Re: Alt Gr key
- From: John Doue <notwobe@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:29:47 GMT
John Doue wrote on Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:02:56 GMT:But Bill, knowing how informed you like to be, I could not resist posting the link ... and it seems to have been useful :=).BillW50 wrote:M.I.5¾ wrote on Thu, 13 Nov 2008 11:11:12 -0000:Bill,The Alt-Gr key, as noted allows access to a third character on many foreign keyboards where accented letters abound (like Fench and German). the Alt-Gr key only affects two keys on a regular UK English keyboard, one being the most top left key next to the  key. the [`] key gives [¬] when shifted, and the [¦] symbol with Alt-Gr. The only othe rkey is the  key which gives the [?] sybol wih Alt-Gr.
Just curious! Not having a British keyboard in front of me. Where is the British Pound key usually located?
If I were somebody else, I might say: Google it. :=)
Here is the link you want:
Geez! All you had to say was above the 3 key. Anyway I also learned about the US International Keyboard while I was there and I installed it. Now I don't have to use ALT-FN and all of those number pad keys to type special characters anymore. Although I never did learn the ALT code to create the degree symbol (°). I have tried and that one never seems to work. And it isn't in the US International Layout either. :(
Being confronted on a daily basis to the issue of accents and other non-US characters on a US keyboard, I decided a long time ago to take what I think is the easiest route.
First, since Windows was supposed to make computing easier - a laugh - I refuse to use any shortcut which requires me to have three hands ...
Secund, I like the idea of WYSIWYG: so, I did not install in Windows a keyboard other than the one I physically use.
Then, I use a nice piece of software - http://www.swapkeys.com/ - with which I have progammed all characters I need beyond the US keyboard with combinations of Alt *or* (not and) Ctrl + characters. I can type "Noël", "soirée", and so on with a few two finger shortcuts that I have memorized over time. Since this utility runs in the background, those shortcuts are available in any Windows program. And in over 10 years of use, I never ran into a problem.
Its main fault might be that if you close its screen, it actually terminates without warning when you would want it to stay resident. You have to minimize it, not close it. It has never been updated and is not overly polished, but I cannot complain, it does nicely the job.
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