Recently I took up exploring the Polish language – it is wonderful. Any language that calls November “Listopad” has got to be interesting 🙂
If you are exploring this language, you may wonder how to type the Polish accented characters on a US keyboard.
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You have at leas two choices:
- Use a Polish Keyboard layout with your US Keyboard – creates shortcuts that apply to all applications running windows
- Use a Word Document that has specific keyboard shortcuts assigned to generate the characters – these shortcuts only apply to the word document.
POLISH KEYBOARD LAYOUT WITH A US KEYBOARD
HOW TO ENABLE ON WINDOWS 7
Launch control Panel
The Control Panel will launch
In the upper right type “keyboard” to search for the keyboard-related control panel items
Under Region and Language click change keyboards or other input methods
The Region and Language dialog launches.
Click change keyboards.
The Text Services and Input Languages dialog will launch
The Add Input Language dialog launches
Find the node that says “Polish (Poland)” and click on the [+] to expand the node
Expand the Keyboard node
Check the “Polish (Programmers)” item
Back at the Text Services and Input Languages dialog, click the drop down for the Default Input Language
Select the polish keyboard you added
Close the Control Panel
Now test it out. Launch Notepad and start typing
WORD DOCUMENT WITH SHORTCUT KEYS
By using the Insert Symbol feature in Microsoft Word you can assign your own keyboard shortcuts for the characters. To simplify this for you I’ve made a sample doc available on my SkyDrive, that comes pre-built with the shortcuts. The diagram below in the doc shows how to generate the characters.
HOW TO USE
Just download and open the file at the link below.