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How can I write portuguese characters with my english Keyboard?

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RennyVictor Calculating status...
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Sep 12, 2012 6:25 AM

I recently bought a Macbook pro in New York, the keybord comes in English and I am based in Brazil and need to type the Brazilian characters language, what are the shortcuts to be able to write those characters?

or can i buy another keyboard (usb) with the portuguese characters and plug it to my Macbook pro the be able to write portuguese.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)

    Just hold down the base letter key and you will get a popup menu from which you can choose the accented character you want.


    Or use these shortcuts:


    Option/alt + n, then a or o will produce ã or õ


    Option/alt + c will produce ç


    Option/alt + e, then e will produce é, etc


    Option/alt + i, then a will produce â, etc

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)

    On the unibodies, the keyboard is officially unchangeable. Apple would have you replace the whole topcase, that has both the keyboard and trackpad bonded in place. Not the cheapest proposition, so the external keyboard option, be it cabled via USB or wireless via Bluetooth, becomes an attractive alternative. Heck, add a mouse and a display in the mix and you can run it with lid closed in Clamshell Mode.


    As for getting the OS to recoognize and use the different language keyboard, go to System Preferences / Language & Text / Input Sources to enable the desired keyboard mappings. I see at least two options attractive to you: Brazil and Portugal. Note that you can enable different mappings (aka Input Sources) and switch between them on the fly. While there, you can enable the "Keyboard & Character Viewer" option, pops up a menulet on the menubar that in turn lets you open the Keyboard Viewer; a mini window showing how each key of the current keyboard is mapped.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)

    Courcoul wrote:


    I see at least two options attractive to you: Brazil and Portugal.


    The layout provided by Apple called "Brazilian" is in fact identical to that called "US".

  • Mr. Valle Calculating status...

    Hello RennyVictor,


    I was having the same problem. Your problem it is your are using the wrong Keyboard Layout, probably the "Portuguese" or "Brazilian" layout.


    Go to the System Preferences > Language & Text > Keyboard layouts


    There is this long list of layouts, look for: "US International - PC" enable it.


    Now disable the "Portuguese" or "Brazilian" layout.


    Now, every time you push the special characters letters it will appear with an yellow background and you can type the letter you want with it. Just like in windows.

  • maclouco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you would like to use the Brazilian Portuguese oficial layout on your US keyboard then download and install this file:

    Follow the instructions in the Read Me file for installation and configuration.


    The layout provided by Apple is not friendly, and actually a disrepect to the how Brazilians type.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)

    maclouco wrote:


    If you would like to use the Brazilian Portuguese oficial layout on your US keyboard


    What is the difference between your layout on a US keyboard and the one called US International PC which is already provided by Apple and mentioned in this discussion last November?

  • maclouco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is a comparison between the Brazilian Portuguese official layout (referred to as ABNT2) and the US International layout:


    The solution provided in my response above is not exactly the ABNT2 standard, but it's the closest that I found to enable my US English keyboard (on my new iMac) to emmulate the ABNT2 standard.


    Apple should strive to follow official standards.  Apple does sell the Portuguese wireless keyboard (which I don't have), but does not provide the layout for those who have the US English keyboard.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,850 points)

    Perhaps I was unclear.  Your download contains two keyboard layouts,  Brasil and Brasileiro.  When using a US hardware keyboard, it looks to me like Brasil is the same as the Apple layout called US International PC and Brasileiro is the same as the Apple layout called Portuguese.   But perhaps I have missed some differences?

  • maclouco Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, you are correct Tom.


    As a suggestion Apple should not call its Brazilian layout as such, just use the Portuguese layout and use the Brazilian flag.

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,180 points)

    FWIW, this is the Official list of keyboard localizations offered by Apple. You will note that there are two different shaped keyboard cutouts in the topcase, and the rest is handled with different keycaps:


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