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Hour 21. Working with Foreign Languages ... > Typing Using Different Keyboard Layo...

Typing Using Different Keyboard Layouts/IMEs

When you are using the keyboard layout for an input language other than English, the keyboard mappings for your keyboard will change to enable you to input all of the characters in that language. In other words, the character that appears onscreen when you press a particular key may not match the letter or symbol printed on the key cap. It can be difficult, especially at first, to remember which key inserts which character when you're using a keyboard layout for a language other than English. For example, when you use the Latin American keyboard layout, pressing the Shift key with the key to the left of the Backspace key inserts an inverted question mark (¿). Microsoft provides a free program called Visual Keyboard that displays a picture of a keyboard onscreen with the keyboard layout for the currently selected language (see Figure 21.14). In Figure 21.14, Spanish is currently selected in the Language bar, so the Latin American keyboard layout is displayed in Visual Keyboard. You can download Visual Keyboard from Microsoft's Web site. (To locate it, go to www.microsoft.com and search for Microsoft Visual Keyboard.)

Figure 21.14. The Visual Keyboard program gives you an onscreen guide to your keyboard layouts.



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