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How can I type foreign characters?

For Mac users:
   - For stress marks, use the OPTION key + e and then the vowel
   - For the dieresis, use the OPTION key + u and then the vowel
   - For "ñ" use the OPTION key + n and then "n"
   - For "¡" use Shift + Option + 1
   - For "¿" use Shift + Option + ?
   - etc.


For iPad/iPhone users:
   - For stress marks, etc., press and hold the particular key (a e i o u n ! ?) to allow for the key options to appear and then without lifting your finger slide it to select the desired character. (Hold the World Icon next to the keyboard icon in order to select different languages.)


For Windows 10, do the following to install the US International keyboard as a "permanent" solution on your computer. (For temporary fix, see ASCII option.)
After completing the steps below you will have four "dead" keys -- the apostrophe key, the shift-6 key, the tilde key, and the right-alt key. To type an "á" you press the apostrophe key and then the "a" key. Experiment to learn the other key strokes. Use the right ALT key for the Spanish upside-down "?" and "!", the German "æ" (z key), and the French "ç" (comma key). If you want the actual character on a "dead" key, press the key and then the space bar or another key that would not normally take an accent/tilde.)

 

Click on the START FLAG Flagthen CONTROL PANEL (or the Gear icon on the left) and TIME & LANGUAGE. Scroll down to "Related Settings" and choose "Additional date, time & regional settings". Under LANGUAGE choose "Change input methods". Click on "Add a language" and then choose "Options". Under INPUT METHOD choose "Add an input method" then choose the "QWERTY US International" option and remove the US keyboard.




For Windows 7, do the following to install the US International keyboard as a "permanent" solution on your computer. (For temporary fix, see ASCII option.)
(Note: After completing the steps below you need to make sure that you select the US International keyboard: Look at the lower-right corner of your desktop to see if you have a tiny keyboard icon, or the letters EN. If you do, click on it and then select the US-International keyboard. Now you will have four "dead" keys -- the apostrophe key, the shift-6 key, the tilde key, and the right-alt key. To type an "á" you press the apostrophe key and then the "a" key. Experiment to learn the other key strokes. Use the right ALT key for the Spanish upside-down "?" and "!", the German "æ" (z key), and the French "ç" (comma key). If you want the actual character on a "dead" key, press the key and then the space bar or another key that would not normally take an accent/tilde.)

 

Click on the START ORB Orb then CONTROL PANEL and REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE. Click on the "Keyboards and Languages" tab and "Change Keyboards" button. Click the "General" tab and then the "Add" button. Scroll down the list and click on the "+" sign next to the English (United States) option English in order to expand the menu, then click on the "+" next to "Keyboard" to expand that option. Select the United States-International box then OK and OK to complete the change.




For Windows 8/8.1, do the following to install the US International keyboard. (Follow the same usage guidelines as outlined in the Windows 7 section.)

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Time and language, and then tap or click Region and language.

  3. Locate and then tap or click English (United States), and then tap or click Options.

  4. Tap or click Add a keyboard, browse the input method list, select US International Keyboard, and then tap or click it.

For Windows XP or Windows Vista, do the following to install the US International keyboard as a "permanent" solution on your computer.
(Note: After completing the steps below you need to make sure that you select the US International keyboard: Look at the lower-right corner of your desktop to see if you have a tiny keyboard icon, or the letters EN. If you do, click on it and then select the US-International keyboard. Now you will have four "dead" keys -- the apostrophe key, the shift-6 key, the tilde key, and the right-alt key. To type an "á" you press the apostrophe key and then the "a" key. Experiment to learn the other key strokes. Use the right ALT key for the Spanish upside-down "?" and "!", the German "æ" (z key), and the French "ç" (comma key). If you want the actual character on a "dead" key, press the key and then the space bar or another key that would not normally take an accent/tilde.)

 

Point to START and CONTROL PANEL and REGIONAL AND LANGUAGE OPTIONS and LANGUAGES ( "Keyboards and Languages" for Vista) and DETAILS ("Change Keyboards" for Vista). Note Vista dialogue windows will be somewhat different than the XP dialogue windows shown here.
Click on ADD to add change the keyboard layout ...
Click on the KEYBOARD LAYOUT down arrow to select the "United States-International" keyboard layout
Click on the US keyboard and then REMOVE to delete that layout.

ASCII Method - Works on any PC in any program

If you are using a public computer and need to type foreign characters, enter the ASCII codes for special characters.

Depress and hold down the left ALT key while you type in the three-digit number listed below, using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, and not the number keys on the top row, then release the ALT key.

128 - Ç 
129 - ü
130 - é
131 - â
132 - ä
133 - à
135 - ç
136 - ê
137 - ë
138 - è
139 - ï
140 - î

141 - ì
142 - Ä
143 - Å
144 - É
145 - æ
146 - Æ
147 - ô
148 - ö
149 - ò
150 - û
151 - ù
152 - ÿ
153 - Ö
154 - Ü
160 - á
161 - í
162 - ó
163 - ú
164 - ñ
165 - Ñ
168 - ¿
173 - ¡
174 - «
225 - ß

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