How to use accent shortcuts in Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by GenieGeorgina, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. Spanish is my second language, and I often need to insert accented letters
    into text.

    Because I use a laptop, I have no seperate keypad, so to insert these
    accented letters, I need to key: Fn+Alt+ the numerical code (130, 162, 163
    etc.). However, because of an overriding shortcut, whenever I try to do
    this, the Favourites menu opens, and the character is not inserted.

    Are there any solutions to this?
    GenieGeorgina, Aug 10, 2006
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  2. Sandi - Microsoft MVP, Aug 12, 2006
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  3. Only for certain numbers? E.g. Alt-Num+3 seems to be sufficient
    and Alt-Num+162 works fine for me.

    Similarly Alt-Num+4 shifts focus to the Address bar...

    Here are some possible workarounds.
    1. Use CharMap to select and copy special characters to ClipBoard.
    2. Use the Find dialog (e.g. Ctrl-f) with the Alt-Num keyboard shortcut
    Then copy and paste.
    3. Switch to an alternate keyboard (e.g. using the Language bar)
    which does support those characters
    4. Use the Onscreen Keyboard (it does have a numeric keypad)
    Hint: pressing Win-U would be one way to go about starting it.

    I think that this issue has already been bugged but you could validate
    and vote on it.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Aug 12, 2006

  4. I think OP is seeing the Favorites pane (Alt-c) not the Favorites menu.

    Robert Aldwinckle, Aug 12, 2006
  5. Robert! You are a demi-genius!!! :D

    Thank you so much for suggesting that on screen keyboard idea- it allowed me
    to work out that you can get the accented letters by keying Alt Gr + the
    keypad letter (eg: Alt Gr + e = é).

    This is perfect, as this is the character I had trouble producing in IE7.
    The reason for this is that the code I was using was alt + 130- as this
    number has a 3 in it, it was automatically opening the Favourites pane.

    Many thanks to both you and Sandy! :)
    GenieGeorgina, Aug 12, 2006
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