How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum

Graeme -TE1q July 20, 2017, 12:17 am
Does anyone know how to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum?  We get a virtual keyboard in the lesson questions but apparently not in the Forum.  Perhaps Rocket needs to supply this?
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
sfpugh July 20, 2017, 7:49 am
You can use the alt key.
         lower     upper
a      alt 132   alt 0196
e       alt 137   alt 0203
o       alt 148    alt 0214
u        alt 129    alt 0220

Hold down the alt key, type the numbers the release the alt key. Hopefully the right character will appear.

I got this from
https://tools.oratory.com/altcodes.html
I seems to work for me as long as I used the numbers keypad, but for some reason it doesn't work with the numbers along the top row of the keyboard. äëöüÄËÖÜ
 
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor July 20, 2017, 4:27 pm
Hi Graeme-TE1q,

I don't know if it is possible to implement a virtual keyboard here on the German forum, but if you are on Windows you can switch keyboards in the blink of an eye through the language icon on the bottom right of the taskbar. If you click on it, you can add as many keyboards as you want, and then (at least in Win10) rapidly switch between them with the Windows button + spacebar combination (if you can't see the icon, you'll also find the keyboard options under the regional and language options in the control panel). Changing keyboard language will not affect the language of the OS but only the characters output (eg. if you press the button for ; on your keyboard set to English, if you set it on German you will type ö instead. Z and Y will also be inverted).

I hope this helps!

Lucia
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
Graeme -TE1q July 21, 2017, 12:28 am
Danke schön, Lucia.  It works!
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
sfpugh July 21, 2017, 7:21 am
Thanks for the advice Lucia, I didn't realise it was possible to set up the language taskbar to swap keyboards so easily rather than going to the control panel.  The only disadvantage is that some of the punctuation/symbol characters move to other keys.
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
sfpugh July 21, 2017, 10:25 am
Well, I tried out the alternative keyboard method for a while and I found it was flipping keyboards when I didn't ask for it. Very annoying to find yourself in the wrong keyboard unexpectedly. 

As I couldn't find a way of preventing this, I removed the German keyboard so it is back to alt key codes.
 
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Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor July 21, 2017, 5:03 pm
Hi all,

Glad it was of help!

@sfpugh: are you by chance on Windows 7 or earlier? When I used to use different keyboards layout on older Windows versions, the language would change whenever I switched to a new window, eg. it would be ENG on Chrome, then I'd click on the show desktop icon and the language would change to default. Apparently the language was website/software-based. I currently have 4 keyboards installed on Win10 and they never switch unless I do it manually.

Lucia
How to type umlauts and other accents in the Forum
sfpugh July 22, 2017, 8:56 am
Hi Lucia, yes I am using Windows 7 and yes, the language does seem to change when I change windows so it's too annoying to use, but the alt keycodes work fine.
Simon
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