Typing Spanish Characters...

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When typing anything is Spanish, entering an incorrect letter can often lead to unexpected results.  For instance, let's say I want to wish someone a "Happy New Year."  I can simply type Feliz (Happy) Ano (Year) Nuevo (New).  However, on careful inspection, I actually said "Happy New Ass." 

The reason... I forgot to use the special "n" character that contains a tilde (~) above the letter.  In Spanish, that letter is pronounced en-yay.  It is not a replacement for the letter "n" but instead it's own individual letter.  So that begs the question, How do I type the character <>?

There are two ways to approach this problem... buy and install a Spanish Keyboard for your PC or use the specially imbedded characters already located in your computer's operating system.  These characters are referred to as the ASCII Extended Character Set.


Using A Spanish Keyboard...

This is an elegant solution.  All the characters you want are right in front of you, literally at your fingertips.  However, my concerns with this are:

  • It's an additional piece of hardware

  • Impractical for laptop users

  • It's different layout makes it difficult for touch typists.

  • Always switching setup configurations between U.S. and Spanish character sets


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I prefer to use the built in ASCII Character Set that comes with the computer's operating system because it's easy and rarely used.  Only on the rare occasion when I have a need for a Spanish character do I use the Extended Character Set.

To make things easy for me I created a "cheat sheet" that contains 17 of the most likely characters I will need when typing Spanish content.  I've also included three unique characters that are common for both Spanish and English.

Those characters include:


ALT+

0193

0201

0237

0211

0218

165

168

8353

172

ALT+

160

130

161

162

163

164

173

167

171


These characters can be entered from any Windows based application by following these steps:

  • Press the NUM LOC key on your keyboard

  • Press and hold the ALT key and enter the 3 or 4 digit numeric code using the numeric keypad to the right of the alpha keypad

  • If you are using a laptop, the numeric keypad is integrated into the regular keyboard.  Just make certain to TURN OFF the NUM LOC key when you are finished entering the Spanish Characters.


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