years ago

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Sorry, I'm from the U.S.

Where is the Alt-Gr key? Is it on U.S. laptops?

Alt-0121 brings me "y" and Alt-0191 brings me "¿"

Should I map, would it be faster?

Thanks for all your help!

3 years ago

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http://www.spanishnewyork.com/spanish-characters.html

...should help. You can try mapping your keyboard, you may find this easier in the long run especially if you only use this the laptop for your spanish studies.

I prefer the memorization technique because I can use the correct accents from any pc anywhere (in the UK) without modification.

The Alt- gr key if present is to the exact right of the space bar.

3 years ago

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I'll look at that when I have the time, thanks.

I might want to map my keyboard, but being able to use shortcuts from any PC is a plus, so I might just want to find out the shortcuts and memorize them.

I have two Alt keys by the space bar. When I use the one on the right and press e, it opens the dropdown options bar in my browser.

I'll probably just look up the shortcuts and use them. But thanks again.

Here's a lingot.

3 years ago

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Thank you very much.

Buena suerte :-)

3 years ago