On Windows XP
- Log On
- Click the Start button
- Click on Control Panel
- Click Regional and Language Options - a new window will pop up
- Click the Languages tab
- Click on the Details button
- Click the Add button - a new window will pop up
- Select United States-International (keyboard layout menu)
- Click OK
- Click Apply
- Read the instructions for "Using the U.S. - International Keyboard" below.
You will now have a keyboard icon on the
taskbar (usually on the right side). To switch between keyboard layouts
click the keyboard icon on the task bar and choose which layout you want
to use. Changing the keyboard layout will only affect the log on
profile used. No other users will be affected.
- Start-->Control Panel-->Clock, Language, Region-->Change Keyboards
- New Window: Click the Change Keyboards button
- New Window: Click the Add button
- Select United States-International keyboard
- Click OK
- From drop down menu (Default Input Language) select United States International
Using the U.S. - International Keyboard
If you followed the above directions carefully, your keyboard will
now react slightly differently than it did before. First of all, notice
that if you strike the single apostrophe (') key, nothing happens. To
type the single apostrophe now, you must strike the single apostrophe
key and then strike the space bar. When you strike the spacebar, the
apostrophe will appear.
The next thing to note is that the quotes (") key behaves the same
way as the apostrophe key. You must first strike the quotes key and then
strike the space bar in order to create the (") symbol. These two minor
inconveniences are more than made up for by the ease with which you can
now type the special characters.
To type the special characters, two keystrokes are required. To type the ?
, you need only strike the apostrophe key and then the letter a. The other characters are just as easy:
- ? = ' + a
- ? = ' + e
- ? = ' + i
- ? = ' + o
- ? = ' + u
- ? = ~ + n
- ? = " + u
To type the special punctuation characters, you need to hold down on
the Alt key while you strike the appropriate punctuation mark. On some
keyboards, only one of the two Alt keys will work for this.
- ¡ = Alt (hold down) + !
- ¿ = Alt (hold down) + ?
Using Cryptic Codes
If, for some reason, you don't want to change your keyboard, you can
always type in the troublesome cryptic codes. Using this arcane system,
the following codes apply:
- ? = Alt + 0225
- ? = Alt + 0233
- ? = Alt + 0237
- ? = Alt + 0243
- ? = Alt + 0250
- ? = Alt + 0241
- ? = Alt + 0252
- ¡ = Alt + 0161
- ¿ Alt + 0191
When using this utterly out-dated system, there are two important
things to remember. First, when you type in the numbers, some keyboards
require that you use the "numeric keypad" located to the side, rather
than the numbers along the top. Second, on some keyboards, only one of
the two Alt keys will work for this.