One thing I've always hated about Windows is that to type a non-English character, like é, on a US keyboard you have to hold the Alt key and type in a four digit code on your num-pad. For instance, é is generated by Alt + 0233. This is difficult to type and requires a reference sheet of codes since you'll probably never remember the numbers.
I recently discovered that Word 2013 has a nicer alternative. Typing in a é is done by Ctrl + ' and then e. This is much more intuitive and easier to type! Unfortunately, it seems limited to MS Word, so I can't use these shortcuts in Internet Explorer, for instance.
Is there any way (either with Windows or with 3rd party solutions) that I can make this Word 2013 style of typing non-English characters system-wide? I'm running Windows 7.