First, congratulations on choosing to learn Spanish!
Is this the first time that you type in a foreign language? Do you often find yourself copy-and-pasting special characters like á or ñ, for example, and wish there was an easy shortcut? Guess what, there is and we will teach you how to change to a Spanish keyboard!
This is how a Spanish keyboard looks like:
Windows 10 allows users to easily add and switch between different languages without having to buy a separate physical keyboard. Can you imagine the hassle of having to change the whole keyboard every time you want to switch between two languages or more?
Personally, I use almost daily four languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, and French. Therefore, I can use the language bar to switch between languages that use different keyboard layouts. Easy, peasy!
To change to Spanish keyboard settings on Windows 10, follow these 7 steps:
- Navigate to Windows Settings by clicking on the gear symbol on the left side of the Start Menu
- Click on “Time & Language”
- Click on “Region & language” in the left sidebar
- Under “Languages”, click “Add a language”
- Find the language that you would like to add, for example, “Spanish (Spain)”
- After clicking on it, you may be asked to specify a regional dialect
- You will be returned to the “Region & language” page
Click on this icon to open a window listing the currently added languages. From here, you can select the language to change to a Spanish keyboard.
What happens if I am working on someone else’s computer and I don’t want to mess with their keyboard settings?
Don’t panic. I am going to explain to you how to type Spanish characters without changing to Spanish keyboard settings
There is a system called ASCII, where you can type any character you want. To type a character, press and hold the alt key while you type in the character’s ASCII code on the numeric keypad of your computer.
Below I have gathered the main characters you will need if you want to type in Spanish:
I hope this is of help to you. Please choose the method that works best for you.
To make it easy for you, I put a pdf document together, where you can have handy the Spanish keyboard and the ASCII code table. PLEASE DOWNLOAD HERE.
I hope that you enjoy typing with the Spanish keyboard!
Mónica Romero Camps
Educational Director & Spanish Express Blogger
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