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Accented Characters

To type accented characters on Windows XP, select:
Start > Control Panel > Date, Time, Language and Regional Options > Add other Languages > Text services and input languages > Details > Add > Keyboard layout/IME > United States-International (qwerty keyboard). The use of specific language keyboards are useful to those who are familiar with the specific language keyboard in question.

Also read the ASCII values and Character Sets topic for more information.

To type accented characters on other Windows OS, select:
My Computer Control Panel - Keyboard - Language Properties - United States-International. This setting will allow you to type characters with accents without re-mapping your keyboard.
On older systems, you may need to install the files Kbdusx.kbd and Kbdusx.dll in the windows\system directory of the machine in question.
You can also select one of the French keyboards, but I personally do not advise it for most English speaking users.
The US-International keyboard layout does not remap your standard US keyboard layout. Instead it creates international characters by assigning certain characters a strikeover function so you can use them to add an accent or diacritical mark to a character. It also assigns new functions to the RIGHT ALT key. It is advised to use this method when you need to type many foreign characters and need to type them in other applications as well. This method changes the characters that display when you press the keys on your keyboard.  To access the file Kbdusx.dll on Windows NT, select My Computer > Control Panel > Keyboard > Input Locales > Properties > and then select US International in the Keyboard Layout pull down list.
After selecting the Ok button, the system will try to find the necessary file (Kbdusx.dll) and ask to insert the CD for Windows NT or to indicate the location of a network server. After finding the file Kbdusx.dll it will copy it to the system directory on your machine. The workflow for Windows 95 and 98 is somewhat identical.
From within MicroSoft Word, you can also use the Insert Symbol command to insert available symbols. To access a different set of symbols, select a different font in the Symbols From box.

Outlook: Reading and sending mail in other languages
If you receive unmarked international messages, they will most of the time display correctly, but some languages with different character set may not because Outlook uses the specified default encoding for unmarked messages. These default encoding values depend of the Regional Settings or system local settings of your Operating System. For most languages specify Western European as a default. To do so, select Tools > Options > Mail Format tab > International Options button, then select Western European for incoming and outgoing messages. Note that encoding apply to messages that you receive and messages that you send. If you want to send and receive messages that contain multiple character sets or multiple alphabets, select Unicode. To change the encoding of a received message View menu > Encoding, then select the alphabet you want to use.

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See also Microsfot Keywords : kb16bitonly kbInput kbKeyIn kbSDKPlatform in Microsoft support

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