¡Hola! Me llamo David. Soy de los Estados Unidos. Estoy aprendiendo español en la escuela.
The easiest way I have found to type in Spanish is to enable the US-International keyboard in your language settings in the Control Panel. This allows you to type an apostrophe (') and then a letter such as, "e" and will automatically convert it into é. So ' + e = é. This also works with any other vowels and with ñ. However when typing ñ you must use the tilde which is the leftmost button on your row of numbers and symbols (the tilde is the secondary key function so you would have to hit (Shift + ~) to actually get the tilde.) To type actual apostrophes or quotation marks simply press the symbol you want to type, ' or ", and then hit the space bar immediately afterward, which will generate the symbol.
Steps to enable this keyboard layout (For Windows XP):
- Click on "Start"
- Click on Control Panel
- Make sure the Control Panel is in the "Category View" (10 icons)
- Click on "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options"
- Click on "Add other languages"
- Click on "Details" which should be on the top right side of the popup window
- Click on "English (United States)" which is located in the "Installed services" part of the window
- Click "Add"
- Check the check box next to "Keyboard layout/IME"
- Click on the drop-down-menu for "Keyboard layout/IME"and select United States-International
- Click "OK"
- Click "Apply"
- Restart your computer and select the United States-International keyboard and you will be able to type without the distraction of pressing Alt and typing a series a numbers in for every accented letter.