Trying to type the spanish N, and letters with accents

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Can anyone help me type the "enye" and other letters that have accents'

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updated SEP 4, 2008
posted by Jon

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In MS Word......

Create a Spanish Keyboard in MS Word

Open Word program.
click 'insert?
click 'symbol?
highlight (point and left click) inverted exclamation mark
click 'shortcut key?
type 'alt? and 1 simultaneously (or whatever your choice is, maybe you would prefer Ctl + 6)
click 'assign?
click 'close?

highlight inverted question mark
click 'shortcut key?
type 'alt? and / simultaneously
click 'assign?
click 'close?

scroll down to accented 'a? and highlight
click 'shortcut key?
type 'ctrl? and 'a? simultaneously
click 'assign?
click 'close?

ETC... after doing this once, you can just type Ctl + A at the same time to get an accented A....same process for the other vowels. I used Ctl + letter.....you can use Alt + letter, or whatever you first set up. This may be arepeat of somebody elses answer but it was the method I used, in a form that I could remember. Hope it helps.

Bill

updated SEP 4, 2008
posted by bill11
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I didn't add Spanish. I selected United States International, and I use Windows XP.

I got to the place where I selected this from ' settings, ' control panel, ' Regional and Language Options, ' Languages,
' Details, 'United States Interntional, ' OK. Now I have an icon in my bottom bar where I can flip back and forth
between US International and English United States.

Jon said:

James,

Sorry for being clueless about this, where do I go to find the regional settings and the IME?

Jon

James Santiago said:

If you are using Windows XP or later, you just have to add Spanish to your regional settings, and then use the input method editor (IME) to type the Spanish characters.

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updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by Lyndelle
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This will work in Word.

But as samdie points out, you can't use Word to type into a website, such as this one.

Why are so many people reluctant to use an IME? It's so much better.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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I chose Spanish (spain) and type an "'" (single quote) followed by the letter. I haven't the foggiest about how to type a "grave" accent, but then, I expect to go to my grave without having the need/desire to do so (in the middle of a Spanish sentence).

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by samdie
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samdie said:

Do people actually use MS Word (as opposed to typing directly in their browser window) to reply in these threads?

Good point! To use Jessica's system, you would have to write your reply in MS Word, then copy and paste it back into the reply window of this site. It's much better just to use an IME and be done with it.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Do people actually use MS Word (as opposed to typing directly in their browser window) to reply in these threads'

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by samdie
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its super easy. if you're using microsoft word, there are simple short cuts.
-for any vowel with an accent: hit CTRL, the apostrophe key, and then the letter
-for the 'enye', its virtually the same thing: hit CTRL, the tilda (~) on the top left of your keyboard, and then the letter 'n'

I used to use this system, but I never found a way to write güero. (Well, of course, you could use Insert Symbol, but that's a pain.)

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Okay Jon smile,

its super easy. if you're using microsoft word, there are simple short cuts.
-for any vowel with an accent: hit CTRL, the apostrophe key, and then the letter
-for the 'enye', its virtually the same thing: hit CTRL, the tilda (~) on the top left of your keyboard, and then the letter 'n'

i hope this helps!

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by jessica3
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thank you very much for this very useful information.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00769608
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Obviously, you'll never need the grave accent to type Spanish, but it can be useful to type French, Chinese or other languages. I stopped using the British keyboard less than two years ago when I realized that I could type English perfectly using the International Spanish keyboard, but not the other way around.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Ah, sorry, I forgot to mention that I have added Latin American Spanish to my regional settings.

You can't make the grave accent using this IME on an American keyboard, because it is lacking a key, according to the Mexican keyboard layout I have printed out, which has three keys to the right of the L, whereas an American keyboard only has two (not counting the enter key). However, I have never needed to use a grave accent in typing Spanish.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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James Santiago said:

That doesn't work with the IME I have. Pressing that key in SP mode produces an ñ. You must have a different setup. On all the IMEs I've seen, you have to press the [ key and then the vowel to make an accent.

That's strange. Changing to the American layout, I get this:

q w e r t y u i o p [ ]
a s d f g h j k l ; ' \

Using the Spanish (traditional / modern sort):

q w e r t y u i o p ` +
a s d f g h j k l ñ ´ ç

Ah, I see. The Mexican one gives me this:

q w e r t y u i o p ´ +
a s d f g h j k l ñ { }

How do you make a grave accent using the Mexican layout'

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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lazarus1907 said:

Jon said:

I was able to open my on screen keyboard and change the language, and I can now type the ñ, but how do I type an e with an accent over it?

Press the second key after the L on your keyboard; apparently nothing will happen. Now press a vowel.

That doesn't work with the IME I have. Pressing that key in SP mode produces an ñ. You must have a different setup. On all the IMEs I've seen, you have to press the [ key and then the vowel to make an accent.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Jon said:

I was able to open my on screen keyboard and change the language, and I can now type the ñ, but how do I type an e with an accent over it?

Press the second key after the L on your keyboard; apparently nothing will happen. Now press a vowel.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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I was able to open my on screen keyboard and change the language, and I can now type the ñ, but how do I type an e with an accent over it'

Find a Spanish keyboard diagram on the Internet and print it out. This will help you remember the different key strokes.

Making an accent involves first hitting the [ key (next to the P key) and then hitting the letter (E in this case). Of course, this only works when you are in SP mode on your IME.

updated SEP 3, 2008
posted by 00bacfba