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Accents & Symbols

dhagstrom

dhagstrom

How do I type accent marks and special symbols in Spanish?
Steven-W15

Steven-W15

There are several different ways you can do this:
  • Copy/paste the characters from the course into a file (this is what I do).
  • In the "Write It!" section, there is an icon in the form of a keyboard - when you select it, a keyboard is displayed which allows you to select the accented characters.
  • You can add the Spanish keyboard configuration to your OS (I personally don't want to learn another keyboard layout).
  • There are also different control characters you can type (which ones to use will depend on your operating system).
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

I changed my keyboard to US International-PC. Now I can type accented vowels by first pressing ' then the vowel. The tilde is made by holding down the option key and typing n. Leading exclamation points: option+!. ¿: Hold option+shift and type ?. The only problem it causes when typing English is if you mean to type a word with an apostrophe that is immediately followed by a vowel it will think you want to accent the letter. You just have to remember to hit space first in this unusual circumstance. After have done this for a long time I can type accented characters pretty quickly.
Steven-W15

Steven-W15

Setting the keyboard to US International for the PC is definitely the way to go if you can do this. But if you want to use a different keyboard (like me), you can use AutoHotKeys (http://ahkscript.org/docs/Tutorial.htm#s12). The following script will allow you to use the windows special key in combination with the letter you wish to accent:

#?::
   Send, ¿
Return

#!::
   Send, ¡
Return

#i::
   Send, í
Return

#o::
   Send, ó
Return

#a::
   Send, á
Return

#u::
   Send, ú
Return

#n::
   Send, ñ
Return

#e::
   Send, é
Return

!A::
   Send, Á
Return

!I::
   Send, Í
Return

!U::
   Send, Ú
Return

!E:
   Send, É
Return

^u::
   Send, ü
Return
KelllaurBailar

KelllaurBailar

Ah, this is very useful... I was wondering the same thing, dhagstrom! Thanks for all of the info as well, Steven and Dan! 
Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

George gave me a cheat sheet. I just follow them.

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