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Typing letters with accents on a laptop

Postby MindyP » 04 Feb 2005, 16:21

Hi everyone - ciao a tutti! :D

I have a question about typing letters with accents. I am in the U.S., and I know the codes to do it on a desktop computer, but it doesn't work on my laptop. Anyone have a way to type letters with accents using a U.S. keyboard on a laptop computer (Dell, if that matters). Grazie mille!

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Re: Typing letters with accents on a laptop

Postby DeliBoy » 04 Feb 2005, 18:00

In Windows, you could use Character Map. (Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map on my XP system)

Click on the character you want, click select, copy, alt tab back into whatver other program you were using, then paste.

A bit long winded, but it is possible.
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Re: Typing letters with accents on a laptop

Postby DeliBoy » 04 Feb 2005, 18:08

The normal way does work. Sort of.

You can use the codes, say alt - 0232 = 'è' but you have to use the numeric keypad to do it. On a laptop keyboard this overrides some of the letter keys, so it is very fiddly.

You turn num lock on, type the code for the character you want, using those letters with blue numbers on, turn num lock off, then type the rest of the word.
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Re: Typing letters with accents on a laptop

Postby BethW » 04 Feb 2005, 20:32

I don't know about Dell laptops, yet, but I use a Compaq laptop at work. If I'm using Word, both the Compaq and my Dell desktop let me get the "è" by typing "ctrl" + "`" and then the letter "e".
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