Spanish Keyboard Guide

Follow these steps for changing the language in Microsoft Word.  Also shown are shortcuts to spanish symbols and characters.
 

Hints for
Typing in Spanish

Spanish Spell Check

For those using older versions of Microsoft word, go to help section and search Set Language for assistance.

If you are using WORD 2007, highlight your entire document (or the section that is to be typed in Spanish) and do the following;

  1. Click on Review tab
  2. Find icon of a globe behind a book with a red check (see picture below) and click on it.
  3. Find SPANISH (MEXICO) in the list and click OK

Note: If any words are underlined by the spell/grammar checker, right-clicking on the word will reveal suggested corrections, but always use your head first!

Sample screen for setting language:

 
 

 

 

METHOD 1 -
Typing Spanish Characters in WORD

This method works when typing documents in WORD.

To produce

 Press

á, é, í, ó, ú, ý
Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú, Ý

CTRL + ' (APOSTROPHE) then the vowel

ñ
Ñ

CTRL + SHIFT + ~ (TILDE) then the letter n

ö
Ö

CTRL + SHIFT + : (COLON) then the letter o

¿

ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + ?  (all at the same time)

¡ 

ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + !  (all at the same time)

Hint how to read the short cuts above:

Accenting a vowel, such as, é

1.      hold down the CTRL  key

2.      press the ' key once (while still holding CTRL down)

3.      release CTRL

4.      press the vowel you want accented

Typing an inverted question mark  ¿

1.      at the same time hold down ALT, CTRL, and SHIFT

2.      press ? one time (while still holding down the other three)

 

   

METHOD 2 -
Typing Spanish Characters using ALT key

This works for ANY program while using a desktop computer
(see Method 3 for laptop computers)

 

Print the chart on the right and tape to you monitor.  It can be used as a handy guide to type Spanish characters in ANY program.

1.      Be sure your NUM LOCK light on your keyboard is on (the NUM LOCK key is on your keypad)

2.      Hold down the ALT key

3.      Type the number shown on the chart with your KEYPAD

4.      Release the ALT key

Your special character will appear.

  
 
 
Yes, this is not the EASIEST method ...
but it works for ANY program.)

Use the Alt key and the KEYPAD to create these characters.

Spanish

á........ 160

é........ 130

í........ 161

ó....... 162

ú....... 163

ñ....... 164

Ñ....... 165

ö....... 148

¿........ 168

¡........ 173

 

Math

¢........ 155

½....... 171

¼....... 172

÷........ 246

°........ 248

   

METHOD 3
Typing Spanish Characters using Fn and ALT keys

This works for ANY program, while using a LAPTOP computer.
(see Method 2 for desktop computers)  You might have to press the "Num Lk" button at the top of the screen and turn on the Num Lock light.

 Print the chart on the right and keep it handy.  It can be used as a guide to type Spanish characters in ANY program.
 

1.      Hold down the Fn key and the ALT key

2.      Type the number shown on the chart using the embedded numberpad (small blue numbers on the keyboard)

3.      Release the Fn and ALT key

Your special character will appear.

  
 
 
Yes, this is not the EASIEST method ...
but it works for ANY program.)

Use the Alt key and the KEYPAD to create these characters.

Spanish

á........ 160

é........ 130

í........ 161

ó....... 162

ú....... 163

ñ....... 164

Ñ....... 165

ö....... 148

¿........ 168

¡........ 173

 

Math

¢........ 155

½....... 171

¼....... 172

÷........ 246

°........ 248

 

 

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