Easy access to special characters

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Help and Support' started by ews, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. ews

    ews New Member

    May 8, 2014
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    So I would really, dearly, sincerely like to know if there isn't an easier, more intuitive way to access special characters than the ludicrously arcane alt+0xxx combinations Microsoft invites you to accept (did they have robot users in mind when they decided that was a good design decision?). This may seem like a petty thing to get worked up about, but really if you work with text and language all day like I do, it makes a huge difference. I actually often find myself switching to an instance of Linux running in VirtualBox to do formatting-intensive writing rather than endure the Windows way of doing things. Ideally I would just like to adopt the keyboard layout you get in Debian Linux (e.g., alt + hyphen = n dash, alt + shift + hyphen = m dash; and so on), but if that ain't possible, I'm willing to do some manual tweaking to get things done. So what I'm looking for is a system-wide fix to set these keyboard shortcuts:

    alt gr + hyphen = n dash

    alt gr + shift + hyphen = m dash

    alt gr + v = left double quote

    alt gr + b = right double quote

    alt gr + shift + v = left single quote

    alt gr + shift + b = right single quote

    alt gr + < = left guillemet

    alt gr + > = right guillemet

    Is there some way of doing this?
  2. ussnorway

    ussnorway Windows Forum Team
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