Adding an International Keyboard Layout to Type Special Characters (Windows 7 and 10)

Note: Follow these steps if you are on Windows 7, and these if you are on Windows 10. To understand how to type Spanish accents (once you have added the international keyboard layout to your system), click here.


Windows 7

  1. Go to Start and then Control Panel
  2. Under Clock, Language, and Region, click Change keyboards or other input methods
  3. Go to the Keyboards and Languages tab and click Change keyboards
  4. Under the General tab, click on Add…
  5. Look for English (United States) and expand it completely by clicking the + symbol beside it. Under Keyboard, check the box that is next to United states-International US
  6. Click OK and then Apply
  7. When you want to type special characters, ensure that you have clicked on the input field. Then, switch to the keyboard layout by clicking the keyboard icon and selecting United States-International.

Windows 10

  1. Go to Start and type in Control Panel in the search bar. When it shows up, open it.
  2. Under Clock, Language, and Region, click on Change input methods.
  3. On the right of English (United States), click on Options.
  4. Click on Add an input method under Input method.
  5. Scroll down and look for United States-International T0uch keyboard layout. Once selected (it will turn blue), click Add.
  6. On the right of US, hit Remove. This makes the international keyboard layout default. (Both keyboards are the same, the latter layout simply lets you input special characters.)

Typing Spanish Accents
On both Windows 7 and Windows 10 systems, special characters can be typed by holding down the right Alt key and the respective letter. So, á would be the following key combinations: Alt + a. Here is the keyboard layout: