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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

Hello,

My problem is a little different:
I start to learn french and I have a French swiss keyboard.
My keyboard has some accented char: . , .
But I cannot find character: . Do I have to use ALT+number method? or there is a special way to type this character ?

Thanks

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Old 09.01.2011, 22:51
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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

A link for you to try out.

Have you looked at this thread for an online solution ?

Google Translate's online virtual keyboard
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Old 10.01.2011, 00:17
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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

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Some of you may already be using Swiss German or Swiss French keyboards in which case this tip will be of little use. This tip is aimed at people using US keyboard layouts.

These people will probably look at characters like "" and wonder how on earth they could produce such a thing on their own computer. Some people google for them and then manually copy and paste them whenever they need them. Very time consuming and irritating.

Some people use the method where they enter the keyboard codes directly on the numeric keypad. For example holding down ALT while entering "153" on the numeric keypad gives . But this method is time consuming and irritating.

Help is at hand!

The easiest thing to do if you are using these characters is simply change your keyboard layout from US to US-International. Everything will stay the same, except if you press the quote key (") once nothing will happen. If you press " followed by a you'll get . If you press ' followed by e you'll get and so on. Easy, simple and quick.

Please note that I don't want this thread to turn into a technical support thread about how to go about changing your keyboard layout in your operating system - please use google for help if that's what you need - this is the Language Corner not the tech support department

UK keyboard users - there is no UK-International keyboard layout as far as I know. Sorry.
Or you can just change your keyboard to "German" instead of English.

However the Y and Z buttons will be switched along with some others.

For some reason when I try the method above I get , ,

Not the German ones.

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Old 10.01.2011, 09:06
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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

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Hello,

My problem is a little different:
I start to learn french and I have a French swiss keyboard.
My keyboard has some accented char: . , .
But I cannot find character: . Do I have to use ALT+number method? or there is a special way to type this character ?

Thanks

Ball
try shift and , assuming you're set with Swiss-French
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Old 10.01.2011, 09:57
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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

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Hello,

My problem is a little different:
I start to learn french and I have a French swiss keyboard.
My keyboard has some accented char: . , .
But I cannot find character: . Do I have to use ALT+number method? or there is a special way to type this character ?

Thanks

Ball
If you have the standard Swiss French keyboard (mine is from Logitech), you will have the ^ symbol on the top right of the keyboard (on the line with the numbers).

To get the ^ symbol on top of letters you simply press the ^ key (nothing happens) then press the letter key you want (such as u or o) and the ^ is inserted over the letter.
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Old 12.01.2011, 13:04
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Re: Tip: How to get those , , , characters from your keyboard

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If you have the standard Swiss French keyboard (mine is from Logitech), you will have the ^ symbol on the top right of the keyboard (on the line with the numbers).

To get the ^ symbol on top of letters you simply press the ^ key (nothing happens) then press the letter key you want (such as u or o) and the ^ is inserted over the letter.
Yep, that's the mechanism of "typing the accent and then typing the letter". Very efficient. It works for many letters with accent, and also for the upper-case version. Some of the accent requires a simultaneous push on the key [shift] or [Alt Gr]

Here are the 5 accents available on my French Swiss keyboard:
^ ` ~

For instance :
+e =
`+e =
+E =
`+u =
~+N =
^+O =
+y =
`+y = `y <-- not a valid pair :-)
etc.
There are many many possible pairs. Quite easy to do, without having to retrieve some ASCII value, without having to do 5 clicks of the mouse.

Now, try to make a [] in upper case with a French Swiss keyboard, and with less than 3 mouse-clicks or 4 keys pressed, that's tougher...

/Paul
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German keyboards

Curiosity; what is Strg an abbreviation for on a German keyboard? (Equivalent of Ctrl on English keyboard)
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Re: German keyboards

Steuerung

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout
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Old 02.03.2011, 10:07
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Re: German keyboards

Aha, thanks. Always bugged me.
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:21
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Re: Different keyboards and foreign language characters

hi
I bought a pc with the Swiss keyboard for the following reason:
I am Italian speaker, my wife is a German speaker
I noticed that on the swiss keyboard there are both umlaut vocals and accented vocals
but at a closer inspection I noticed that the accented vocals are not complete ... only are present while accented o,i,u are not present

Before try trying to use one of the shortcuts that are suggested,
I would like to know how the swiss italian speakers do use this keyboard to write words like cos per Per and so on

thanks
renato
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:38
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Re: Different keyboards and foreign language characters

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hi
I bought a pc with the Swiss keyboard for the following reason:
I am Italian speaker, my wife is a German speaker
I noticed that on the swiss keyboard there are both umlaut vocals and accented vocals
but at a closer inspection I noticed that the accented vocals are not complete ... only are present while accented o,i,u are not present

Before try trying to use one of the shortcuts that are suggested,
I would like to know how the swiss italian speakers do use this keyboard to write words like cos per Per and so on

thanks
renato

Look at the top line of the Swiss keyboard (see photo). The second key in from the right has the accent you need.

What to do?

Step ONE:
Use the upper case button and then touch the accent button. Nothing will happen.

Step TWO: Then type the letter you need with accent and it will appear with the accent.

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Old 30.03.2011, 22:48
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Re: Typing foreign language charactors

[QUOTE=Tiger;151014]Hope this helps the struggling gal...



, = CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C

Especially this one does not work for me. I have to change to French keyboard settings if I want to write this character. I wonder what I am doing wrong?
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Old 30.03.2011, 22:59
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Re: Different keyboards and foreign language characters

Here is a list of the ALT + code combinations for French accents:

http://french.about.com/od/writing/ss/typeaccents_7.htm
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Re: Typing German letters on a UK keyboard

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The Swiss German keyboard easily allows for , and . Just use the key followed by U, A or O.
I have googled this a few times and must have been using the wrong search terms because for six months I've used the caps lock key when I wanted a capitalized umlaut letter.

Less than two minutes on EF and my answer is solved. Thank you! Now back to my German homework where I can now type bung 1 and so forth with ease .
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Old 16.11.2011, 07:46
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Re: Different keyboards and foreign language characters

If you have a desktop style computer it is much easier to actually get the real keyboard, switch the language to the correct setting and safe all the hassle. Learning these keys is actually pretty easy and a lot less frustrating then looking for the shortcuts.
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