who wishes to type in a foreign language will need to master foreign
keyboards. In Windows, there are several convenient solutions to
what was a difficult problem in the days before computers. Two solutions
are offered below:
how to type accents using the American keyboard, an method which
works with Windows 2000 and Windows XP,
2) how to install a foreign keyboard on an older Windows __computer
(Windows 95, 98, and ME).
to type accents in Windows 2000 and XP
any changes to your keyboard settings you can type accents in Windows
by using the following keystrokes:
+ , then c : ç
+ ` (accent under tilde) then a,e,i,o,u : à,è,ì,ò,ù
+ ' (apostrophe) then a,e,i,o,u : á,é,í,ó,ú
+ SHIFT + 6 then a,e,i,o, u : â,ê,î,ô,û
+ SHIFT + : (colon) then a,e,i,o,u: ä,ë,ï,ö,ü
to Joseph Morris for the above instructions!
2) Another solution
(for Windows 95, 98, and ME) :
-----the French Canadian keyboard
may add additional keyboard layouts to any Windows computer. In order
to easily type in accent marks ( é è à ê
ç ï ù ë), it is a simple matter to install
a keyboard that will allow you to type in accents conveniently. Some
people prefer the US International layout, but good typists will find
the French Canadian keyboard particularly easy to learn. All the letters
are in the same location as on a US keyboard, (which is not the case
for some very common letter keys on the French keyboard), although some
of the common symbols have been relocated to allow easy access to accent
keys, which are assigned to the bracket, apostrophe and slash keys on
the right side of the keyboard. (The brackets, apostrophe and slash
are still accessible through different keystrokes). The Canadian keyboard
layout is illustrated at the bottom of this page.
an alternate keyboard, open the Control panel, locate the "keyboard"
icon, double-click it. The "Keyboard Properties" window will
"Keyboard Properties" window gives you the option of adding
additional keyboard layouts. In the example below, the French Canadian
keyboard has been added and can be toggled with the other installed
keyboard, which in this case is the standard English (United States)
some computers, pressing Ctrl + Alt (on left of spacebar) and the letter
key yields the same result, to type the right-hand symbol. These symbols
include the commonly used @and [ ] .
é / É key types in the letter with its accent aigu.
The other accent keys are "dead keys." This means that you
first press the `or ¸
or ^ (...nothing happens on screen...)
and then press the letter key. The chosen letter and diacritical mark
then appear on screen: è ç ê
le clavier français canadien
UPPER CASE | ! " / $ % ? & * ( ) _ + (BACKSPACE)
LOWER CASE # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - =
UPPER CASE Q W E R T Y U I O P ^ ¨
LOWER CASE q w e r t y u i o p ^ ¸
UPPER CASE A S D F G H J K L : ` (ENTER)
LOWER CASE a s d f g h j k l ; `
UPPER CASE Z X C V B N M ' " É
LOWER CASE z x c v b n m , . é
get the @ symbol by pressing right ALT key and
the key with the 2 and the @ on it.
get the ~ (tilde) by pressing the right ALT key and
the key to the right of the letter L.