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    International Keyboard shortcuts

    For the Macintosh
    For Windows using the International Keyboard
    For Windows Alt codes
    Notes for Microsoft Word on the PC
    Web-based tool for some Latin-based languages & Russian

    If you are using a Macintosh, this is a table of key combinations you need to use to type foreign characters.

    French

    German

    Italian

    Spanish

    ° - Option + Shift + 8

    î, â, ê - Option + i, then the letter

    Î, Â, Ê - Option + i, then Shift + letter

    é - Option + e, then e

    É - Option + e, then Shift + e

    è,à,ù - Option + `, then the letter

    È, À, Ù - Option + `, then Shift + letter

    ë - Option + u, then e

    Ë - Option + u, then Shift + e

    ç - Option + c

    Ç - Shift + Option + C

    œ - Option + q

    « - Option + \

    » - Shift + Option + \

    ä - Option + u, then a

    Ä - Option + u, then shift + A

    ö - Option + u, then o

    Ö - Option + u, then shift + O

    ü - Option + u, then u

    Ü - Option + u, then shift + U

    ß - Option + s

    ° - Option + Shift + 8

    é - Option + e, then e

    ç - Option + c

    à, è, ì, ò, ù - Option + ` , then the letter

    À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù - Option + `, then Shift + letter

    ñ - Option n, then n

    Ñ - Option n, then shift N

    ü - Option + u, then u

    Ü - Option + u, then shift + U

    á, é, í, ó, ú - Option + e, then the letter

    Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú - Option + e, then Shift + letter

    º - Option + 0 (zero)

    ¿ - Option + Shift + ?

    ¡ - Option + 1



    The PCs in the Modern Language Resource Center are configured with the English US-International IME keyboard setting.

    If you are familiar with this setting and have your computer similarly configured,
    you can type foreign characters in the following, additional manner:

    English US-International

    â, ê, î, ô, û - ^ then a, e, i, o u

    á, é, í, ó, ú - ' then a, e, i, o u

    à, è, ì, ò, ù - ` then a, e, i, o u

    ä, ë, ï, ö, ü - " then a, e, i, o u

    ã, õ, ñ - ~ then a, o, n

    ç - ' then c

    ¡ - Shift + Alt + Ctrl + 1

    ¿ - Alt + Ctrl + /

    • (If you have no idea what is being discussed but wish to add this input method editor to enable this accenting method on your PC using Windows 2000, click here or if you are using Windows XP try this web page at Microsoft .)


    If you are using a PC, the number after the ALT key should be entered via the keypad instead of the number keys on the top of alphabets.

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NUMLOCK BUTTON IS ON!

    PC Keycodes
    • Users of Microsoft Word for Windows can use these keyboard shortcuts within Word but not elsewhere.
    • You can also use the Character Map program to select, copy and paste characters (especially characters like œ and Œ).
    • Directions on how to use Character Map are available here .
    • TypeIT.org is a web-based site where you can type text and copy it into your document.