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United States-International Keyboard Layout for Windows

This step-by-step guide describes how to use the United States-International keyboard layout in Windows XP. With the United States-International layout, you can type international and special characters by using combinations of keys.

Adding the United States-International Keyboard Layout

To add the United States-International keyboard layout, follow these steps:

1.Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
2.Under Pick a category, click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
3.Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Regional and Language Options.
The Regional and Language Options dialog box appears.
4.On the Languages tab, click Details.
The Text Services and Input Languages dialog box appears.
5.Under Installed services, click Add.
The Add Input language dialog box appears.
6.In the Input language list, click English (United States).
NOTE: Do NOT set the input language to a language other than Englishif you do, some letter and symbol keys may change positions on your keyboard.
7.In the Keyboard layout/IME list, click United States-International, and then click OK.
8.In the Select one of the installed input languages to use when you start your computer list, click English - United States-International'' (where Language name is the language that you selected in step 6), and then click OK.
9.In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click OK.
Notice that the Language bar appears on the taskbar. When you position the mouse pointer over it, a ToolTip appears that describes the active keyboard layout. For example, United States-International.
10.Click the Language bar, and then click United States-International on the shortcut menu that appears.
The United States-International keyboard layout is selected.

Creating International Characters with the United States-International Keyboard

When you press the APOSTROPHE (') key, QUOTATION MARK (") key, ACCENT GRAVE (`) key, TILDE (~) key, ACCENT CIRCUMFLEX key, or CARET (^) key, nothing appears on the screen until you press a second key. If you press one of the letters designated as eligible to receive an accent mark, the accented version of the letter appears. If you press the key of a character that is not eligible to receive an accent mark, two separate characters appear.

The following table illustrates the accented characters that you can create:

Press this keyThen press this keyResultant character
' (APOSTROPHE)C, c,
' (APOSTROPHE)e, y, u, i, o, a, , , , ,
"(QUOTATION MARK)e, u, i, o, a, , , ,
`(ACCENT GRAVE)e, u, i, o, , ,
~(TILDE)o, n,
^(CARET)e, u, i, o, a, , , ,

Creating Extended Characters with the United States-International Keyboard

The United States-International keyboard layout assigns new functions to the right ALT key (the ALT key on the right side of the keyboard). Use the right ALT key in combination with other keys to create extended characters.

The following table illustrates characters that you can create by using the combination of the right ALT key plus another key, as well as those that you can create by using the right ALT key plus the SHIFT key plus another key:


Key on United States keyboard Character Made with Right ALT+Key SHIFT+Right ALT+Key
1i
2N/A
3N/A
4
5N/A
61/4N/A
71/2N/A
83/4N/A
9'N/A
0'N/A
-N/A
=
Q
W
E
R(r)N/A
T
Y
U
 

Key on United States keyboard
Character Made with Right ALT+Key SHIFT+Right ALT+Key
I
O
P
[<<N/A
]>>N/A
\
A
S
D
L
;
'
Z
C(c)
N
MN/A
,
/N/A
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