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    Keyboard Language change between English and french quickly

    Hi I have had a request from a french teacher so the students can input accents on letters quickly without using ALT codes to put the accents in. She found this software, does anyone know anything similar that's preferably free?

    Type French accents with EasyType

    Thanks

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    Pressing ALT GR+ letter adds upstrokes to the vowels

    ŠťŪůķ

    Also you can make shortcuts on the keyboard (say CTRL+ALT+1 for Á for example)

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    If you have the languages set up in Windows, Left Alt + Left Shift switches between the keyboard layouts. Only problem is you need to know the French layout, or have French keyboards available in the first place...

    Did not know about Alt-Gr + letter - though I did know that Ctrl + Alt + Vowel does the same

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    Have you tried Left-Alt and shift? (you have to have multiple languages enabled to swtich between them)

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    Or for that matter just Click on EN in the system tray to select the alternative language

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyPete View Post
    Or for that matter just Click on EN in the system tray to select the alternative language
    Unless you have the French keyboard things wont map properly on the British keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Unless you have the French keyboard things wont map properly on the British keyboard.
    That's kinda a given. But with that said there is nothing to stop you having two USB keyboards plugged in and Left Alt + Shift when you pick up the alternaitve one. We do that all the time with Primary and Assisted Access devices.

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    After posting about AZERTY keyboards on my blog I was tipped off by a Belgian reader that keyboards in the Netherlands are still QWERTY but have all the accents on. So you could enable the Dutch (Netherlands) keyboard layout and either get some of the keyboards (£3.89 each from this Amazon seller) or print out the layout for reference. A few of the punctuation keys are different but they've worked very well for our languages department.
    Last edited by AngryTechnician; 4th February 2014 at 08:14 PM.

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    Try this and is free I have it installed for our language teachers just need to press F8 and key once installed to provide accents etc its called AXkey AX Trusted Freeware download and reviews - SnapFiles.com actually quite a few useful bits of software on Snapfiles.

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    Thinking about this again, I think the most elegant solution would be to use one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/HannsG-HT231.../dp/B00FMB15TC. and use the screen keyboard for the tablet tools. Then when you switch layout the keyboard changes too.

    I swear this monitor is gorgeous! It's big enough to give you a full size keyboard and it can be easily tilted almost flat for a good typing position. We bought one of these monitors and I think we'll need 100 more before summer everyone who sees it wants one. If you put In portrait mode you would get a better monitor aspect ratio and still get a laptop sized keyboard.

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    Steven this was just what I wanted. I've installed it for languages already, they love it.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lounds View Post
    Steven this was just what I wanted. I've installed it for languages already, they love it.

    Thanks!
    No Problem.

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