To add an input locale or keyboard layout:
  1. Click Start and select Settings, Control Panel, Regional Settings from the desktop
  2. Select the Input Locales tab
  3. Verify the driver for the locale needed
  4. Click Add and select the locale
  5. After more than one locale has been added, select the one to use and click Set as Default
  6. Select the method of switching locales in the Switch Locales frame
  7. Mark Enable indicator on the taskbar to see which locale is currently being used
  8. 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 + 129= ü

        ALT + 131= â

        ALT + 133= à

        ALT + 164= ñ

        ALT + 130= é

        ALT + 132= â

        ALT + 138= è