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Does anyone know how to do Macro or custom keystroke settings? Specifically, I need to type the special characters for foreign languages, and holding the Alt-number whatever takes far too much time for a simple e with a thingy over it! I canNOT figure out how to customize the keyboard for that!
08-15-2006, 12:00 AM
if you're using Word or WordPerfect, you can edit your keyboard...
08-15-2006, 12:35 AM
Hey Emma _ I know that one. In Word go to insert>symbol>click on the letter that you want and then look down at the bottom of the dialogue box where it will give you the shortcut key (Alt+####) or you can define a keyboard shortcut by clicking in the outlined box with keyboard shortcut typed in it, so that you can pick a key to use for that letter. The only thing about redefining your keyboard is, it can really get you into trouble when you get things all muddled around, and the keys don’t work the way they are supposed to.
What I usually do is find the letters that I want to use in my typing and do a sticky note with the Alt+numbers so I can just glance over at the sticky and whip them in, by the time you type the code 3 times you will usually have it memorized.
I can't tell you how many times I've memorized them and forgotten once I've taken a break, LOL!
I am typing in a forum, so that's why I need the Windows shortcuts rather than the Word ones. I added French as a language, and with an Alt-Shift I can switch to French keyboard and hit the letters I want, then switch back. It's not as fast as one stroke, and I still have to memorize which key has which symbol, but it's a little faster, less numbers to memorize, and tons easier to do w/o moving my hands as much.
I just can't get used to my A being a Q, so I can't type all my messages in that keyboard, just keep switching for the symbols: what a pain, LOL!
I wonder if my browser can let me do custom strokes for characters, I use Maxthon. Does IE do that?
08-15-2006, 11:43 PM
Oh my gosh Emma, if I could speak, let alone type French I would be in heaven. I am ľ French, and ľ German on my Motherís side of the family. They were from the Alsace and Lorraine regions where Germany and France fought over that border since 1871, but donít think my Grandmother and Grandfather ever fought a day in their lives.
Have you tried having Word open along with your internet, and doing a copy/paste thing? Then you could use the auto correct feature that would let you automatically replace whole words with a French word. It would take just a bit of time to get it set up in the auto correct window, but it might be faster once you did.
You are way smarter than I am, I canít even speak pig Latin, let alone French. Donít know if any internet program will let you do custom keystrokes, donít even know if a macro would work. I admit stupidity.
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