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Tutorial - Foreign Characters and your Keyboard

 
 
Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 07:43 pm
Tutorial - Foreign Characters and your Keyboard

To enable your keyboard for foreign characters do the following:

Note: This will not work on ALL computers and keyboards. This is a general tutorial.

For Windows 98 and thereabouts.

  • Go to your control panel.
  • Go to the "Keyboard" options.
  • Click the Language tab.
  • Change the language from "United States 101" to "United States-International".
  • Click OK and exit the Keyboard settings and control panel.


Windows XP

  • Go to your control panel ( Start > Control Panel for Windows XP ).
  • Go to the "Date, Time, Language and Regional Options " (This tutorial is for "Category View". In "Classic View" this is listed under "Regional and Language Options").
  • Under "Pick a Task" choose "Add other languages".
  • On the "Languages" tab click the "Details" button.
  • Click on "Add".
  • In the "Keyboard layout/IME" dropdown select the "United States-International" option and click OK.
  • Change the "Default input language from"to "United States-International".
  • Click OK and exit the Keyboard settings and control panel.


NOTE: There are ways to easily switch between teh keyboard settings with the "Language Bar" which for simplicity's sake is not covered here.

Your keyboard should now be configured to use the following combinations to type these characters.

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PDiddie
 
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 08:05 pm
Thanks very much, Cravemaster!

(I just used 'deténte' in a sentence earlier today...)
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Tomkitten
 
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Reply Sat 20 Dec, 2003 08:16 pm
"Num Lock"
Wow, Craven, that's great! Thank you very much.

I've been using the Insert>Symbol chart, so now I have three, count 'em, three ways to get around with foreign symbols.

Very Happy
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Tomkitten
 
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Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2003 11:30 am
Tutorial
Thanks again, Craven. My computer is now organized for my international spelling requirements. The Tutorial guidance was just what I needed. Very Happy
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princessash185
 
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Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2003 07:31 pm
Craven, you forgot the mac way :-)

alt/option + signal key together, then letter you want the symbol over. . .

alt + u and u= ü
alt + u and a= ä
alt + e and e= é

and so on :-)
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2003 07:46 pm
Thank you, Princess, I'll play with this on my mac..
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satt fs
 
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Reply Sun 21 Dec, 2003 07:47 pm
A Mac (OS X) has many options for customizing input menu (if extended international support is installed). I have always seven customized options in the drop-down at the menu bar.

You can also use the Unicode escape sequences (in the form of &#____;) for non-ASCII characters, which is independent of encoding.
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