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Old 14 Aug 2005
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French Keyboards .. anyone ?

Hullo ... Whenever I go to WAfrica.. I find that most /all internet cafes are equipped with Frenchy keyboards (I think they are called "dworak" or something like that ) in which all the key arragement is absolutely different to the rest-of-the-world QWERTY keyboards..

Funny thing is that the other option in Africa (as they are bi-lingual- ,is commonly Arabic , which even worse!) . One can set windows to "International/English" but seems to work only for the special chars (ie. %^ &*(%£"% etc.... but the letters still seem to be French-arranged (i.e. impossible to type )

Is just me .. or has anyone else have that trouble !

Any idea .. is it a fast/quick way to turn it to a QWERTY configuration ?


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Old 28 Aug 2005
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No big difference, you ll adapt rapido.

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Old 28 Aug 2005
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1. [Start] -> [Control Pannel] -> [Reginal And Language Options] (Remeber the Icon!) -> Tab [Languages] -> [Details]

2. Click on [Add] and select the language and the Keyboard settings, click [Ok]

3. In the [Default input language] combox select your added language

4. click [Apply]

5. Optionaly: Delete all other installed keyboards. This is not very nice for the next user but sometimes the only option to prevent Windows from switching automaticaly back to any other keyboard setting. You allways can undo this by re-setting what you changed.

Once you have more than one keyboard installed, you'll have a new icon in the taskbar where you can select which keyboard you want to use now. This applies to Windows XP, Win 2000 is very simillar. Windows behaves a bit strange with 2 or more keyboards installed, so try that at home before...

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Old 10 Sep 2005
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With more than one keyboard language installed (2000/XP):
use ALT+SHIFT to swap/rotate keyboard language (will work even if the language bar on task bar is inactive - at least it worked the last time I tried :-)).
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Old 14 Feb 2006
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I don't know much about these things .
However I think this should help you!
I use these short cuts for my fench typing on my english Keyboard!

â ALT 131

à ALT 133

Ç ALT 128

ç ALT 135

é ALT 130

ê ALT 136

ë ALT 137

è ALT 138

ï ALT 139

î ALT 140

ô ALT 147

ü ALT 129

û ALT 150

ù ALT 151

æ ALT 145

Æ ALT 146

ä ALT 132

ö ALT 148

ó ALT 162

í ALT 161

ñ ALT 164

¿ ALT 168

ó ALT 162

ú ALT 163

á ALT 160

¡ ALT 173
Hope this helps

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Thanks Red Bull. That list is extremely useful to me as I can only ever remember a couple of the most often used ones.
However as regards changing the keyboard layout in windows from the French azerty to UK qwerty. Surely this presents more problems as you then have to remember where the letters are instead of looking at what is printed on the keys. I found using an azerty keyboard confusing the first time I went to work n France, but you soon get used to it.
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