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How to set your computer to type accents
10 years ago
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A few years ago I had to type several theme papers in French. To make things simpler I followed the steps below to activate the international capabilities of my keyboard. Instructions for the Windows OS:

Windows users have several options.

  • International keyboard (Win XP)
    1. Open your Control Panel (via Start menu or My  Computer)
    2. Double click Regional and Language Options
    3. Click Languages
    4. Click Details
    5. Click Add
    6. Pick English (United States - International)

    This method has the advantage of maintaining the QWERTY layout, with the following changes:

    1. Accented vowels: type ' then the vowel.
    2. ń type ~ (shift + `) then n.
      To type any of these symbols by themselves (e.g., single or double quotes) rather than above a vowel, type the symbol then hit the space bar.

    The minor disadvantage of the international keyboard is that it takes a little while to get used to typing a space when you actually want to type ' or ".  

  • International keyboard (Win 95, 98, ME, NT)
  1. Open your Control Panel (via Start menu or My Computer)
  2. Double click Keyboard
  3. Click Language
  4. Click Properties, Settings, or Details (whichever you see)
  5. Click Add
  6. Pick English (International or United States International)
  7. Continue as above.
  • International keyboard (Win 2000)
    1. Open your Control Panel (via Start menu or My Computer)
    2. Double click Keyboard
    3. Click Input Locales
    4. Click Change
    5. Click Add
    6. Pick English International or United States International
    7. Continue as above.

Thanks for this!
10 years ago
I pinned it so it won't archive...Buena suerte!
Muchisimas gracias, Christina
10 years ago
The wonderful news about setting your keyboard up this way is that the set up remains in your computer. You do not need to re-set your preferences if say, ok you find out that your keyboard is thirsting for your glass of tea...

Bought the new keyboard and installed it on Sunday and all my accent marks  still worked. YAY

Thanks again.
De nada, Patricia!
10 years ago
Glad to know that replacing the computer's appendages will not affect the inner workings once you get them working the way you want!
It is very nice to know
10 years ago
Though I am still shocked when things work they way they are supposed to right off the bat. 
things working the way they're supposed to?!
10 years ago
Yes, it's pretty impressive, and I wish is were more common!
10 years ago

Gracias, Christina.   I've always wondered how to do that, but never taken the time to check it out.  I printed your instructions out so I can try it out.

Buenas noches,


Thanks for the tip.
7 years ago
How you do it with the new Windows Vista?
Useful post!
7 years ago

thanks for the instructions,i did wonder how to do that!