. Right now if I want to do "é", I hold down the ALT key and use the numbers 130, to get it. How do I install the multilingual character sets?
1. Configuring Support for Multiple Languages
You can add, enable, and configure support for multiple languages by using the Regional Settings tool in Control Panel. To change the default language:
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Double-click Regional and Language Options.
Click the Languages tab, click Details, and then click Add.
Under Input Language, add the language that you want to use.
Under Keyboard layout/IME, click the keyboard layout that you want, and then click OK.
Complete instructions are here: http://tinyurl.com/2mmrc
2. The on-screen keyboard is handy if you're trying to figure out what key does what without hunting and pecking:
Using On Screen Keyboard
On-Screen Keyboard is a utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the screen and allows users with motion disabilities to type data by using a pointing device or joystick. On-Screen Keyboard is intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with motion disabilities. The program in which you want to type characters must be active while you are using On-Screen Keyboard. To start On-Screen Keyboard, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Accessibility, and then click On-Screen Keyboard.
On-Screen Keyboard has three typing modes:
In Clicking mode, you click the on-screen keys to type text.
In Scanning mode, On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a key or using a switch-input device.
In Hovering mode, you use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically.
Complete instructions are here: http://tinyurl.com/2cyfy