Start to learn French recently. With Microsoft French Input, typing ', next to ; on keyboard, will show è, but how to type apostrophe?

BTW, I just figured out that the keyboard layout is changed between the different country input. While with English, it is a US keyboard. With French Input, my keyboard is set to Canadian French(Legacy).

With French keyboard, the layout changes a lot from the US keyboard.

  • Have you thried to type ' then space?
    – Toto
    Jan 4, 2023 at 15:18
  • It doesn't work here. With Canadian French(Legacy) keyboard, it is "è ". With French keyboard, it is "ù ".
    – sleepy
    Jan 9, 2023 at 13:44

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With a QWERTY keyboard I strongly suggest the International Keyboard.

The US International keyboard layout is a variation of the standard US keyboard layout that lets you type all common characters used in Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Some of these characters are typed by holding down a special AltChar key, while others are typed by pressing a sequence of keys. This keyboard is based on the QWERTY keyboard layout that is commonly used in the United States.

To insert the grave accent, acute accent, or circumflex alone, press the Spacebar instead of a letter after you press and release the accent key (or Shift plus the accent key). To insert the umlaut/dieresis alone, press Control plus Shift plus the colon (:) key; release, then press the Spacebar. The thing to remember when using accent keys with the US International keyboard layout is that your computer waits for you to press the next key. Your system needs to know whether you want to insert the accent character alone or as an accent over a letter. After you press and release the accent key, you must press another key before anything is displayed on the screen.

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To answer your question, read the following passage.

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Reference: https://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/MCL/resource/use-int-keyboard.pdf

Everything is thoroughly explained in the following link for Windows users: http://sites.psu.edu/symbolcodes/windows/codeint/.

For Ubuntu users see: https://www.wikihow.com/Change-Keyboard-Layout-in-Ubuntu.

For Mac users see: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25643?locale=en_US.

See also Can I drop French accents when writing computer text in French? and the answers therein.

  • Thanks for the answer
    – sleepy
    Jan 4, 2023 at 15:16
  • @sleepy You are welcome:-)!
    – Dimitris
    Jan 5, 2023 at 10:11

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