Keyboards for Foreign Languages

Are you tired of having to Google diactricals to copy and paste into a document for your Foreign Language class? We're here to help. You can set up your windows-based computer in seconds. First, you need to select Region and Language in the Control Panel. Then click Keyboard and select "Add" and choose English US-International as your keyboard. Now you can type in other languages. (Don't forget to frequently save your Word document by hitting the floppy icon in the top left corner!) Just remember these few things:

  1. Some diacritical’s can be formed by combining the diacritical mark and the letter together (both are visible on the keyboard). Strike the diacritical first, then strike the letter. Example-strike ` (backward accent mark) and then the letter a to give you à. It’s as simple as that! If you require a capital letter, use the shift key to put the letter in the upper case (i.e. À). Similar combinations are done for the forward accent (é) (apostrophe-vowel); circumflex (â) (shift key required); tilde (ñ) (shift key required); umlaut (ö) (quotes, shift required); and cedilla (ç) (apostrophe followed by c).
  2. Looking at your keyboard as it sits in front of you, you will notice that there are two alternate alt keys on either side of the space bar. The one to the right of the space bar will help you in composing additional diacritical’s with the international keyboard layout. Use the guide below for some commonly used accented letters, punctuation marks, or other special marks while typing in a foreign language.

Right alternate                                 +                              comma  = ç

                                                                                                Shift comma= Ç

                                                                                                z = æ

                                                                                                c = ©

                                                                                                n = ñ

                                                                                                Shift n = Ñ

                                                                                                m = µ

                                                                                                ? = ¿

                                                                                                ! = ¡

                                                                                                s = ß

                                                                                                1 = ø

                                                                                                L = Ø

                                                                                                [ = «

                                                                                                ] = »