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International Characters 

Having problems writing in those accent marks and inverted question marks?

If you are a Macintosh user click here for an easy way to insert those letters into any document.

If, on the other hand, you are like most of us and use a PC, you have two choices, you can install the Spanish* keyboard or use the Alt keys. The first option is by far the best, because it will work with any program, including email and web publishing. Once installed, you can toggle back and forth from the English keyboard to the Spanish* one.

Click here to watch a demonstration that will show you step by step how to download the Spanish Language keyboard. Otherwise, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the Control Panel
  2. Select: Keyboard
  3. Select: Language, then Details
  4. Scroll down and select: Spanish: International Sort
  5. Click the Add button
  6. Check the Keyboard layout/IME box and scroll down and select Latin American.
  7. Click OK

That's it. Now you are ready to begin typing in Spanish. Click here to watch a demonstration that will show you step by step how to use the Spanish Language keyboard.

To toggle back and forth from the English keyboard to the new Spanish one, simply use Left Alt + Shift (or click on the EN (English) or ES (Spanish) button on the bottom of your computer screen). As you can see below, the key layout is a little bit different, as you can see below.

Spanish Keyboard

Office 2003 or 2007 users: Click here to install the On-Screen Keyboard.

Spanish students: You should note that if you use Microsoft Office, you should also download the Spanish dictionary so that you can check spelling and grammar in Spanish automatically. 

¡Buena suerte!

[*Please note: These instructions were made up to install the Spanish language keyboard, but the same basic procedures can be used to install the French, Arabic, or any other language keyboard.]

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Another Option for PC users: Download Spanish Accents CapsLock, by One Hour Programing. It is a simple hotkey program that provides a quick and intuitive way to type accented characters used in Spanish.



Macintosh Computer Users only need to do the following:

To produce Press
á, é, í, ó, ú, Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú OPTION+e, the letter
ñ, Ñ OPTION+n, the letter
ü, Ü OPTION+u, the letter




And finally, Old School shortcuts for PC Users*.
Please Note: These shortcuts work most of the time in most programs.

Diacrítico Resultado Teclas a oprimir
"A" acentuada Á Alt 0193
"a" acentuada á Alt 160 or Alt 0225
"E" acentuada   Alt 0201
"e" acentuada é Alt 130 or Alt 0233
"I" acentuada   Alt 0205
"i" acentuada í Alt 161 or Alt 0237
"O" acentuada   Alt 0211
"o" acentuada ó Alt 162 or Alt 0243
"U" acentuada   Alt 0218
"u" acentuada ú Alt 163 or Alt 0250
Tilde Ñ Alt 165
Tilde ñ Alt 164
Diéresis ü Alt 129
Exclamación ¡ Alt 173 or Alt 0161
Interrogación ¿ Alt 168
Some programs also accept the following shortcuts (Using New York, Times New Roman Font):
á, é, í, ó, ú, Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), the letter
ñ, Ñ CTRL+SHIFT+~ (TILDE), the letter
ü, Ü CTRL+SHIFT+: (COLON), the letter

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Other International Characters
(not used in Spanish):

For PC Users:

To produce Press
à, è, ì, ò, ù À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter
ã, õ, Ã, Õ CTRL+SHIFT+~ (TILDE), the letter
â, ê, î, ô, ûÂ, Ê, Î, Ô, Û CTRL+SHIFT+^ (CARET), the letter
ä, ë, ï, ö, ÿ Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö CTRL+SHIFT+: (COLON), the letter
å, Å CTRL+SHIFT+@, a or A
æ, Æ CTRL+SHIFT+&, a or A
œ, Œ CTRL+SHIFT+&, o or O
ç, Ç CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C
ø, Ø CTRL+/, o or O
ð, Ð CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), d or D

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