How to type accented characters, Cyrillic, etc. in Windows 98 SE


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Step 1

Open the Control Panel from the Start Menu.


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Step 2

Double-click the "Keyboard" icon.


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Step 3

Click the "Languages" tab at the top of the dialog window.


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Step 4

If you wish to type a number of characters from European languages such as German, French, Danish, or Spanish, click "Properties" and in the dialog that appears, change the keyboard layout from "United States 101" to "United States International". A description of this keyboard layout can be found here.

Click the "Add" button to add new keyboard layouts or IMEs for scripts such as Cyrillic.


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Step 5

Choose the language you wish to type in. For example, for Cyrillic, you may wish to choose Russian. This site has a picture showing the Russian keyboard layout.


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Finish

After you have acknowledged all the dialogs with "OK" (and, if necessary, restarted your computer), you will be able to type special characters.

If you now have several input languages or keyboard layouts installed, you can switch between them by pressing the left Alt key and Shift. (You can change this in the dialog box shown in Step 4 above.) A little blue square in the System Tray shows what language you have currently selected.