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Hello!

I have, thanks to kind people on this site managed to set my keyboard to Méxican spanish / international thingie, and can now successfully type both tildes and accents, but still no upside down exclamation and question marks are to be found. Is this a laptop situation problem'

  • Posted Nov 12, 2008
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Alt + 168 = ¿
Alt + 0161 = ¡
This works on my keyboard.

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Sally said:

Alt + 168 = ¿ Alt + 0161 = ¡ This works on my keyboard.

Sally, there is no number pad on a laptop.

MZ
The two keys to the left of the back space key on the top row are the ones you want. Hold down the shift key and the first one to the left is the upside down question mark. The second key to the left is the upright question mark.

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You can find descriptions of thre various keyboard layouts by searching microsoft's support databases. Sounds fun huh? Without a doc like that though, its a matter of trying every key and combination of keys to see what you get

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The full ACII table, with stended codes is avaiable at:
http://www.asciitable.com
This way u don´t need to try all combinations!

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In the International keyboard, the inverted exclamation is two keys to the right of 0, and the inverted question mark on the same key, using shift. It works perfectly on my British computer. Check the post I wrote about keyboards; there you'll be able to see the Mexican keyboard layout too.

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Mz Badger, on my laptop, set to Spanish (International Sort), I get ¡ by holding down the left-alt key and pressing the 1. Left-alt and question mark gives me ¿.

Since no one else has suggested this I thought I'd mention it just in case it's the one you need. smile

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Does anyone know how to type "@" on the Spanish keybooard layout? I can't find it and have to switch back to English whenever I want to type an email address...

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I actually made a mistake. The keyboard layout I am using is the Traditional Sort, not the International one.

Below I show different layouts with the key combinations in brakets.

International Sort: ¿ ("="); ¡ (Shift + "="); @ (Alt Gr + "2")
Traditional Sort: ¿ ("="); ¡ (Shift + "="); @ (Alt Gr + "2"). Same as International.
Mexican Sort: ¿ ("="); ¡ (Shift + "="); @ (Alt Gr + "q")

These keyboard layouts are available in ANY Windows version, and remember that there are 20 different Spanish keyboard layouts.

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Thanks a million! @@@@@@ Now how am I going to remember this''

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max said:

Thanks a million! @@@@@@ Now how am I going to remember this'?

Same way I remember the American, the British, the International, the and French keyboards: using them!

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Or you could just use the US International layout. You'll have to get used to a couple of oddities like the way quotes and apostrophes are handled, but you never have to toggle between languages, worry about whether you have a keypad or your numlock is on, or remember ascii codes. There's a description attached. It's really intuitive this way. the only one I've needed the description to figure out is the ü, which is right alt keyand y.

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steve said:

Or you could just use the US International layout. You'll have to get used to a couple of oddities like the way quotes and apostrophes are handled, but you never have to toggle between languages, worry about whether you have a keypad or your numlock is on, or remember ascii codes. There's a description attached. It's really intuitive this way. the only one I've needed the description to figure out is the ü, which is right alt keyand y.

Another alternative is to use ONLY the Spanish keyboard, since you can easily type in both languages with it (but you can only type English with yours)

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Es la verdad que puede escribir en español o inglés con un teclado españolo, pero puedo hacerlo con mi teclado también. I'm sure there are things I can't do with this setup, but I don't know what they are. Also, I know there are many many ways to skin a cat(fish), but since Max wanted something simple to remember, i thought I'd point out the simple solution I came up with. The UK extended layout does the same thing, unless I'm mistaken.

lazarus1907 said:

steve said:

Or you could just use the US International layout. You'll have to get used to a couple of oddities like the way quotes and apostrophes are handled, but you never have to toggle between languages, worry about whether you have a keypad or your numlock is on, or remember ascii codes. There's a description attached. It's really intuitive this way. the only one I've needed the description to figure out is the ü, which is right alt keyand y.

Another alternative is to use ONLY the Spanish keyboard, since you can easily type in both languages with it (but you can only type English with yours)

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You don't need to type in all these ALT+... codes. You just need to change the keyboard input language through the Regional settings in the Windows Control Panel. If you search for "Change Keyboard Input Language" you will find tons of web pages with instructions for both PC and MAC. Then, depending on your keyboard, you may be able to buy a silicon keyboard cover with the Spanish keys printed on it. Or you can do it the hard way, like I did, and get a bunch of little stickers and stick them on each key. Kind of a pain, but it does the trick.

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Hola, just found out how to use these codes on a PC laptop. First Alt+Fn(Usually blue key next to the Ctrl key)+(use the numbers over the keys m, j, k, l, u, i, o, 7, 8, and 9).

So instead of: Alt + 168 = ¿ Alt + 0161 = ¡ it would be: Alt+Fn+168(these would be the keys j, o, and 8)= ¿ Alt+Fn+0161(these would be keys m, j, o, and j)= ¡

Hope this helps because you don't have change the language of your computer.

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