Previous 1 2 Next 15 Replies Latest reply: Sep 4, 2008 9:55 AM by whetty101
whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi everyone I just got my first MacBook on 2 days ago and with it iWork. However every now and then I need to type in french and don't know how to put the accents on in pages. Does anyone know the keyboard shortcuts for them?

Also is office better for typing in other languages?

thanks

MacBook 2.4GhZ, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    Does anyone know the keyboard shortcuts for them?


    Here is a full list:

    http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/diacritics.html

    You can also activate a French keyboard layout via system prefs/international/input menu.

    Also is office better for typing in other languages?


    No. Apple (and other) apps can handle various languages that are not supported at all by Office for Mac.

    If you have any specific questions are typing various languages, feel free to ask.
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes however I have a British keyboard not a US keyboard and they don't work for me.

    sorry.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    Yes however I have a British keyboard not a US keyboard and they don't work for me.


    They should be same for the British layout. Tell me what you get when you type the following:

    Option/alt + e, then e.
    Option/alt + `, then e.
    Option/alt + u, then e.
    Option/alt + i, then e.
  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)
    Yes however I have a British keyboard not a US keyboard and they don't work for me.


    Apple has patented a solution to this shortcoming (which in point of fact dates back to the Apple Lisa in 1983 and the Apple Macintosh in 1984). The solution is to support key graphics dynamically in software instead of supporting key graphics statically in hardware. In other words, when one picks a writing system, the key graphics change to match the writing system one selects. When this is implemented in product, it will be an improvement.

    hh
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There you go I couldn't find one of the things so have left it out.

    Option/alt + e, then e. é
    Option/alt + `, then e. don't know where ` is but i do know where it is on a windows keyboard
    Option/alt + u, then e. ë
    Option/alt + i, then e. ê
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    There you go


    So the shortcuts for the US keyboard do also work on your keyboard. Do you still have a problem for writing French accents?

    don't know where ` is but i do know where it is on a windows keyboard


    Do you not see this on the very topmost leftmost key?
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,560 points)
    *Option/alt + `, then e. don't know where ` is but i do know where it is on a windows keyboard*

    ` is the key immediately above the tab key on the left of the keyboard.

    I use both the Australian and USA keyboards and they are identical to the English one except possibly for the £ symbol which is option 3 on my keyboard but may be elsewhere on yours.

    Which was the one you couldn't find? ç which is option c?
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I found how to do è but my ` key is next to the left shift button I think that Apple have designed a new keyboard. But what about: ç and also the one where in Spanish you have a squiggly line above n?
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    my ` key is next to the left shift button I think that Apple have designed a new keyboard.


    That's the ISO keyboard often used in Europe. It has one more key than the ANSI keyboard used in the US.

    But what about: ç


    As it says in the link that I gave you earlier: Option/alt + c.

    and also the one where in Spanish you have a squiggly line above n?


    As it says in the link that I gave you earlier: Option/alt + n, then n.
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks but can anyone think of any other accents that I have missed out.
    The ones I have already are:
    é
    ë
    ê
    è
    ç
    ñ
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    Thanks but can anyone think of any other accents that I have missed out.


    What other languages do you need to type?

    To make any other accents beyond the ones you already have (tilde, grave, acute, diaeresis/umlaut, circumflex, c-cedilla) you would need to switch keyboard layouts in system prefs/international/input menu.
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    just french, spanish and english but I know all of english things as there aren't any.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,475 points)
    just french, spanish and english


    For Spanish you may want to know where ¡ and ¿ are. It should be Option/alt + 1 and Option/alt + Shift + /. The Euro € should be at Option/alt + 2.
  • whetty101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks for all your help thats all I need.
Previous 1 2 Next