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Posted by: WizardofOwls 14-Jun-2004, 10:05 AM
One problem new Gaelic learners have is trying to make Accented vowels with their current keyboards! I'm going to try to show you how to set up your keyboard for making them!

I will show you two methods, the first will change your keyboard so that you can make accented vowels out right. The second will make one accented vowel at a time.

Here are the methods:

Method One: Change the keyboard setting out right.

To do this, do the following things:

Click on:

Control Panel
Then use the down arrow to find United States (International). Click on it and be sure to save the change!

If this worked you should be able to type accented vowels by first typing the forward quote symbol (' located on the same key with the double quote) or backward quote symbol (` located in the upper left corner on the same key with the Spanish tilde ~) and then following it IMMEDIATELY with a vowel (a, e, i, o, or u and the capital versions of each). You should get .

If this did not work for you, then you'll have to make them one at a time as needed. To do this, here is

Method Two: One accented letter at a time.

Click on:

System Tools
Character Map

When you click on this, you'll get a chart showing many different foreign letters. If you click on one, a Keystroke combinataion will appear in the lower right corner of that window. It should look something like Alt + 0192.

Type that combination in. To do this, hold down the Alt key. While holding it in, punch in the number combination. If you try it with the combination I gave above, you should get .

Let me know how it goes!

Posted by: greenldydragon 14-Jun-2004, 10:09 AM
Neither works for me

Posted by: Danann 14-Jun-2004, 03:02 PM
Basically what I've done is make a list and stuck it on my monitor... I use the character map option. For this make sure your num lock is on. You hold down the alt key and then type in the character's assigned number.

like this:

= alt + 0193
= alt + 0201
= alt + 0205
= alt + 0211
= alt +0218

= alt +0225
= alt +0233
= alt + 0237
= alt + 0243
= alt + 0250

Posted by: greenldydragon 14-Jun-2004, 03:15 PM
Which button is num lock?

Posted by: greenldydragon 14-Jun-2004, 03:16 PM
Which button is num lock on a labtop?

Posted by: Ceciliastar1 14-Jun-2004, 03:41 PM
the num lock button will be somewhere around the number keys. There's going to be a caps lock (makes all letters capitol), the num lock will most likely be around there.

The alt + the numbers works for me thank!


Posted by: Viriato 06-Jun-2005, 06:56 PM
ANSI Decimal Codes

You can create accented characters by entering ANSI codes using your numeric keypad.
Follow this steps:
1.- Refer to the ANSI Character Set Chart below to find the character you need.
2.- As you hold the Alt key, type on your numeric keypad the decimal code for
The character.

ANSI Character Set Chart

ANSI Char- ANSI Char- ANSI Char-
Code acter Code acter Code acter

0161 0211 0233
0186 0212 0234
0191 0213 0235
0192 0214 0236
0193 0215 0237
0194 0216 0238
0195 0217 0239
0196 0218 0240
0197 0219 0241
0198 0220 0242
0199 0221 0243
0200 0222 0244
0201 0223 0245
0202 0224 0246
0203 0225 0247
0204 0226 0248
0205 0227 0249
0206 0228 0250
0207 0229 0251
0208 0230 0252
0209 0231 0253
0210 0232 0254
Ctrl + Alt + 4 ? 0255

Posted by: Viriato 06-Jun-2005, 07:04 PM
Oh, Dear!

It doesn't shows like in the Word doc from where I did copy and paste...

Well... The columns have been just shifted to the left for some reason, but if you put the numbers under "ANSI Code" and the symbol under "Character" you will get there.

The number lock is a key with "Num Lock" on it and most often than not is over the number 7 on the right of the keyboard. Pressing that key the green lead "Num Lock" will be alight.

Posted by: chi mi'n tir 05-Dec-2005, 06:27 AM
For Scottish Gidhlig the grave vowels are done with Alt and the following numbers:

= alt 0192
= alt 0200
= alt 0204
= alt 0210
= alt 0217

= alt 133
= alt 138
= alt 141
= alt 149
= alt 151


Posted by: stoirmeil 05-Dec-2005, 05:24 PM
QUOTE (greenldydragon @ 14-Jun-2004, 04:16 PM)
Which button is num lock on a labtop?

There might not be any numlock on a laptop; sad.gif it's part of the keypad at the right on a standard keyboard.

Posted by: Aaediwen 05-Dec-2005, 05:58 PM
I have yet to find a way to do it on a laptop keyboard. I use the abcTajpu extention for Firefox and Thunderbird. It puts all the characters in a context menu. I keep it configured for German, Spanish, and Gaelic, but there are about 50 more to choose from as well.

Posted by: Maddie 05-Dec-2005, 06:46 PM
For all who cannot find the language settings because it's not there, and all whose lap top won't do ALT... (like mine)

go to

and follow the instructions as shown for US Ireland extended (or UK extended) to download the necessary driver for the keybpard.

chances are high that it works.

Posted by: WizardofOwls 06-Dec-2005, 10:43 AM
Thanks for posting this, Maddie! It should help out alot!

Posted by: Maddie 06-Dec-2005, 04:50 PM
you're welcome.

Hint: this website also features Gaelic fonts, check it out!

Posted by: Shepherdess 23-Jul-2007, 08:37 PM
I am weeping bitter tears. Can anyone help with a Mac? Mac laptop specifically the MacBook. Thanks!

Posted by: Aaediwen 24-Jul-2007, 09:11 AM
QUOTE (Shepherdess @ 23-Jul-2007, 09:37 PM)
I am weeping bitter tears. Can anyone help with a Mac? Mac laptop specifically the MacBook. Thanks!

There should be a chart online somewhere. I think it works similar to the Compose key under Solaris, where you hold the command key and type say A`

Posted by: sisterknight 24-Jul-2007, 11:34 AM
guess i'm lucky because on my keyboard i can switch from english to french and alot of the french keys work as gaelic, could that help you??in word, it's alt shift

Posted by: GunChleoc 24-Jul-2007, 11:55 AM
I'd say that would depend on which operating system you are running. Looks like there are more than one alternatives on that! Here's my, maybe you'll find something there smile.gif

Posted by: Shepherdess 24-Jul-2007, 12:49 PM

Tapadh leit! Seems inadequate - how do I say BIG GIANT thanks?

Posted by: GunChleoc 24-Jul-2007, 01:11 PM
Chanainn-sa: Tapadh leat gu mr!

Watch out, leat with an a wink.gif

Posted by: GunChleoc 26-Apr-2016, 06:50 AM
Guides on accented letters for all operating systems:

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