US International English keyboard layout is
recommended for those who are comfortable with the qwerty keyboard and need a variety
of accent marks or symbols. It uses an intuitive
method which works with most (perhaps all) Windows applications such as
MS Office and web page software,
while keeping the familiar qwerty layout. The installation details are
use, press one of the
five punctuation keys ` ~ ^ ' " , then the letter
to be modified.
' + a = á, " + u = ü, ' + c
= ç etc
Or use the right alt (or AltChar) key + another key:
+ / = ¿ + 1 = ¡ +
c = © + e =
= €. This image
shows many more.
Note that this system maintains
the "qwerty" layout. However, the modifier
keys ` ~ ^ ' "
must sometimes be followed by pressing the space bar when they are actually intended.
The system accepts common words, such as it's, without the space bar.
: Win XP:
Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Regional and Language
Options. Click the Language(s) tab. Click Details, then Add.
Choose an Input language and a Keyboard Layout/IME. Use Apply to finish
the process; the Windows installation CD may be needed. The keyboard or multilanguage sections in Start - Help
may provide details. Screen images of the installation are here.
For Win 2000 click this
Carnegie Mellon site.
Windows Vista: Click Start, Control Panel
, Clock, Language and Region,
Change Keyboards. In the new window, click on the Change Keyboards button. This opens a new window called "Text Services
and Input Languages". Click on the Add button. Scroll & check the English (United States) - United States-International keyboard. Click OK.
Finally, in the upper part of the "Text Services and Input Languages" window, open the drop-down menu called Default Input Language and choose English (United States) - United
States-International as your default for all input fields.
rotates through several
Checking the Enable
Indicator On Taskbar puts
the default language on the taskbar. Or click the taskbar language
to switch to another language. In Win XP, click the Preferences
section for these steps.
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