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Assigning a block of keys for special functions

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September 18, 2005 10:44:01 PM

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Is there a way to assign a group of special characters to the number pad and
then turn on and off these special functions, as a group, with a "thing" on
the bar at the bottom of the screen? I need to put French language
characters on my computer for occasional messages in French, but I do not
want a French language keyboard which I cannot type on. The number pad is
the ideal solution because, with the shift key, I can get some 20 characters
on it.

Thank you whomever.
September 19, 2005 6:47:14 AM

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In news:065F0427-660A-4D1E-BCC3-0955136971BC@microsoft.com,
JC <JC@discussions.microsoft.com> had this to say:

My reply is at the bottom of your sent message:

> Is there a way to assign a group of special characters to the number
> pad and then turn on and off these special functions, as a group,
> with a "thing" on the bar at the bottom of the screen? I need to put
> French language characters on my computer for occasional messages in
> French, but I do not want a French language keyboard which I cannot
> type on. The number pad is the ideal solution because, with the
> shift key, I can get some 20 characters on it.
>
> Thank you whomever.

In addition to David's advice:

How To Use the United States-International Keyboard Layout in Windows ... :
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306560

That's what I use to type the ¡²³¤?¼½¾öóíúüþ®éåäáßð type stuff...

Then you can just hit the ' key and hit the letter "a" for instance and get
á or é or í etc... I don't know what French languages need but that seems
to cover most of them.

Galen
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September 19, 2005 3:31:44 PM

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In news:065F0427-660A-4D1E-BCC3-0955136971BC@microsoft.com,
JC <JC@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> Is there a way to assign a group of special characters to the
> number
> pad and then turn on and off these special functions, as a
> group,
> with a "thing" on the bar at the bottom of the screen? I need
> to put
> French language characters on my computer for occasional
> messages in
> French, but I do not want a French language keyboard which I
> cannot
> type on. The number pad is the ideal solution because, with
> the
> shift key, I can get some 20 characters on it.


I know of nothing that works specifically that way, but I use a
little freeware background program called AllChars. This lets me
type many common special characters (many of these are used in
other languages) by pressing the ctrl key followed by a two
character mnemonic combination.
For example, for ñ the two characters are ~ and n. For ç it's c
and , For ü it's u and "

Go to http://allchars.zwolnet.com/


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