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Foreign Language Keyboards

Both the Windows and Macintosh operating systems come with free keyboard interfaces that allow you to type in foreign languages in any program.  These keyboards are a vast improvement on the ALT key combinations that many still use, and tie in automatically to the grammar and spell checkers within Microsoft Office. 

Here, for example, is the keyboard interface for Spanish. You will note that most of the letters remain in the same place as they are on the U.S: keyboard, but accented characters (like ñ) can be typed by striking just one key. Using the key next to the ñ (the apostrophe on the U.S. keyboard), you can type an accent mark and then type the letter that goes underneath it to achieve an accented character like é.

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Windows 7 Instructions

Macintosh Instructions

 

KU Homophonic (Phonetic) Keyboards

While many foreign language keyboards map quite closely to the U.S. keyboards, there are many that have no correspondence at all.  These keyboards are based on the typewriter keyboards of their home countries, and can be learned rather quickly, especially with the aid of stickers placed on your U.S. keyboard.  For those seeking a shortcut to avoid learning the "real" keyboard, we provide homophonic keyboards for Windows that map the letters in the foreign language to the nearest sound equivalent on the U.S. keyboard.  These keyboards are provided free on the Macintosh operating system.  Below you will find both the installation files and complete instructions for installing these keyboards on Windows.

The zipped installation packages found below are compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP. 

In order to activate one of these keyboards in Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, you will need to log out and log back in after you have successfully installed it.


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