Saturday, March 24, 2012
Typing Accents the easy way... Really!
sylviaduckworth.Louis Sulek was kind enough to post instructions on how to easily type accents. This is something I thought I had a handle on but I just discovered that I have been doing things the hard way when it comes to typing accents in my french documents. I usually use alt keys or the French keyboard setting on my computer but I just learned that you can type both English and French texts using the same keyboard. It is called the United States- International keyboard.
Sounds good? Well here is what I leaned. Here are instructions for doing it in Windows 7:
So first you need to add the United States- International Keyboard to your computer.
1) Go to start.
2) Control Panel
3) Region and Language
4) Keyboard and Languages
7)Under the English (United States) section find: United States International and select the check box.
8) Select Okay
9) Then make English(United States) United Sates- International your default keyboard by selecting it from the drop down list.
For instructions for XP see the original article that Louis wrote here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PoqDvelLmftimSQ3nZMWyFsmHUKhN_9wRv11TFhyOmA/edit
To type: é = ‘ (close to the enter key) then e
To type è= ` key (left of 1) then e
Follow the same directions but substitute correct letter to get à
To type ê use shift-6 followed by e
To type ç use ‘ (close to the enter key) then c
To type ö shift-’ followed by o
To do capital letters follow instructions above but press shift key between the symbol and the letter.
I am so excited about this I had to share. I am looking forward to trying this keyboard with my grade 1's. So much less complicated. When I did typing activities with my students I often purposefully chose activities without accents or got then to write the accents in after. No more of that! :)
So today I learned how to use the United States International Keyboard. Do you have any great time saving tips for typing in French? Any great resources you use?