Choose keyboard language & special characters

You can use different keyboard languages, sometimes called input methods, on your Chromebook to:

  • Change your typing language
  • Use special characters, like accent marks or currency symbols

Set your keyboard languages

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. On the left panel, select Advanced and then Languages and inputs.
  4. Under "Languages and inputs," select Inputs.
  5. Under "Input methods," select Add input methods.
  6. Select the keyboard languages you want to use and then Add.
  7. "Enabled" is listed under the current keyboard.
  8. To set a different keyboard language, use your cursor to point to and select another keyboard.

Switch between keyboard languages

If you add more than one keyboard language, you can switch between languages from the shelf, next to the time.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. On the left panel, select Advanced and then Languages and inputs.
  4. Under "Languages and inputs," select Inputs.
  5. Turn on "Show input options in the shelf." Your current keyboard language code appears on the shelf, next to the time.
  6. Select your keyboard language code.
  7. In the "Input methods" box, select the language you want to switch to.

Tip: You can also switch your language by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space until the language you want is selected. To switch back, press Ctrl + Space.

Add accent marks

The U.S. International keyboard has the following accent marks:

Acute (´) ' then letter
Grave (`) ` then letter
Tilde (~) Shift + ` then letter
Circumflex (^) Shift + 6 then letter
Umlaut/diaeresis (¨) Shift + ' then letter
Cedilla (¸) Shift + AltGr + 5 then letter

Tip: On the US International (PC) keyboard, you can use ' then letter.

 

Use the following combinations to type specific international characters on the US International keyboard.

Important: The AltGr key is the Alt key on the right of the keyboard.

Acute (é) AltGr + e
Acute (á) AltGr + a
Acute (ú) AltGr + u
Acute (í) AltGr + i
Acute (ó) AltGr + o
Tilde (ñ) AltGr + n
Umlaut/diaeresis (ü) AltGr + y
Umlaut/diaeresis (ö) AltGr + p
Umlaut/diaeresis (ä) AltGr + q
Cedilla (ç) AltGr + ,
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