Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

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  • Fri, Jul 31 2009 15:42

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    Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Windows: US Keyboards

    The old standard

    The standard way in Windows to enter vowels with fadas is to use the Alt key and the numeric keyboard. This is painstaking and error-prone.
    With most versions of Windows including Vista, you can type fadas using the following keyboard commands:

    á : ALT + 0225 é : ALT + 0233 í : ALT + 0237 ó : ALT + 0243 ú : ALT + 0250
    Á : ALT + 0193 É : ALT + 0201 Í : ALT + 0205 Ó : ALT + 0211 Ú : ALT + 0218

    Windows XP/2000/Vista:

    If you're using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you can go into the Control Panel for languages, and add Irish there. It's slightly different between Windows 2000 and XP, but they're pretty close. Here are the instructions for Windows XP (assuming your computer is already set up for US English):

    1. Select Start-->Settings-->Control Panel-->Regional and Language Options

    2. Click the Languages tab.

    3. Click the Details... button.

    4. Click the Add... button.

    5. Leave Input Language as English, but change Keyboard Layout/IME to Irish. Click OK.

    6. Click the Language Bar... button.

    7. Make sure Show the Language bar on the desktop is selected/checked.

    8. Click OK on all the dialogs to close them.

    You should now see a little keyboard icon near the bottom right of your Windows Start bar. While in your browser, click the keyboard icon and select Irish. (This setting is on a per-application basis.)

    Now you can press Ctrl+Alt+vowel to get accented vowels. Of course, use the Shift key, too, if you need a capital letter.

    Ctrl+Alt+a = á
    Ctrl+Alt+Shift+a = Á

    One thing about this keyboard layout: it switches the double quote (") key with the at-symbol key (@)! That takes a little getting used to, but it's much better than entering the Alt+numbers the old fashioned way!

    Ádh mór!

    Domhnall Ó Cianaigh

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Thanks. My name has the acent over a letter and I have never been able to print it online.

    Siobhrá DeWar

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Tá tú fáilte roimh

    Ádh mór!

    Domhnall Ó Cianaigh

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    An-Mhaith, Cianaigh

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  • Mon, Jan 23 2012 11:07 In reply to

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Tá tú fáilte roimh

    Ádh mór!

    Domhnall Ó Cianaigh

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  • Mon, Jan 23 2012 16:54 In reply to

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    go raibh maith agut

    ta se ana mhaith

    Cool

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  • Wed, Jan 25 2012 12:50 In reply to

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Go raibh míle maith agat!!! This makes things so much easier!

    You can change the " and @ keys back again with keyboard mapping software, such as Sharpkeys. :]

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Not trying to contradict anyone per se, but the lowercase vowels and the capital E with fadas are a little shorter with the ALT key:

    é = ALT + 130     á = ALT + 160     í = ALT + 161     ó = ALT + 162     ú = ALT + 163     É = ALT + 144

    I had not found the other capitals that were given above, so go raibh maith agat mar sin!

    Dale D

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    There is a much easier way. I use Windows 7 now but it was the same in Vista. I have Spanish installed as a second keyboard language, and since it uses the same accent mark (á), I just switch to Spanish (one click on the task bar to go from EN to ES-Español), and once I'm in there all I have to type is a [ (the key to the right of the p), then the letter, to get the fada. It's much quicker than using Alt plus a bunch of numbers--also much easier to remember.

     

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Well, since you point out this method...there is yet another.  I found that there is an "Irish" keyboard that can be installed.  I figure if you're going to install a keyboard, you may as well install the one you really want.....

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    Yes, someone else mentioned the Irish keyboard, but my point was, it is still more difficult--with the Irish keyboard you still have to type:

    Ctrl+Alt+a for á and Ctrl+Alt+Shift+a for Á

    Holding 3 or even 4 non-sequential keys down at once is harder (at least to me) than simply hitting [a... And most all the other keys in the Spanish keyboard correspond to the English one; the odd differences are not too difficult to get used to.

    Well, to each his own!

     

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    I'm pretty sure that you just hit the Alt+gr key (which is one key) plus the letter you want a fada over, and you get it. I'm on my Mac right now, so this is from memory - but if you're on your PC go on give it a go! It's as simple as using the Shift key plus a letter to get a capital letter, so it becomes 'natural' very quickly Smile

    Is fearr dhá theanga ná ceann amháin…

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    what is the "gr" in Alt+gr of which you speak? 

     

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    Re: Typing fadas in Windows (US keyboard)

    On computers made for Americans there is no "Alt+gr" key; only on European models.  We have only the plain "Alt" keys.

    As for the "Irish" keyboard--I actually installed it, and found it was absolutely identical to the English keyboard--and THERE IS NO FADA ON IT!!!  Very strange, since the only real difference between typing as Gaeilge and as Bearla is the fada.

    So I will still stick with my Spanish one for the fadas....it is by far the easiest method, at least on an American computer.

    le meas,

    Phoebe

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  • Thu, Jul 18 2013 4:56 In reply to

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    What is this alt + gr?  Also, I'm not sure how well installing keyboards would work with my computer, as I'm visually impaired and use a screen reader.  Does this mean I have to memorize the alt plus a bunch of numbers?

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