French keyboard at internet shop

Old May 8th, 2007, 06:17 AM
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French keyboard at internet shop

Well, I learn something every day. I'm taking my first internet break in Paris at the moment and just learned that the French keyboard can be turned into an English keyboard. In the past I just struggled with the French keyboard that is different from the U.S. keyboard. Now I'm typing much faster. Just ask the person working the shop. The sign in in the lower right hand corner of the screen -- at least on this machine.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 06:35 AM
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In most internet cafes I have been to in both France and Germany, there is a button on the bottom of the windows screen...in France it says FR...if you click on it, you get a variety of options and you want EN for English keyboard (I don't remember if it's a British or US English kehyboard not that they're all that different).....in Germany you look for the button that says DE....actually only 1 or 2 letters are in the wrong place on a German keyboard but forget a French one!
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Old May 8th, 2007, 06:42 AM
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Well, I certainly wish I had known this last year!

Our children are still teasing about the strange messages they received from me from Paris.

I think they are convinced I was suffering from an over-abundance of vin.

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Old May 8th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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Very helpful for people who know how to touch type. Of course, for a two-finger typist who looks at the keyboard before daring to commit a finger, this is of no use at all.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:22 AM
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>German keyboard
Actually "zy/\-_`'#äöüß$€" and quite a few more are only found using the stragest combination on an American keyboard. I got used to typing ALT+92 for "\" when the right codepage isn't loaded, because it's almost impossible to find.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:19 AM
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Is this something one can download? If so, anyone have a reference?

We will have a computer furnished in our apartment in Paris in October, but I doubt that it will have the ability to convert to an English keyboard. Those French keyboards drive me CRAZY!

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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:23 AM
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Does this would be of any help dear nukesafe?
http://gofrance.about.com/cs/interne.../keyboards.htm
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Old May 8th, 2007, 10:00 AM
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Thank you, Dear Coco, but that doesn't help a bit.

I printed out the French keyboard before my last trip, so I understand the differences. It is my own clumsiness, compounded by fifty years of touch typing on an English keyboard, that have hardened my habits into concrete. I keep telling myself, "Next time hit the other key, dammit!" My fingers say, "What, who, ME?"

What I need is a computer program that will do the conversion for me.

Thanks, anyway.

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Old May 8th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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>Is this something one can download?
Yes, many keyborad layouts are included in Windows and can be installed using the standard Windows XP CD. Some people install serveral layouts by default, some people don't. It always depends, you can install any layout you want later on.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 07:44 PM
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Several years back, in a U.S. electronics shop, we purchased a keyboard called "Mini Indestructable, roughly two-thirds the size of a standard keyboard, thin and flexible, like a rubber bath mat. Easy to pack.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 08:51 PM
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tanhu ouy,
this ie reatty usepil inforwation.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:08 PM
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Here's that packable keyboard:

http://www.compusa.com/products/prod..._code=51183515
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Old May 9th, 2007, 04:59 AM
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But plugging in a US keyboard doesn't mean you'll get American characters. You still have to change the language setting otherwise pressing "Q" will get you "A"
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