foreign characters on a windows keyboard
July 11, 2012 5:04 AM Subscribe
A quick question about Windows keyboard shortcuts for foreign characters.
Today I learned that in Windows 7 you can get umlaut vowels on an American keyboard by pressing ctrl-: (ctrl-shift-;) before the letter, much like the alt-u technique on a Mac. You can also use ctrl-& before s to get the ß character.
In previous versions of Windows you had to either change your keyboard layout or enter the whole four-digit Unicode key (like alt-0223 for the ß) so these shortcuts are much more convenient.
My question is, what about upside down open quotes („), curly or straight? And what about French chevron style quotes, single (‹›) or double («»)? Are there any shortcuts for these, or am I stuck with the Unicode approach? Actually I'm not sure how to make these characters on my Mac either, so I'd love to know that too.
I swear I tried googling this, it was surprisingly unhelpful. Thanks!