Typing Special Characters in Windows 10

*The guide below details instructions on adding international keyboards in Windows 10. For instructions on adding international keyboards in Windows 7, please visit the Microsoft Support Page.


  1. To avoid typing shortcut codes, the easiest way to type special characters in other languages is to add an international keyboard. Go to Start and type in Control Panel in the search bar. When it shows up, double-click to 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 Touch keyboard layout. Once selected (it will turn blue), click Add. Alternatively, you can locate the keyboard of a specific language and add it instead for enhanced customization, but United States-International is recommended.
  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.)
  7. Special characters can now 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: