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I'm using the international keyboard to type in diacritics and accents (for French). I can type just about everything except the ligature œ. Does anyone know how to do this in the international keyboard without using the alt code?

á é í ó ú ç ö

but no œ :(.

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What is the international keyboard? – MPi Jan 8 '12 at 14:19

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I found the solution!

• For the “accent aigu,” type the apostrophe key plus the letter: é, í,ó, É, etc. (If you need a real apostrophe, type the apostrophe key and the space bar.)

• For the “accent grave,” type the ` key and then the letter: à, è, È, etc.

• For the “tréma,” push control, shift, and the colon key (hold them all down), let go,and type your letter: ï, ö, Ö, etc.

• For the “circonflexe,” push control, shift and the number 6 key (hold them all down), let go, and type your letter: î, Î, etc.

• For the “æ” or “œ,” push control, shift, and the number 7 key (hold them all down), let go, and type the letter a or o, etc.; œ, æ, Œ

• For the “cédille,” push control and comma (hold them both down), let go, and type c key: ç, Ç

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It's crazy that Microsoft overlooked that diacritic. You can use the US International keyboard as the starting point to create your own custom keyboard that does include it. (disclaimer: I haven't tried it myself.) Use the info here: Create your own keyboard layout BTW, that ctrl + shift + & thing didn't work for me.

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Although the character is not present on the US-intl keyboard on Windows, if and only if you have a number keypad you can type it using alt+0140 and alt+0156 for the uppercase and lowercase letters respectively

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Œ and œ can be inputted using the US International keyboard with the combination AltGr+X or AltGr+x respectively.

As a comment reports, the above quotation was removed from the Wikipedia article on 25 July 2012. It is not clear whether AltGr+x=œ was always untrue or whether the behaviour changed to accommodate the use of Alt+x to convert preceding four hex characters to a single Unicode character.

Some applications provide support for entry of characters beyond the simple accented Latin-1 characters.

In Microsoft Word, "œ" is entered using ctrl + shift + & then o in quick succession. Some word processors such as MS Word can automatically correct French words like soeur to sœur, but in most other applications (e.g. an instant messenger, or a browser) the word will not be corrected.

In Vim (text editor), use Ctrl-K then 'o' then 'e' in succession. (or 'O' and 'E' for upper-case).

Vim has a very good and extensible set of digraphs. You can also use it as a text editor in web-browsers by means of the ItsAllText plugin or TextAreaConnect, thus bringing digraphs to web-applications.

Quotes are from Wikipedia

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What is the AltGr key? – Spence Dec 4 '11 at 22:36
Right Alt plus x. lucky that my company didn't override that with the launcher for the CA product then. I can type the other ligature using the right alt+z so I assume right alt + x shoudl have typed that. – Spence Dec 4 '11 at 22:38
Is there any way to check which Windows application has reserved the shortcut? AltGr + X doesn't work on my machine, I have no idea what to do :-( – Boris Treukhov May 8 '12 at 16:25
@Boris: I suggest you ask that as a separate question and give details of your Windows version (7?), your locale (RU?) and application you tried it in (Notepad? Word 2003?) – RedGrittyBrick May 8 '12 at 16:34
Finally, Wikipedia has removed the statement about AltGr+X. So, Alt+num0140 and Alt+num0156 is the way to go. – Boris Treukhov Oct 28 '12 at 9:16

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