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Type in Spanish on an English Keyboard

Following are the key combinations on an English keyboard that should be used in order to provide the correct Spanish accent. In this way you don't have to insert special characters (i.e. Insert menu, Symbol, select Symbol tab, normal text for Font) or to add them later by hand.

PC Compatible Platform
Make sure the Num Lock on the keypad at the right of your keyboard is on. Hold down the ALT key while at the same time typing the following numbers on the keypad. The character will appear when you lift the ALT and finish typing the numbers.

  • ALT 160 =
  • ALT 161 =
  • ALT 162 =
  • ALT 163 =
  • ALT 164 =
  • ALT 168 =
  • ALT 130 =
  • ALT 173 =
  • ALT 129 =

 

Macintosh Platform
You can use the standard Macintosh fonts to type the necessary characters in Spanish. Press the key combination option-e (press and hold the option key, and then press the "e" key). Release both and press the vowel that you want accented.

  • Option-e+a =
  • Option-e+e =
  • Option-e+i =
  • Option-e+o =
  • Option-e+u =

Other special characters:

  • Option-n+n =
  • Option-u+u =
  • Option-1 produces an inverted exclamation point.
  • Shift-Option-? produces an inverted question mark.

You can use almost any word processor to type these characters.



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Suppress the Red and Green Underline in MS Word

If you are using MS Word and the wavy underlines check spelling (red underline) and check grammar (red underline) clutter your document, while you are typing in Spanish, you can temporarily hide them as follows:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
  2. Select the Hide spelling errors in this document and Hide grammatical errors in this document check boxes.


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Type Basic Latin Symbols in any Word Processor

Following is a list of normal text symbols from the Basic Latin Subset that could not be typed by a one-key stroke on standard keyboards. Though these symbols could be inserted by selecting Symbol from the Insert menu in Ms Word, it is also possible to type them using the numeric pad of the keyboard.
The following table proves to be especially helpful when using a word processor that doesn't provide insert symbol feature.
To obtain the symbols given below press and hold the Alt key and type the appropriate number using the numeric pad (located on the right hand side of the keyboard) and release the Alt key.

Alt + 014789 =

Alt + 0194 =

Alt + 0452 =

Alt + 01478 =

Alt + 0225 =

Alt + 0741 =

Alt + 0483 =

Alt + 0486 =

Alt + 9856 =

Alt + 0999 =

Alt + 01479632 =

Alt + 0142536 =

Alt + 0714 =

Alt + 0234 =

Alt + 0491 =

Alt + 07913 =

Alt + 0142536 =

Alt + 927 = ƒ

Alt + 022222 =

Alt + 0751 =

Alt + 0492 =

Alt + 0417 =

Alt + 0123857 =

Alt + 14756 =

Alt + 01479635 =

Alt + 153 =

Alt + 9876 =

Alt + 0243 =

Alt + 0245 =

Alt + 9875 =

Alt + 0248 =

Alt + 0147852 = Œ

Alt + 044444= œ

Alt + 0222 =

Alt + 0254 =

Alt + 0666 = š

Alt + 21 =

Alt + 666 =

Alt + 09787 =

Alt + 0729 =

Alt + 0249 =

Alt + 0252 =

Alt + 486 =

Alt + 0215 =

Alt + 0159 = Ÿ

Alt + 157 =

Alt + 152 =

Alt + 0444 = 1/4

Alt +0 957 = 1/2

Alt + 20 =

Alt + 3569 =

Alt + 0759 =

Alt + 44444 =

Alt + 02222 =

Alt + 0681 =

Alt + 0153 = TM

Alt + 248 =

Alt + 249 =

Alt + 03512 =

Alt + 0168 =

Alt + 426 =

Alt + 15 =

Alt + 0953 =

Alt + 0125874 =

Alt + 01459 =

Alt + 0426 =

Alt + 0447 =

 

Some of the above Basic Latin Symbols could be typed using the following key combinations in MS Word word processor.

To type

Press

, , , ,
, , , ,

Ctrl + ` (Accent Grave) then the letter

, , , ,
, , , ,

Ctrl + ' (Apostrophe) then the letter

, , , ,
, , , ,

Ctrl + Shift + ^ (Caret) then the letter

, ,
, ,

Ctrl + Shift + ~ (Tilde) then the letter

, , , . ,

, , , , , Ÿ

Ctrl + Shift + : (Colon) then the letter

,

Ctrl + Shift + @, then a or A

,

Ctrl + Shift + & then a or A

œ, Œ

Ctrl + Shift + & then o or O

,

Ctrl + , then c or C

,

Ctrl + ' (Apostrophe), then d, or D

,

Ctrl + / then o or O

Alt + Ctrl + Shift + ?

Alt + Ctrl + Shift + !

Ctrl + Shift + & then s



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Basic Latin Symbols for Web Publishing

The basic Latin symbols could also be used for HTML publishing (ISO 8859-1, Latin1 Character Set) purposes. The best place to check the code number, name and description of the symbols is:


Code Number, Name and Description of the Symbols for Web Publishing



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The IBM Extended ASCII Character Set

Following is a table of the IBM Extended ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) Character Set.
It might be useful to know that:
Dec 07 is Bell
Dec 08 is BKSP
Dec 09 is TAB
Dec 10 is LF
Dec 11 is CR
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