Typing Polish Accented Characters on a US Keyboard


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.

ą Ą ć Ć ę Ę ł Ł ń Ń ó Ó ś Ś ż Ż ź Ź

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

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HOW TO ENABLE ON WINDOWS 7

Launch control Panel

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The Control Panel will launch

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In the upper right type “keyboard” to search for the keyboard-related control panel items

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Under Region and Language click change keyboards or other input methods

 

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The Region and Language dialog launches.

Click change keyboards.

 

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The Text Services and Input Languages dialog will launch

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Click Add

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The Add Input Language dialog launches

Find the node that says “Polish (Poland)” and click on the [+] to expand the node

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Expand the Keyboard node

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Check the “Polish (Programmers)” item

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Click OK

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Back at the Text Services and Input Languages dialog, click the drop down for the Default Input Language

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Select the polish keyboard you added

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Click OK

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Click OK

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Close the Control Panel

 

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Now test it out. Launch Notepad and start typing

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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.

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HOW TO USE

Just download and open the file at the link below.


Comments (6)

  1. Alex Bogomol says:

    Thnx for the post!

    You are welcome to learn Ukrainian. November is also "Listopad" 🙂 just in cyrillic typing.

    BTW, Ukrainian is very close to Polish 🙂

  2. Joe says:

    Thanks for Your great help, works perfectly!!! I recommend !!!

    a  ą A Ą, , c  ć C Ć  ,e ę E Ę,  l ł L Ł , n ń N Ń,  o ó O Ó,  s ś S Ś , z ż Z Ż,  z ź Z Ź.

    On may keyboard switch from English to Polish  both way :

    Need click same time   "Alt & Shift " ,

    then on the right lower screen bar will  show capitols " EN "  or respectively " PL " .

    After You switch to "PL" need  HOLD same time  " Alt & Ctrl " , and then press for example small  " a "  ,

    so we  should have  "ą " .

     If we want capitols like  " Ą " , need  hold SAME TIME  " Alt , Ctrl,  Shift " , and then press required letter,    

    or  "Shift & Lack "  before,  and then "Alt & Ctrl" plus letters  " Ą  Ą Ć, Ó Ż Ź

    Attention !   ź  Ź  = X

    Dziękuję , polecam i pozdrawiam : )

  3. Maz says:

    Very helpful.

    Thanks for the document

    🙂

  4. Gregory says:

    Cool! If you are just browsing the web, and want to write Polish characters, you can with this Firefox extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/polski-domek-toolbar/

  5. niels says:

    doesn’t work

  6. Finally I have a working Polish keyboard, many thanks!

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