Nov 22, 2005, 9:14 AM
Post #6 of 27
To set a keyboard to be capable of more than one language in XP, open control panel, and click on the “Regional and language options” icon. When it opens, click on the “languages” tab. Then click on the “details” button.
When the “details” window opens, click on the “add” button and follow the instructions. You can choose another language to add from a drop down list. There is ‘ “Spanish”, and “Spanish Mexico.” Adding a second keyboard language is a similar process for W95, W98, and W2000. It may be an identical process, I don’t really remember, but I have added Spanish language capabilities to my keyboards using all of those operating systems in the past.
To shift from one language to the other using XP, you must press the ALT and SHIFT keys simultaneously. Using W95, W98, or W2000, a language icon will be installed on your taskbar. You click on it to select the language you want to use.
All the letters and the comma, and period, and the numbers on a Spanish keyboard will remain the same as an English keyboard. The semi colon and colon key will change to ñ or Ñ. Most of the other punctuation mark locations will be changed or moved. There is an accent mark which only appears when the next key is struck, as In México, or, if used as an apostrophe when typing in English when the keyboard is set for Spanish, by striking the space bar, thus: ´ as in don’t.
As I am typing this, my keyboard is set for Spanish. The auto spellchecker in MS Word is going bananas. I have added the Spanish dictionary to it; it automatically switches to the language that the keyboard is set to.
Until you begin to learn the Spanish keyboard, it might be helpful to mark the Spanish characters on your keyboard with a fine tipped felt pen, if you have a light colored keyboard. Those markings will wear off in about a month if you don’t cover them with little squares of Scotch tape. Transparent language stickers are available for either black, or light colored keyboards. Do a Google search to find where to buy them if you wish.
Both my wife’s and my desktop computers have Spanish keyboards. Her OS is in Spanish, mine is in English. I have enabled both languages for both of them, and put the English markings on them. My wife leaves hers set for Spanish, I leave mine set for English. We switch the languages as needed. My laptop has a black keyboard in English so I wasn’t able to place Spanish markings on it after I enabled the Spanish language for the keyboard. It was a little confusing at first, typing in Spanish with it. It is getting easier as I am beginning to learn the Spanish keyboard.
I hope this helps, Rex
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(This post was edited by RexC on Nov 22, 2005, 9:20 AM)