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Typing Help for Windows 

Word help

Use the following key combinations to insert special characters in Microsoft Word:

à, è, ì, ò, ù  CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter 
á, é, í, ó, ú, ý  CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), the letter
â, ê, î, ô, û  CTRL+^ (CARET), the letter
ã, ñ, õ  CTRL+~ (TILDE), the letter
ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ CTRL+: (COLON), the letter
å CTRL+@, a or A
æ CTRL+&, a or A
œ CTRL+&, o or O
ç CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C
ø CTRL+/, o or O

You can also insert foreign characters by clicking Word's "Insert" menu and clicking "Symbol." Choose the subset you need. From here you can insert and create shortcut keys for characters.

US-International English Keyboard Setup

Using the US-International keyboard allows you to keep the QWERTY keyboard layout you're used to, while providing "modifier" keys to type non-English characters.

Windows 7

  1. Go to the Control Panel from the Start Menu.
  2. Select Clock, Language, and Region.
  3. Select Region and Language.
  4. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab.
  5. Click add under installed devices.
  6. Under the English Keyboard, select Show Me More.
  7. Select United States--International.
  8. Click OK.

Windows 8

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Click Clock, Language and Region
  3. Click Change Input Methods under Language
  4. Click Options to the left of the English (United States) box
  5. Click Add an input method in the Input method menu
  6. Scroll down and select United States-International Touch keyboard layout
  7. Click Add
  8. Click Save
  9. To switch between standard and International keyboards, press the Windows key and the spacebar, then select from the menu.
Creating International Characters

When you press the APOSTROPHE (') key, QUOTATION MARK (") key, ACCENT GRAVE (`) key, TILDE (~) key, ACCENT CIRCUMFLEX key, or CARET (^) key, nothing appears on the screen until you press a second key. If you press one of the letters designated as eligible to receive an accent mark, the accented version of the letter appears. If you press the key of a character that is not eligible to receive an accent mark, two separate characters appear. For the literal punctuation ',", etc, hit the punctuation key then the space bar.

The following table illustrates the accented characters that you can create:

Press this key Then this key To get
' (APOSTROPHE) a, e, i, o, u á, é, í, ó, ú
" (QUOTATION MARK) a, e, i, o, u, y ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ
` (ACCENT GRAVE) a, e, i, o, u à, è, ì, ò, ù
~ (TILDE) o, n õ, ñ
^ (CARET) a, e, i, o, u â, ê, î, ô, û


Keyboard Layout Setup

Be able to switch to a keyboard layout so you can type as if you have a foreign keyboard.

 Windows 7 

  1. Go to the control panel from the start menu.
  2. Select Clock, Language, and Region.
  3. Select Region and Language.
  4. Select the Keyboards and Languages tab. 
  5. Click Add under Installed Services.
  6. Select the languages you want to add.
  7. Select the keyboards you want to add.
  8. Click OK.

Once you've added an input language, the language bar should appear. You can change input languages and keyboard from there. If your language bar doesn't show, right click on the taskbar and select it from the toolbars. You can also minimize the language bar to the taskbar if you prefer.

Windows 8 

  1. Navigate to settings (swipe from the right of the screen on a touchscreen, or move your mouse to the lower right of the screen).
  2. Select Change PC Settings.
  3. Select Time and Language.
  4. Select Region and Language
  5. Select the languages you want to add. You may need to download a language pack.
  6. Keyboards for selected languages are added automatically, or you may select keyboard by clicking options under the language, clicking add keyboard, and selecting the keyboard you want.

To switch between language inputs methods, hold down the Windows key and use the spacebar to change input. If you're using the desktop in Windows 8, you can also use the language menu on the taskbar.

On-Screen Keyboard

View your keyboard on your screen as you type

Windows 7

  1. Click the Start button and select All Programs
  2. Click Accessories
  3. lick Ease of Access
  4. Click On-screen Keyboard

Windows 8

  1. Select Change PC settings
  2. Select Ease of Access
  3. Switch on the "Turns on the On-Screen Keyboard" toggle

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