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Microsoft Keyboards - English (US-International)

Typing Diacritics And Special Characters


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Microsoft English US-International Keyboard

Type International and Special Characters using the right  <Alt> key or the following modifier keys: Apostrophe('), Accent Grave(`), Quotation Mark("), Tilde(~), and Circumflex( ^). To type just the modifier key by itself, type the <Spacebar> following the modifier key. Press and hold the right <ALT> key then press the keys <shown in red> to make the special characters:
á é í ó ú

<Right Alt> a e i o u
<Right Alt> A E I O U

© <Right Alt> c Copyright symbol
ñ Ñ <Right Alt> n or N  Tilde
® <Right Alt> r Registered trademark symbol
æ Æ <Right Alt> z or Z Ligature
¨ <Right Alt> " Umlaut (dieresis)

<Right Alt> '

Acute (' = apostrophe)
ð Ð <Right Alt> d or D  Eth
ø Ø <Right Alt> l or L  O slash
µ <Right Alt> m  Mu
ß <Right Alt> s Esszett (sz ligature)
þ Þ <Right Alt> t or T  Thorn
å Å <Right Alt> w  or W  A ring
ü Ü <Right Alt> y or Y  
ö Ö <Right Alt> p or P  
ä Ä <Right Alt> q or Q  
¢ <Right Alt><Shift>c  Cent
§ <Right Alt><Shift> s  Section mark
¡ <Right Alt> 1  Inverted Exclamation mark
² <Right Alt> 2  Superscript ²
³ <Right Alt> 3  Superscript ³
¤ <Right Alt> 4  General currency symbol
<Right Alt> 5  Euro currency symbol
<Right Alt> 6  One fourth
½ <Right Alt> 7  One half
¾ <Right Alt> 8  Three fourths
<Right Alt> 9  Left single quote
<Right Alt> 0  Right single quote
¹ <Right Alt> !  Superscript ¹
£ <Right Alt> $  Pound sterling
¥ <Right Alt> -  Yen
× <Right Alt> =  Multiply sign
÷ <Right Alt> +  Divide sign
« <Right Alt> [  Left guillemet
» <Right Alt> ]  Right guillemet
¬ <Right Alt> \  Not symbol
¦ <Right Alt> |  Broken vertical bar
<Right Alt> ;  Paragraph (pilcrow)
° <Right Alt> :  Degree sign
ç Ç <Right Alt> , <  C cedilla
¿ <Right Alt> / Inverted question mark
Press the keys shown in red sequentially to make the special character:
ç Ç 'c 'C C cedilla (' = apostrophe)
á é í ó ú ý
'a 'e 'i 'o 'u 'y
'A 'E 'I 'O 'U 'Y
Acute (' = apostrophe)
' ' <Spacebar> Apostrophe
ä ë ï ö ü ÿ
"a "e "i "o "u "y
"A "E "I "O "U "Y
Umlaut (dieresis)
¨ <Alt Shift "> <Spacebar> Umlaut
" " <Spacebar> Quotation
à è ì ò ù
`a `e `i `o `u
`A `E `I `O `U
Grave ( ` = accent grave)
` ` <Spacebar> Grave ( ` = accent grave)
ã ñ õ Ã Ñ Õ ~a ~n ~o ~A ~N ~O Tilde
~ ~ <Spacebar> Tilde
â ê î ô û ^a ^e ^i ^o ^u Circumflex
^ ^ <Spacebar> Circumflex


Windows 95/98/NT/2000:

Go to <Control Panel>
From within  the Control Panel, double-click <Keyboard>
Click on the <Language> tab (Windows 95/98) or the <Input Locals> tab (Windows NT). In the window, select <English (United States)>. (Note the layout listed for it on the right side of the window)
Click on <Properties>, and from the menu select US-International. Click <OK>, and note that the layout for <English > has changed from (United States) to (US-International). Click on <Apply> - you will be asked to insert the Windows installation CD.
After the files have been copied, click on <OK>. You should now be able to use the US-International keyboard layout.

Windows XP:

1) In the Control Panel folder, click on "Regional and Language options"

2) Select the "Languages" tab, and then click the "Details" button. This brings up "Text Services and Input Languages"

3) On the "Settings" tab of the new window, click on "Add.." . This brings up the "Add Input Language" window.

4) Input language should be English (United States). Click to checkmark the "Keyboard layout/IME" radio box, and in the drop-down box, select "United States - International". (If it's already installed, it won' t be there). Click on OK, click on Apply then OK on the Text Services and Input Languages window, and click OK on the Regional and Languages Options window.

5) You should now see a small keyboard icon on the lower right part of your display, just to the left of the System Tray and just to the right of the "EN" English keyboard indicator (Fig 1 below). Alternatively, if you have the Microsoft Language Bar open, it will be at the top of your display (Fig 2 below). You need to select the "United States - International" option.

Test the results in Windows Notepad by holding down the RIGHT Alt key on your keyboard and typing the vowels "a e i o u" and you should get these results: á é í ó ú . Note that you must use only the RIGHT Alt key - the left one will NOT work for this.

Fig 1

Fig 2

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