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Can't type accents such as umlaut

2020-09-23, 9:12 AM

Hi all,

 

I just got my new Ideapad 5 and found out that I can't type accents any more. This is a problem since I'm Dutch and we use accents a lot! On my old Windows laptop I was able to make an umlaut by pressing Shift + " and then the letter, an e for instance. This is a letter+accent combo that gets used a lot. 

 

I learned that if I press Ctrl + ' I can make an accent aigu, but this only works in Word and not in my browser (Firefox). Trying to do the same with the " yields no response anywhere (Firefox or Word), the e remains a plain e.

 

I also tried changing my keyboard language, this made no difference.

 

I know I can use Alt codes, but that is really time consuming and awkward, I would like to avoid having to do that at all costs.

 

I'm hoping that someone can tell me it's just a matter of changing a setting! 

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Re:Can't type accents such as umlaut

2020-09-23, 9:26 AM

Hi v_jane,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

Most commonly this is changed by changing the keyboard language. Is the keyboard layout physically different then previous keyboards you have used ? 

QWERTY layouts are the most common, and the runner up is DVORAK layouts.  (See Alternative Keyboard Layouts)

 

When you mention that you have tried changing languages, but it doesn't work, the only thing I can think of is that you have a different layout then what you are used to.

When you press the windows key + space.  Do you see the change between language layouts on the right side of the screen?

 

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Voithos



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Re:Can't type accents such as umlaut

2020-09-25, 9:48 AM

Hi Voithos,

 

Thank you for your reply. Indeed, I have a regular QWERTY keyboard of which the language is set to US English. However, I have been switching between languages by going into Settings, which didn't change anything. Now that I've tried your Windows key + space bar suggestion, it does work! Thank you so much!!! This has been very frustrating over the past few days, now I can type quickly again haha

 

Regards, Jantine

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