ASK A QUESTION How can I type an upside down question mark quickly?
I wanted to do one of the flashcard tests, but I could only get a few points because I couldn't get the question mark at the beginning---as well as the accents and tildes---in fast enough.
Control panel, languages select.
After you have selected Spanish as an available language, the key + will be ¿
Or you can use a Spanish keyboard and the position of the key will still be the same as +
Tildes ...... [ key with Spanish selected on the English keyboard.
One of our members, Vikingo, created his own small computer programme for making all the Spanish accented letters, inverted question marks (¿), and inverted exclamation marks (¡) and other characters.
Here is what Vikingo had to say about his programme:
Run this ... . Vikingo's "Spanish.exe" You'll have your characters available within 10 seconds from clicking the link. It doesn't require any slideshows or instructional videos, though there is a help screen that pops up when the program starts. Type your Spanish letters by using the windows key + the letter in question (like win+e for é, or win+q for ¿), or press ctrl+space for a menu where you can choose all kinds of international characters. So ctrl+space and then x will give you ¡.
Here is the "Windows" key Vikingo refers to. On a windows keyboard, it is located to the left (and sometimes also to the right) of the spacebar. It is the key between " Ctrl" and "Alt".
I have used it for almost two years. It is simple and easy and I've added it to my startup list so it is seamlessly in place every time I re-start my comouter. Pay attention to the opening prompt which asks if you want to use the shortcut keys. Read over the very brief instructions and perhaps make a note of them for your first couple of times you use them. After that it is a real "piece of cake".
If you want to use this program, remember to 'Save' it to your computer and not to just 'Run' it when the 'File Download' window is opened.
If you wish to look at alternatives, SpanishDict has a reference page with instructions for setting up your keyboard. That reference page is here ----> How to Type Spanish Characters
˙noʎ dlǝɥ ʇou uɐɔ ı ʎɹɹos ɯɐ ı ʇnq uoıʇsǝnb ʇɐǝɹƃ ɐ sı ʇɐɥʇ
It's best to buy a Spanish keyboard and select Spanish as one of your computer's languages. That way you can see where all the Spanish characters are located and write quickly and easily with tildes, punctuation marks, etc... It's easy to switch between and English and Spanish as needed. They're not expensive. If you've got a laptop, usually you use a USB port.
Hold alt, press 0191
Important: use the numbers on the numpad section of the keyboard, NOT the numbers above the typing letters.
I used to have the same trouble. One work-around that I have found works quite well, although perhaps not as fast as you might like it would be to open up an answer box in Spanish Dict and copy and paste the inverted (upside down question mark) in the flashcard answer boxes as and when you need it You can experiment with it
I hope that someone can give you an even better solution
you hold "alt" and "shift" then press the question mark key.
I too find it frustrating to take the tests. I lose many points not because I do not know the answer, but rather because it is so time consuming to use the accent marks and tildes, etc. Sometimes I watch the clock tick down waiting to see the picture which has not yet appeared as I have slow internet.
I find that the following program works really well on Windows: Spanish-Accents
It makes the Caps Lock key (pretty useless key for most people) into a sort of shift key. When you hold down caps lock and press a, you get á. Caplock + ? = ¿. And so on.
there is also an outline of some other methods on that web page.