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How to type accented letters

In addition to regular un-accented letters like A, E, and N, EclipseCrossword also lets you use accented letters like Á, Ë, and Ñ.  Here's how.

Tip: Computers that use any of most Western European languages, such as English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, will work fine for any of those other languages without needing to change any additional settings.  For other languages, you may need to change settings before EclipseCrossword will allow those letters, or you might not be able to use text in that language at all.  For more information, see What languages does EclipseCrossword support?

You have several options for entering words and clues in other languages.  These suggestions will work in almost any program on your computer, not just EclipseCrossword.

Using words from web pages or other documents

If the words you want to use are on web pages or other documents, you can copy them and paste them into your word list.  To do this, highlight the word or phrase you want to copy, and then press Ctrl+C.  Then, in EclipseCrossword, click in the box where you want the word or clue to go, and press Ctrl+V to paste it.

Using a different keyboard layout

If you need to type a lot of text in other languages, you should consider switching your keyboard layout.  Your keyboard layout determines what letters get inserted when you type keys on your keyboard.  One popular keyboard layout is the US International layout.  With this keyboard layout set up on your computer, you can type é by pressing ' and then E on your keyboard—the keyboard layout automatically combines the two keystrokes into one accented letter.

For more information on switching your keyboard layout, check out these online resources.  (These web sites are not controlled by Green Eclipse, and we do not endorse their content.)

Using Character Map and the Alt key codes

Finally, if you don't need to type many accented letters, only occasionally, your best option may be to use Character Map to learn a few key codes that you can use.  Windows allows you to type an extremely wide variety of characters by holding down the right Alt key and typing numeric codes on the keypad on your keyboard.  (This works with any keyboard layout.)  For example, you can type é by holding down RightAlt, typing 0 2 2 3 on the keypad, and then releasing Alt.  These codes aren't intuitive, so Windows comes with a tool to help you find them called Character Map.

To start Character Map, click Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, and then Character Map.  (Instructions may vary slightly on older versions of Windows.)  Then, to find out the code for a character, find it in the list and then click on it.  In the lower-right corner of the window, you'll see the key sequence you need to press to type this character.

Screenshot of Character Map
Character Map shows how to type accented letters.
In this example, to type é, hold down Alt and type 0 2 2 3.

After a while, you'll learn the key codes for the most common letters you use.  If you find yourself needing to type a lot of accented letters, consider changing your keyboard layout as described above. 

 

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