Installing the International Keyboard in Windows XP/Vista
To type accented letters and special punctuation in Spanish, it is recommended that you install the 'International Keyboard' option in Windows XP/Vista.
Instructions for Windows XP
- 1. Click "Start"
- 2. Click "Control Panel"
- 3. Click "Regional and Language Options"
- 4. Select "Languages" tab
- 5. Click "Details..."
- 6. Under "Installed Services" click "Add.."
- 7. Make sure "Keyboard layout/IME" is checked and select "United States-International"
- 8. Click "OK" and exit the system to finalize the installation
Instructions for Windows Vista
- 1. Click "Control Panel"
- 2. Select "Clock, Language and Region"
- 3. Under Regional and Language Options, pick "Change keyboard or other input method."
- 4. Select the General tab. Under "Installed Services" click "Add..."
- 5. Find the "United States-International" option and select it.
- 6. In the pull-down menu, select "United States-International" as the default language.
- 7. Click OK to exit the menu system and finalize the installation.
Using the "right-Alt"
Once installed, the international keyboard then allows you to do the following:
- Add the accents to the vowels, press the right-Alt key at the same time as the vowel.
Example: To type á, press the right-Alt key and the a at the same time. If you're capitalizing to make Á, you'll have to press three keys simultaneously — the a, right-Alt and the shift key.
- Add special characters.
Example: Angular quotation markets (« and ») can be created by pressing the right-Alt key and one of the bracket keys simultaneously. The inverted question mark (¿) and inverted exclamation point (¡) are also done similarly. Press right-Alt and the 1 key (which also is used for the exclamation point) for the inverted exclamation point; for the inverted question mark, press right-Alt and the question mark key at the same time.