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Windows 7: How do i type special characters?

09 Jan 2010   #1
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 
How do i type special characters?

On my Mac if I wanted to type "è" I just type option+e to get the little tick thingy with a highlight field then e again to to "è". On Windows the only way i've found how to do that is to bring up the character map, which is a bit of a pain when you just want to use the keyboard.
help?


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09 Jan 2010   #2
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hi Mate,

You might wanna look this article Keyboard Shortcuts for special characters

Hope this helps,
Captain
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09 Jan 2010   #3
Cato

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
On my Mac if I wanted to type "è" I just type option+e to get the little tick thingy with a highlight field then e again to to "è". On Windows the only way i've found how to do that is to bring up the character map, which is a bit of a pain when you just want to use the keyboard.
help?
I use this PDF minimized to the side. Faster for me, anyway.


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09 Jan 2010   #4
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cato View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
On my Mac if I wanted to type "è" I just type option+e to get the little tick thingy with a highlight field then e again to to "è". On Windows the only way i've found how to do that is to bring up the character map, which is a bit of a pain when you just want to use the keyboard.
help?
I use this PDF minimized to the side. Faster for me, anyway.
yeah, faster than Fn+numlock-alt+0232-Fn+numlock but not as fast as alt+e-e
Why do they have to make letters that are common usage so complicated? I mean, Have the Microsoft programmers never eaten an éclair in a café with their fiancé?
sure, ☺ is right there at alt+1, but have you ever seen even a web article that had a ☺ sitting smack dab in the middle of it?
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09 Jan 2010   #5
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

found something that may be able to do that here, but it would be nice to have simple character shortcuts built in.
now I just need to type `+e+return to get é.
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09 Jan 2010   #6
Cato

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

"Have the Microsoft programmers never eaten an éclair in a café with their fiancé?"

LOL. Probably not.

They say you have to work for the good things, but some things are not that good to have to work that hard. Hope you find something that helps.
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09 Jan 2010   #7
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow View Post
Hi Mate,

You might wanna look this article Keyboard Shortcuts for special characters

Hope this helps,
Captain
Awesome so see someone knows about those keyboard tricks...Added some REP.
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09 Jan 2010   #8
smsff7

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cato View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IceFire View Post
On my Mac if I wanted to type "è" I just type option+e to get the little tick thingy with a highlight field then e again to to "è". On Windows the only way i've found how to do that is to bring up the character map, which is a bit of a pain when you just want to use the keyboard.
help?
I use this PDF minimized to the side. Faster for me, anyway.
yeah, faster than Fn+numlock-alt+0232-Fn+numlock but not as fast as alt+e-e
Why do they have to make letters that are common usage so complicated? I mean, Have the Microsoft programmers never eaten an éclair in a café with their fiancé?
sure, ☺ is right there at alt+1, but have you ever seen even a web article that had a ☺ sitting smack dab in the middle of it?

Because I think Microsoft wants to do away with such BS

éclair=eclair
café=cafe
fiancé=fiance

Why dose the e need the special little mark on top? é? I for one would not have any prob seeing that bit of stupidity removed from written English

back on topic: Just get a cheat sheet till you memories with windows way of doing it :P
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09 Jan 2010   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

BTW smsff7 - not everyone on this Forum has English as their first Language -- you might not like special symbols in English --but in other Languages these are necessary and often work to make the letter they are added to equivalent to a different letter.

Perhaps THESE days we could design a unique symbol for each sound in each Language -- but that would not be worth the re-design effort or costs in all current equipment to say nothing of confusion in the interim period.

To the OP

Do you have Word

If so go to Insert symbol -- you can then make a file or whatever and then just cut and paste the relevant symbol into your application.


It also gives you the Ascii code if you want to type directly.

Enc screenshot.

Cheers
jimbo


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09 Jan 2010   #10
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

As everyone has pretty much covered all the standard stuff, I just wanted to add that when I was learning Chinese I downloaded a pinyin IME. This allowed me to type the word normally on an English keyboard and it would work out if the word required macron's, umlauts, or what-ever accents and add them automatically.

This was useful for me because 4 out of every 5 letters required an accent when writing in Pinyin. So changing to another IME was useful when I needed to type a whole lot of these at once.
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