Using US-Int'l Keyboard Layout to Type Accented Characters

This article describes how to use the US-International keyboard layoutto create accented characters.
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When you use the US-International keyboard layout, you should also usethe English (International) language setting. To change thesesettings, choose the International icon in Control Panel.

The US-International keyboard layout does not remap your standard USkeyboard layout; instead, it creates international characters byassigning certain characters a strikeover function so that you can usethem to add an accent or diacritical mark to a character. It alsoassigns new functions to the right-most ALT key. The followingdescribes the features of the US-International Keyboard Layout:

  • When you press the APOSTROPHE (') key, QUOTATION MARK (") key, ACCENT GRAVE (`) key, TILDE (~) key, ACCENT CIRCUMFLEX key, or CARET (^) key, nothing appears on the screen until you press the a second key. If you press one of the letters designated as eligible to receive an accent mark, the accented version of the letter appears. If you press an ineligible key, two separate characters appear. In other words, the US-International keyboard layout dynamic-link library (DLL) automatically accents letters that customarily receive an accent but does not automatically accent letters that do not customarily receive an accent.
  • The right-most ALT key activates additional functions for the APOSTROPHE/QUOTATION MARK key. As a result, the right-most ALT key no longer performs Windows functions. You must use the left-most ALT key to perform Windows functions and as part of key combinations in Windows (such as ALT+TAB or ALT+F4) or Windows-based applications (such as ALT+F1 in Word for Windows).
  • You can press the right-most ALT key plus another character to produce some common extended characters. Most keys on the keyboard produce one or two extended characters in combination with the right-most ALT key. The following table lists some of the extended characters you can produce with the right-most ALT+<character> key combination:

    Note: This is an incomplete list due to the difficulty of displayingextended characters in some environments.
       Key Combination                Result   ----------------------------------------------------------   Right-most ALT+r               Registered trademark symbol   Right-most ALT+c               Copyright symbol   Right-most ALT+z               ae symbol   Right-most ALT+Z               AE symbol						
  • If you want to type one of these characters (an APOSTROPHE, QUOTATION MARK, CARET, TILDE, or ACCENT GRAVE) followed by an unaccented letter, press the SPACEBAR after you press the key. For example, to type "A girl named Sally," press the QUOTATION MARK key, then press the SPACEBAR, then press A.
The following table lists the accented characters you can create usingthe US-International keyboard layout:
Press                     Then PressThis Key                  This Key           Result---------------------------------------------------------------------APOSTROPHE (')            c                  c, CedillaAPOSTROPHE (')            e, y, u, i, o, a   <letter>, Accent acuteAPOSTROPHE (')            SPACEBAR           Apostrophe (')APOSTROPHE (')            All others         Apostrophe followed by                                             the letter (two separate                                             characters)Right-most ALT+           n/a                Accent acuteApostrophe (')QUOTATION MARK (")        e, u, i, o, a      <letter>, DieresisQUOTATION MARK (")        SPACEBAR           Quotation mark (")QUOTATION MARK (")        All others         Quotation mark followed                                             by the letter (two                                             separate characters)Right-most ALT+QUOTATION MARK  n/a           Dieresis(Right-most ALT+SHIFT+ Apostrophe)ACCENT GRAVE (`)          e, u, i, o         <letter>, Accent graveACCENT GRAVE (`)          SPACEBAR           Accent graveACCENT GRAVE (`)          All others         Accent grave followed by                                             the letter (two separate                                             characters)TILDE (~)                 o, n               <letter>, TildeTILDE (~)                 SPACEBAR           TildeTILDE (~)                 all others         Tilde followed by                                             the letter (two separate                                             characters)CARET (^)                 e, u, i, o, a      <letter>, CaretCARET (^)                 SPACEBAR              CaretCARET (^)                 All others         Caret followed by                                             the letter (two separate                                             characters)				
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Article ID: 97738 - Last Review: 06/17/2014 21:46:00 - Revision: 3.0

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