Friday, January 15, 2016

Typing Spanish Characters

If you’re participating in one of the many Spanish learner forums, (Rocket Spanish and Learning Spanish Like Crazy have support forums when you participate in their programs) there will be instances when you will need to type Spanish characters like ñ or accents over the vowels.

Typing Spanish characters on an English keyboard takes a few extra steps. This tutorial on adding Spanish Characters to your keyboard is for Windows XP and I’m pretty sure it’s the same on Vista. Click on the images to enlarge:

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Under Pick a category, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Regional and Language Options.
The Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.

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On the Languages tab, click Details.

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The Text Services and Input Languages dialog box appears.
Under Installed services, click Add.

installing spanish keyboard characters

The Add Input language dialog box appears.
In the Input language list, click the language that you want. For example, English (United States).
When you use the United States-International keyboard layout, you should also use an English language setting.
In the Keyboard layout/IME list, click United States-International, and then click OK.

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Notice that the Language bar appears on the taskbar. When you position the mouse pointer over it, a ToolTip appears that describes the active keyboard layout. For example, United States-International.
Click the Language bar, and then click United States-International on the shortcut menu that appears.
The United States-International keyboard layout is selected.

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I think I have done all you have listed and nothing works like you said. I am using XP. When I type the ‘ and letter all I get the the apostrophe and the letter. The right alt key has no effect either. ???
What I have found is using the ascii code (alt and the #) works.

Sorry, I went through all the steps again and don’t think I missed anything. If you have the EN and Keyboard icons on your toolbar, then click on the keyboard icon and the two (or more) options should be
English (United States)
United States-International
Make sure US International is clicked, if not just click on it to choose that keyboard option. If it’s still not working, not sure what else can be done.

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