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How to add the accent mark when writing in Spanish on an English keyboard
Thread poster: Celida

Celida
Canada
Local time: 20:57
English to Spanish
Mar 8, 2004

Hi all,

I'm just starting as a translator and I don't know how to insert the "accent mark" when writing in spanish because my keyboard doesn't include it... Is there another way other than using the "insert-symbol" function in Word?... I want to be able to use it even when I'm not working on a Word document..
I appreciate your help...


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Todd Field  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:57
Member (2003)
Portuguese to English
Use the Ctrl button Mar 8, 2004

"Ctrl" plus the logical symbol on your keyboard will give you most major accents in Western European languages.

For example, to get á:

1. Press Ctrl and '
2. Press a

To get ñ:

1. Press Ctrl and Shift and ` on the far upper left (the tilde is right above it)
2. Press n

It sounds complicated, but once you get used to it, it is really fast.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Todd


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Bruce Capelle  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 05:57
Member (2003)
Spanish to French
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ASCII Codes Mar 9, 2004

Hi Celida,

Welcome! You can also solve the problem by using ASCII codes. You can obtain the desired symbol by pressing the ALT key while entering a specific key combination.

All the possible combinations are listed on this website:

http://www.4d.fr/documentation/4Ddoc2003/CMU/CMU10121.HTM

I translate into French and I found buying a French keyboard much easier than using these ASCII codes but some people do get used to them.

Good luck!

Bruce


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António Ribeiro  Identity Verified
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Settings change Mar 9, 2004

In Settings / Control Panel / Keyboard choose Language

When in Language, choose Properties and set your Keyborad layout for United States - International. Click OK. The Language set on my computer is English (United States)

When you have done this, it is as simple as using an old typewriter.

For:

1) á, à, é, í, ú - type the accent followed by the letter

2) ã, Ñ, õ - shift ~ and the letter

3) ç - type ' followed by c

No need of Ctrl and/or Alt


António Ribeiro



[Edited at 2004-03-09 03:21]

[Edited at 2004-03-09 03:23]


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Deena Moghrabi  Identity Verified
Jordan
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Simpler solution Mar 9, 2004

Use the Insert menu to insert symbols, like accents, omlauts (german) or any other symbols

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António Ribeiro  Identity Verified
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not practical Mar 10, 2004

Deena wrote:

Use the Insert menu to insert symbols, like accents, omlauts (german) or any other symbols


Not practical at all for the Portuguese, French and Spanish languages.

António


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Robin Salmon  Identity Verified
Australia
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Adapt HTML codes Mar 10, 2004

This way you get all the accents in the different languages:
e.g for é, instead of ampersand, hash 0233 semicolon, put ALT + 0233.

I use a card with the HTML codes on it.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Install Spanish keyboard/use Keyboard Layout Manager Mar 10, 2004

With Multilanguage Support installed in Windows, it is easy to add additional keyboards and switch between keyboards when required. I have several installed (including Spanish, which I don't use very often) and have made out a keyboard plan for each of them to which I refer when necessary.

Or, if you want to stick to just one keyboard, try http://solair.eunet.yu/~minya/Programs/klm/index.html
from which you can download a program called "Keyboard Layout Manager" which will enable you to alter keys you never use on the English keyboard to the accented Spanish vowels. This program is shareware, so can be used free. It costs ˆ15 to register it.


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Celida
Canada
Local time: 20:57
English to Spanish
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Thank you all for your help :o) Mar 24, 2004

I tried all the options provided. The problem became when I wanted to post answers for the Kudo questions and trying to include the tilde was not working, it was working on the Word documents but I also wanted to be able to type the tilde in other types of documents.
When I was trying Antonio's suggestion which I couldn't do on my computer (I don't know why) I found a way to set up my keyboard to switch between spanish and english... I have to mention that I use Windows 2003...
These are the steps I took:
Control Panel/Regional Language and Options/Language/Details/Add/Clicked on Spanish (Mexico) from the dropdown menu/on this same window clicked on "Key Settings" and picked the option to "switch between input languages" (this enables me to switch between languages using by clicking on a little tab that appeared at the bottom of my screen)
Now I can type spanish characters without using the ALT or CTRL keys. I just switch to spanish keyboard and use the ":;" key to type the ñ and the "[{" key to type the accent mark (just click on this key and then type the letter).
Anyway, thanks to all of you for your tips!

Saludos desde Canadá!

Celida


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Use US-International keyboard setting Mar 25, 2004

Celida wrote:
I'm just starting as a translator and I don't know how to insert the "accent mark" when writing in spanish because my keyboard doesn't include it...


I've chosen the "United States International" setting in my keyboard setup in the Control Panel. Then when I want to make an accent, I just press the accent and then the vowel. One must get used to using the space bar, though, because if you want to write [comma][a] you need to press [comma][space][a] otherwise you get an a-acute. But I'm used to it and it works wonders. Afrikaans also has quite a few accented letters and this method I have found to be the quickest because I can do it while I type without using the Ctrl or any other special button.


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