Friday, 10 March 2017

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We were recently asked the quickest way to get French accents onto text when creating a Google Form. There are lots of ways to do this, including using Chrome Store extensions, but here is one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it from a Windows 10 PC, and especially with our DRET Star Classroom set up. Not just for language accents and diacritical marks - this works great for mathematical and science symbols too!

On a Windows 10 PC, use the touch keyboard. It's not just a touch keyboard - it works with the mouse too.

The Touch Keyboard button appears just to the left of the clock, on the right side of the taskbar. (If it's not visible, right-click any empty space on the taskbar to open the taskbar customization menu and then click the 'show touch keyboard' button option.)



Click the Touch Keyboard button to slide up the on-screen keyboard. Here are a few things you can do:

Click any letter or symbol and hold the mouse button down to see variations of that letter, including those with accents and diacritical marks. On the symbols layout, for example, click and hold the 1/2 symbol to see more fractions. Hold the mouse on the e and get all the options for French accents for another example:




Click the button labeled &123 to change from the standard QWERTY layout to one filled with symbols. Use the right and left arrows just above that button to display a second screen full of symbols, including symbols for the Euro and British Pound on a U.S. English configuration. Here's an example of what is available of you hold down the mouse button on the equals sign:




This is a quick and easy solution, and great for subjects like Maths, MFL and Science.

If you would like more information about how to use the touch keyboard then please get in touch with the team.

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