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I am running Windows 7 on a computer with an Italian keyboard. Such a keyboard has keys for producing the lowercase accented grave characters à, è, ì, ò, ù, and it is also possible to produce the lowercase accented acute character é by pressing SHIFT + è.

However I would like to insert the uppercase accented characters À, È, É, Ì, Ò, Ù without recurring to the use of numeric ALT codes. How can this be achieved?

I would like a solution which works across all programs on the system, not just MS Word.

Thanks.

Here is the diagram of the standard Italian keyboard layout I am using:

Italian keyboard layout

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    There should be some dead keys on your keyboard. For accuted É try ´ and then Shift + e. Also try iterate pressing keys on your keyboard while holding Alt Gr or (with the same effect) Ctrl + Alt – JosefZ Nov 23 '14 at 17:13
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    I found interesting KbdKaz 500 - free keyboard layout for Windows: solves your problem with capitalised accented chars, although stems from standard keyboard with US layout labels... – JosefZ Nov 24 '14 at 1:22
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    Do you switch between keyboard layouts, e.g. IT and US? And labels on your physical keyboard are Italian or standard US or even other one? – JosefZ Nov 25 '14 at 19:19
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    As a last resort, I'd try remap e.g. CapsLock key or ScrollLock to behave like dead key using Scan Code Mapper. I don't know whether it's possible with dead key, as I have only next remaps active myself: CapsLock behaves as Shift and ScrollLock as CapsLock. The scan code mappings for Windows are stored in the Scancode Map registry value. – JosefZ Nov 25 '14 at 20:23
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    Scancode Map continues: Remapping in itself is not difficult task, however SharpKey could help essentially. Be cautious, as remappings in that way is computer-wide (or Windows-wide rather): stored under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the registry, valid for all users and all (switchable) keyboard layouts. – JosefZ Nov 25 '14 at 20:25
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It is very rare for italian words to start with a wowel that requires an accent in regular text documents (unless you consider sentences, and yet in that case 99% of the times it will be an È as in È possibile?), so maybe that is the reason of this design choice.

Or maybe to make CAPS LOCK look funny: ASDèàùUP. Who knows...

Anyways most people never need this because they incorrectly use E' (letter E followed by an apostrophe). Even newspapers do this.

But we can fix this in 5 lettere: MSKLC!

You can use the freely available Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator to remap (map, in this case) the combination SHIFT-é to get È, for example, or SHIFT-ALT-è to get É. Italian tutorial here.

This is probably the best solution as you are making a new keyboard layout file to use, so no additional programs are run (you only execute MSKLC once, to make the layout).

If you have Windows XP or lower, then it is time to upgrade as this requires at least windows Vista.

Update: Due to having to re-install Windows myself from time to time I feel it is better to put my own keyboard file here. Just copy & paste the following block of text in an empty file and name it "italian.klc". You can now open it with the MSKLC. Feel free to update this answer with your improvements.

KBD ItaBest "Italiano - Better"

COPYRIGHT   "(c) 2016 B9K"

COMPANY "Company"

LOCALENAME  "it-IT"

LOCALEID    "00000410"

VERSION 1.0

SHIFTSTATE

0   //Column 4
1   //Column 5 : Shft
2   //Column 6 :       Ctrl
6   //Column 7 :       Ctrl Alt
7   //Column 8 : Shft  Ctrl Alt

LAYOUT      ;an extra '@' at the end is a dead key

//SC    VK_     Cap 0   1   2   6   7
//--    ----        ----    ----    ----    ----    ----    ----

02  1       0   1   0021    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT ONE, EXCLAMATION MARK, <none>, <none>, <none>
03  2       0   2   0022    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT TWO, QUOTATION MARK, <none>, <none>, <none>
04  3       0   3   00a3    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT THREE, POUND SIGN, <none>, <none>, <none>
05  4       0   4   0024    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT FOUR, DOLLAR SIGN, <none>, <none>, <none>
06  5       0   5   0025    -1  20ac    -1      // DIGIT FIVE, PERCENT SIGN, <none>, EURO SIGN, <none>
07  6       0   6   0026    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT SIX, AMPERSAND, <none>, <none>, <none>
08  7       0   7   002f    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT SEVEN, SOLIDUS, <none>, <none>, <none>
09  8       0   8   0028    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT EIGHT, LEFT PARENTHESIS, <none>, <none>, <none>
0a  9       0   9   0029    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT NINE, RIGHT PARENTHESIS, <none>, <none>, <none>
0b  0       0   0   003d    -1  -1  -1      // DIGIT ZERO, EQUALS SIGN, <none>, <none>, <none>
0c  OEM_4       0   0027    003f    -1  0060    00b4        // APOSTROPHE, QUESTION MARK, <none>, GRAVE ACCENT, ACUTE ACCENT
0d  OEM_6       SGCap   00ec    005e    -1  007e    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER I WITH GRAVE, CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT, <none>, TILDE, <none>
-1  -1  0   00cc        // LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I WITH GRAVE
10  Q       1   q   Q   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER Q, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Q, <none>, <none>, <none>
11  W       1   w   W   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER W, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER W, <none>, <none>, <none>
12  E       1   e   E   -1  20ac    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER E, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E, <none>, EURO SIGN, <none>
13  R       1   r   R   -1  00ae    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER R, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER R, <none>, REGISTERED SIGN, <none>
14  T       1   t   T   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER T, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER T, <none>, <none>, <none>
15  Y       1   y   Y   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER Y, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y, <none>, <none>, <none>
16  U       1   u   U   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER U, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U, <none>, <none>, <none>
17  I       1   i   I   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER I, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER I, <none>, <none>, <none>
18  O       1   o   O   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER O, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O, <none>, <none>, <none>
19  P       1   p   P   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER P, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER P, <none>, <none>, <none>
1a  OEM_1       SGCap   00e8    00e9    001b    005b    007b        // LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH GRAVE, LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE, ESCAPE, LEFT SQUARE BRACKET, LEFT CURLY BRACKET
-1  -1  0   00c8        // LATIN CAPITAL LETTER E WITH GRAVE
1b  OEM_PLUS    0   002b    002a    001d    005d    007d        // PLUS SIGN, ASTERISK, INFORMATION SEPARATOR THREE, RIGHT SQUARE BRACKET, RIGHT CURLY BRACKET
1e  A       1   a   A   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER A, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A, <none>, <none>, <none>
1f  S       1   s   S   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER S, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER S, <none>, <none>, <none>
20  D       1   d   D   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER D, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER D, <none>, <none>, <none>
21  F       1   f   F   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER F, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER F, <none>, <none>, <none>
22  G       1   g   G   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER G, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER G, <none>, <none>, <none>
23  H       1   h   H   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER H, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H, <none>, <none>, <none>
24  J       1   j   J   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER J, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER J, <none>, <none>, <none>
25  K       1   k   K   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER K, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER K, <none>, <none>, <none>
26  L       1   l   L   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER L, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER L, <none>, <none>, <none>
27  OEM_3       SGCap   00f2    00e7    -1  0040    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER O WITH GRAVE, LATIN SMALL LETTER C WITH CEDILLA, <none>, COMMERCIAL AT, <none>
-1  -1  0   00d2        // LATIN CAPITAL LETTER O WITH GRAVE
28  OEM_7       SGCap   00e0    00b0    -1  0023    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH GRAVE, DEGREE SIGN, <none>, NUMBER SIGN, <none>
-1  -1  0   00c0        // LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH GRAVE
29  OEM_5       0   005c    007c    -1  007e    -1      // REVERSE SOLIDUS, VERTICAL LINE, <none>, TILDE, <none>
2b  OEM_2       SGCap   00f9    00a7    001c    -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER U WITH GRAVE, SECTION SIGN, INFORMATION SEPARATOR FOUR, <none>, <none>
-1  -1  0   00d9        // LATIN CAPITAL LETTER U WITH GRAVE
2c  Z       1   z   Z   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER Z, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Z, <none>, <none>, <none>
2d  X       1   x   X   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER X, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER X, <none>, <none>, <none>
2e  C       1   c   C   -1  00a9    -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER C, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER C, <none>, COPYRIGHT SIGN, <none>
2f  V       1   v   V   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER V, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER V, <none>, <none>, <none>
30  B       1   b   B   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER B, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER B, <none>, <none>, <none>
31  N       1   n   N   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER N, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER N, <none>, <none>, <none>
32  M       1   m   M   -1  -1  -1      // LATIN SMALL LETTER M, LATIN CAPITAL LETTER M, <none>, <none>, <none>
33  OEM_COMMA   0   002c    003b    -1  -1  -1      // COMMA, SEMICOLON, <none>, <none>, <none>
34  OEM_PERIOD  0   002e    003a    -1  263a    263b        // FULL STOP, COLON, <none>, WHITE SMILING FACE, BLACK SMILING FACE
35  OEM_MINUS   0   002d    005f    -1  2015    -1      // HYPHEN-MINUS, LOW LINE, <none>, HORIZONTAL BAR, <none>
39  SPACE       0   0020    0020    0020    -1  -1      // SPACE, SPACE, SPACE, <none>, <none>
56  OEM_102 0   003c    003e    001c    25c4    25ba        // LESS-THAN SIGN, GREATER-THAN SIGN, INFORMATION SEPARATOR FOUR, BLACK LEFT-POINTING POINTER, BLACK RIGHT-POINTING POINTER
53  DECIMAL 0   002e    002e    -1  -1  -1      // FULL STOP, FULL STOP, , , 


KEYNAME

01  Esc
0e  Backspace
0f  Tab
1c  Enter
1d  Ctrl
2a  Shift
36  "Right Shift"
37  "Num *"
38  Alt
39  Space
3a  "Caps Lock"
3b  F1
3c  F2
3d  F3
3e  F4
3f  F5
40  F6
41  F7
42  F8
43  F9
44  F10
45  Pause
46  "Scroll Lock"
47  "Num 7"
48  "Num 8"
49  "Num 9"
4a  "Num -"
4b  "Num 4"
4c  "Num 5"
4d  "Num 6"
4e  "Num +"
4f  "Num 1"
50  "Num 2"
51  "Num 3"
52  "Num 0"
53  "Num Del"
54  "Sys Req"
57  F11
58  F12
7c  F13
7d  F14
7e  F15
7f  F16
80  F17
81  F18
82  F19
83  F20
84  F21
85  F22
86  F23
87  F24

KEYNAME_EXT

1c  "Num Enter"
1d  "Right Ctrl"
35  "Num /"
37  "Prnt Scrn"
38  "Right Alt"
45  "Num Lock"
46  Break
47  Home
48  Up
49  "Page Up"
4b  Left
4d  Right
4f  End
50  Down
51  "Page Down"
52  Insert
53  Delete
54  <00>
56  Help
5b  "Left Windows"
5c  "Right Windows"
5d  Application

DESCRIPTIONS

0409    Italiano - Better

LANGUAGENAMES

0409    Italian (Italy)

ENDKBD
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  • I would argue that a starting accented vowel is not the only case when you would use a capitalized accented vowel, another common scenario is when the whole word is capitalized. – Marco Lackovic May 11 '20 at 15:03
  • Well, that too is true... when Italian people write rage comments in all caps :) – beppe9000 May 11 '20 at 17:55
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There is also a shareware tool called keyxpat that can help you, under any windows software. It attaches the characters you want on the key you want, so there is no other keys to type at the same time. So to get À, you just type shift+A and wait one click of the metronome. This is straightforward and unobtrusive, and it allows you to type quickly.

Disclaimer: I'm the author of this tool. I did it for myself first because I need to write in french on a US qwerty keyboard all the time.

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