How to type Spanish language characters, accents, codes and punctuation marks on Windows, Mac, and Linux on an English keyboard.
Typing Spanish Accents Easily: Although most people memorize codes, I recommend Andrew Lu's free genius download called Spanish Accents CapsLock which makes any Spanish character with a push of the tab or the caps lock key!
Just download the tiny 417 kb .exe file.
For occasional use, place it anywhere in your computer. Make a shortcut to it, and place it in your desktop or taskbar. Whenever you need to type accents in Spanish, just click on the shortcut, hold Caps Lock key, and type the letter.
For daily use, place the .exe file in your Start folder. This way, it will be running from the start (only 1,668 memory use).
When using Windows you MUST use the numeric keypad (to the right of the keyboard) to type these special characters.
|á||Hold down ALT||and type||160 or 0225|
|é||Hold down ALT||and type||130 or 0233|
|í||Hold down ALT||and type||161 or 0237|
|ó||Hold down ALT||and type||162 or 0243|
|ú||Hold down ALT||and type||163 or 0250|
|Á||Hold down ALT||and type||0193|
|É||Hold down ALT||and type||0201|
|Í||Hold down ALT||and type||0205|
|Ó||Hold down ALT||and type||0211|
|Ú||Hold down ALT||and type||0218|
|ü||Hold down ALT||and type||129 or 0252|
|Ü||Hold down ALT||and type||154 or 0220|
|ñ||Hold down ALT||and type||164 or 0241|
|Ñ||Hold down ALT||and type||165 or 0209|
|¿||Hold down ALT||and type||168 or 0191|
|¡||Hold down ALT||and type||173 or 0161|
|¼||Hold down ALT||and type||172|
|½||Hold down ALT||and type||171|
|º||Hold down ALT||and type||167|
Programming Spanish Characters and Spanish Accent Marks on Word
It is also possible to program Microsoft Word to use a key such as the ALT with the letter or symbol to do the same thing. Go to the Insert menu and select Symbol, highlight the symbol that you want to program, such as Á (capital A with accent). Then select the Shortcut Key and "press new shortcut key". The "current keys" will tell you what the current shortcut is to that key. Since I use very few shortcuts on my keyboard, I have assigned ALT + n to give me ñ and ATL + o to give me ó (accented o) etc. You will still need the above codes because this programming only works in Word, of course, you can always create your documents in Word and then cut and paste them into e-mail and other types of documents.
Suppress the Red and Green Underline in Word
If you are using MS Word and the wavy underlines check spelling (red underline) and check grammar (green underline) clutter your document, while you are typing in Spanish, you can temporarily hide them as follows:
1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Spelling & Grammar tab.
2. Select the Hide spelling errors in this document and Hide grammatical errors in this document check boxes.
It works in all Windows programs like email, Word, Excel, Paint, web browsers, and TM programs. You can leave it set at all times, because it doesn't interfere with working in English. You don't have to switch back and forth with another keyboard. It is free, and it is part of Windows
How to install for Windows 10:
Click Start > Settings (from the windows icon at bottom left) > Time & Language > On the left side, select Region & language > At the bottom right, select Additional date, time, & regional settings > On the right side, under "Language", select "Change input methods" > On the row that says, "English (United States), select "Options" > Under "Input method", select "Add an input method" > Click on that and then scroll down the list until you see "United States-International" > Click to add it to your language bar (should be in system tray) > Optional, under "Input method", on the row for "US", click "Remove" > Click "Save" > close the settings windows.
How to install for Windows 8:
Click Start > Control Panel > Under Clock, Language and Region, click Change input methods > Click Options to the right of your language > Click Add an input method > Select United States-International / Touch keyboard layout.
For Capital Letter, press Shift with the final character.
|á||Hold down Option and e||and type||a|
|é||Hold down Option and e||and type||e|
|í||Hold down Option and e||and type||i|
|ó||Hold down Option and e||and type||o|
|ú||Hold down Option and e||and type||u|
|Á||Hold down Option, e and Shift||and type||a|
|É||Hold down Option, e and Shift||and type||e|
|Í||Hold down Option, e and Shift||and type||i|
|Ó||Hold down Option, e and Shift||and type||o|
|Ú||Hold down Option, e and Shift||and type||u|
|ü||Hold down Option and u||and type||u|
|Ü||Hold down Option and u, release and then hold down Shift||and type||u|
|ñ||Hold down Option and n||and type||n|
|Ñ||Hold down Option, n and Shift||and type||n|
|¿||Hold down Option and Shift||and type||/|
|¡||Hold down Option||and type||1|
This is my operating system. I love Linux! You need to change the keyboard layout:
Click Menu > Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard layouts tab > click "+" sign at the bottom left > scroll down and select > "English (US, international with dead keys)" > Add > Highlight "English (US, international with dead keys)" > click "^" to move "English (US, international with dead keys)" up > Done.
Using Left Alt key: Click Menu > Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard layouts tab > Options... > Key to choose 3rd level > select "Left Alt" > Close.
Adding Currency sign € or other signs to certain keys: Click Menu > Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard layouts tab > Options... > click Adding currency signs to certain keys > select Euro on 4 > Close.
Remove the American flag icon from the panel: In the panel, right click the American flag > Remove this applet. Done.
How to use it: Hold down the Alt key (right or left) and press the letter with an accent. For capitals, hold down the Shift key and the Alt key and press the letter with an accent. For symbols, hold down the Alt key and press the letter with the symbol. For quotation marks, hold down the Shift key, press the quotation marks key and press the space bar. For the Euro sign, hold down the Alt key and press the Dollar sign key.