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(Solved) - Cannot make special Characters on my Laptop using ALT

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  • Started 6 years ago by rimanere2
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rimanere2
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I've got a Toshiba Laptop and Vista OS. Laptops usually have an American-style keyboard, and Spanish (as well as other languages) requires some special keys that aren't on American keyboards. I cannot make special characters using my keyboard. I check some forums over the internet and they suggest to use the Fn keyboard in combination with ALT, but this trick does not work for me.To get the characters I am using the CHARACTER MAP. Does anyone knows a way to insert this characters using the keyboard?
I will appreciate your help.

Posted 6 years ago
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pipo
Posts: 428

Try pressing FN + Numlock (in my laptop, it's the F11 key). This should make your keyboard lock to the numbers, like in my laptop M = 0, J = 1, K = 2, L = 3, etc.

HTH

Posted 6 years ago
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rimanere2
Posts: 40

Thank you Pipo,
The combination of Fn + F11 make my keyboard lock to the numbers, but I cannot still generate special characters such as the "ň".

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pipo
Posts: 428

Which application are you using?

Posted 6 years ago
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rimanere2
Posts: 40

Pipo,I am using notepad.

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pipo
Posts: 428

Have you tried other text editors, like MS Word?

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Lighthouse
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it works with numlock on or off
Are you holding down the fn & Alt keys when you tap in 164?

Posted 6 years ago
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rimanere2
Posts: 40

It is working now, Thank you Pipo and Lighthouse.

Posted 6 years ago
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pipo
Posts: 428

how'd you make it work? maybe you can share what you did (just in case i might encounter a similar prob with my laptop :D )

Posted 6 years ago
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rimanere2
Posts: 40

What I did it is to update the driver for the keyboard and then lock the numbers ( By clicking Fn + F11) and press the corresponding letters for ALT 164 (ALT + J + O + U).
Thank you again for your help.

Posted 6 years ago
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elizbell
Posts: 2

I am using a Dell Laptop with a Targus keypad and this is what I have to do to type special characters on the keypad: On your laptop press ALT and hold, then press Fn+ the numerical code for the special character, such as 0242 for a ñ.

Posted 5 years ago
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elizbell
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Excuse me, that was ALT+Fn+241 for a ñ!

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Odeho19
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Which is the "Fn" key? I have a Dell XPS 410,w/ Standard keyboard, and don't see this key anywhere. And where can I look up the Character Map ?

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LH
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Fn key is just for laptops.

Posted 5 years ago
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ScottW
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Odeho, Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map. Or type "char" in start search.

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Odeho19
Posts: 467

Thanks Moderator Team, I figured a) you'd know, and b) it would be easy. Never really looked before, and don't use a laptop.

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LH
Posts: 20002

elizbell. If you are still looking for an answer, could you please put it a New Topic.

This thread is now closed.

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