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This step-by-step guide describes how to use the United States-International keyboard layout in Windows 7, in Windows Vista, and in Windows XP. With the United States-International layout, you can type international and special characters by using combinations of keys.

How to use the United States-International keyboard

Adding the United States-International keyboard layout

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To add the United States-International keyboard layout, follow these steps:

  • Windows 7 or Windows Vista
    1. Click Start, type intl.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
    2. On the Keyboards and Language tab, click Change keyboards.
    3. Click Add.
    4. Expand the language that you want. For example, English (United States).
    5. Expand Keyboard list, select the United States-International check box, and then click OK.
    6. In the Default input language list, click Language name - United States-International (where Language nameis the language that you selected in step 4), and then click OK two times.
    7. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click OK

      Notice that the Language bar appears on the taskbar. When you position the mouse pointer over it, a ToolTip appears that describes the active keyboard layout.
    8. Click the Language bar, and then click United States-International on the shortcut menu that appears.

      The United States-International keyboard layout is selected.
  • Windows XP
    1. Click Start, type intl.cpl in the Run box, and then press ENTER.
    2. On the Languages tab, click Details.
    3. Under Installed services, click Add.
    4. In the Input language list, click the language that you want. For example, English (United States).
    5. In the Keyboard layout/IME list, click United States-International, and then click OK.
    6. In the Select one of the installed input languages to use when you start your computer list, click Language name - United States-International (where Language name is the language that you selected in step 6), and then click OK.
    7. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, click OK.

      Notice that the Language bar appears on the taskbar. When you position the mouse pointer over it, a ToolTip appears that describes the active keyboard layout. For example, United States-International appears.
    8. Click the Language bar, and then click United States-International on the shortcut menu that appears.

      The United States-International keyboard layout is selected.

For more information about the Language bar, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 306993 HOW TO: Use the Language Bar in Windows XP 

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To turn on StickyKeys, follow these steps:*Windows 7 or Windows Vista

    1. Click Start  , and then click Control Panel.
    2. Click Ease of Access, and then click Change how your keyboard works.
    3. Select the Turn on Sticky Keys box.
    4. Click OK.
  • Windows XP
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. Under Pick a category, click Accessibility Options.
    3. Under or pick a Control Panel icon, click Accessibility Options.

      The Accessibility Options dialog box appears.
    4. On the Keyboard tab, click to select the Use StickyKeys check box, and then click OK.

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