- Click Start and select Settings, Control Panel, Regional Settings from the desktop
- Select the Input Locales tab
- Verify the driver for the locale needed
- Click Add and select the locale
- After more than one locale has been added, select the one to use and click Set as Default
- Select the method of switching locales in the Switch Locales frame
- Mark Enable indicator on the taskbar to see which locale is currently being used
- Use the keyboard to enter characters according to the keyboard of the region that was selected
To use only one character at a time without setting the keyboard you can search the Windows Character Map which uses the extended character set (ALT+ ###).
- Click Start and select Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map from the desktop
- Select the Font being used
- Select the character to be used
- The Status bar will display the Keystroke used to enter the character. This functionality exists for most software.
e.g. The keystroke for ñ is Alt+0241. To insert this character, place the cursor where it should be entered, press and hold the ALT key, type 0241, and release the ALT key. ñ will appear as a single character.
Note: You must use the number keypad on the right-hand side of the keyboard instead of the numbers directly above the letter keys.
Some of the most common key combinations are listed below:
ALT + 131= â
ALT + 133= à
ALT + 164= ñ
ALT + 130= é
ALT + 132= â
ALT + 138= è