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Spanish Letters


Typing the Spanish letters on an English language keyboard

If you have your Windows® operating system set up for English language support, you can still enter the Spanish accented letters and special language characters on your keyboard by means of the numeric key pad adjacent to the main keyboard. All you have to do is hold down the "ALT" key while entering any of the following sequences on the numeric keypad:

UPPER case lower case
Character ALT sequence Character ALT sequence
Á 0193 á 0225
É 0201 é 0233
Í 0205 í 0237
Ñ 0209 ñ 0241
Ó 0211 ó 0243
Ú 0218 ú 0250
Ü 0220 ü 0252
¡ 0161 ¡ 0161
¿ 0191 ¿ 0191



  1. You MUST use the NUMERIC keypad (usually on the right side of the keyboard). The numbers on the top line of the keyboard will NOT work.
  2. Before starting, you must activate the numeric keypad by pressing the "Num Lock" key on the numeric keypad
  3. You MUST enter the leading zero in all the codes.


Adding Spanish Language Keyboard Support

You can easily add Spanish language keyboard support to your Windows® operating system. This makes it very easy to switch between languages. Here is how you can do this:


  1. From the START menu select the Control Panel

  2. Click on Date, Time, Language and Regional Options

  3. Click on either Add Other Languages or Regional and Language Options (they take you to the same place)

  4. Select the Language tab

  5. Click on the Details button

  6. Select the Services tab

  7. Click the ADD button

  8. In the first box select ES Spanish (traditional sort) or any other flavor of the language you prefer

  9. In the second box elect Spanish keyboard

  10. Click "OK" twice to close the screens

After you restrat your computer you should see the letters "EN" (for English) or "ES" (for Español) on the task bar at the bottom right of your screen (just to the left of the icons on your task bar).

To switch keyboard languages, you merely click on the "EN" or "ES" letters and select the language you wish to use. You may do this in the middle of a document and as many times as you wish.

We recommend that you run your favorite word processing program, select a large font and the "ES" keyboard and systematically type every character in every row on your keyboard. This will serve as a useful cross-reference when you are typing. Note that the ñ appears when you type the semicolon ";" and that accented vowels are typed by first typing the accent (the single quote "'") followed by the appropriate letter.

Windows 98®

The installation procedure for Windows-98 is as follows:

  1. From the Start menu select Settings and then Control Panel

  2. Select the Keyboard icon

  3. Select the Language tab

  4. Click on ADD

  5. Select "Spanish (traditional sort)"

  6. Click the OK button twice to close the menu screens.

Once installed, the procedure for changing languages is the same as for Windows-XP above.

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Spanish Letters - Updated 05-Apr-2009

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