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    Keyboard: English to French

    Greetings, I have been trying to learn some french and am not very good but I keep trying to read the french posts anyways.

    I was wondering it lloks like some ppl switch between english and fench easilly, I was wondering how they do that, how can you change your keys from english to french? Im thinking specifically about the accesnted letters.


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    Language bar

    You need the language bar to do that. Info is available with the Help and Support of Windows under Language Bar topic:

    To show the Language bar
    Open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel.
    On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.
    Under Preferences, click Language Bar.
    Select the Show the Language bar on the desktop check box.

    More info available in Windows Help.

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    Hey Coca Cola,

    You can get a special keyboard with French Characters, they make keyboards for all languages. It is just not easy to find one locally that is not in your native language. If you search online you can order one in any language you want, however it would be a real pain in the ass to use with English Windows most of the time.

    You can get a localized versions of Windows (in this case French) that will work great, with your foreign keyboard if you prefer to use French most of the time. But, typing in English will be a pain and again finding a French copy of Windows in the States is not that easy to do (you can order it online rather easily though).

    Your best and cheapest option is to install the French "langauge pack" on top of your existing English Windows. This is assuming that you have Windows 2000 or above and that you have access to an original OS CD.
    Then you can switch to Frech when you need to by learning the character mapping from the English keyboard you already have.

    Here is all you need to know to do it.


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    Alternatively, you can use the specially designed mer/c keyboard which comprises only the characters "Z" and "M".

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    ALT codes

    You may also use the ALT codes. You will find the codes here ...

    By pressing ALT and a number on the numeric keypad, you can type any of the accented characters. For example by pressing ALT 130, I just typed é. Using the ALT codes in conjunction with a word processor with ability to correct French,you can get started right away. In MS Word, when you attempt to set Language as "French", you will be prompted to enter the original disk in order to load the French thesaurus. Hope this helps ...
    Last edited by prophetofdoom; 07-10-2007 at 01:22 AM.

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    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and receive eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.

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    Talking Lmao~!

    This reminds me of a funny story ... I was working as a consultant at a construction jobsite on a project in Mexico.

    So the first day I show up for work the two computer 'experts' they had working for them set up my computer and formatted it for English and everything worked fine ... almost, sort of.

    First problem was that I couldn't print anything because my computer wasn't communicating properly with the printer in the main office across from my trailer.

    That was easily solved by deleting every program file they installed and starting from scratch. And once they were done I could print my work out no problem, ..again ...sort of.

    Now the strange problem was that my computer didn't speak English anymore. Now it spoke "Spanglish" (in the NYC area that term comes from 2nd & 3rd generation Latinos who switch back & forth between Spanish & English in a conversation, sometimes in the middle of a sentence).

    I open up Microsoft Explorer and click on "My Documents" and the window that pops up is "Mis Documentos". Fortunately I have a great sense of humor. I learned to navigate between languages to get my work done.

    The troubling part was when error messages appeared ... sometimes in English, sometimes in Spanish. (Note: This also happens at Mexican ATM machines, too, by the way. Be forewarned.)

    And, as mentioned here, the alphabet is basically the same but with a few notable exceptions. Accented letters.

    So the "N" has another key next to it with the "squiggly-N" (I can't type it 'cause my keyboard's not Spanish but you know what I mean).

    Which means other letters have to shift around slightly to make room for them. Slightly disconcerting at first.

    Then there's other changes that are downright annoying.

    Think about it: the "@" symbol is an abbreviation of the word "at" in English.

    Try sending somebody an e-mail from a foreign computer that doesn't have the "@" symbol on the keyboard. Uh-huh.

    PS - I won't even mention how often the scorpions can cause document jams in your printer. Aaaaaarrrggghhh!
    Last edited by incognito_NYC; 07-10-2007 at 11:42 PM.
    - Incognito_NYC

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    Thanks for the help. I now believe I have the international keyboard working.

    á ä ç garçon

    Also it was neat to see you can hold alt and hit # on keypad to get char.

    Je vous remercie encore.

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