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Unicode Easy Keyboard Layout

This is a keyboard layout for Windows XP that adds easy access for lots of additional characters. It differs from the "United States International" keyboard layout included with Windows in that none of the standard punctuation marks are dead keys. This means you can activate this layout and not even notice it until you intentionally use it, whereas using the "United States International" layout requires retraining yourself in typing certain character combinations. Also, the Unicode Easy keyboard layout includes all of the Latin composite characters and all of the Greek characters in Unicode, whereas the built-in layout includes only characters in the ISO-8859-1 code page. Supported diacritical marks are: acute, grave, circumflex, diaeresis, tilde, cedilla, breve, caron, ring above, stroke, macron, dot above, and dot below.

See also: Unicode Easy Keyboard Layout for XKB (Linux/*BSD X.org X11)

All composite diacritical characters are accessed by way of dead keys defined as key combinations with the right Alt key (referred to as "AltGr"). The following table shows how to access these diacritics.

Diacritical MarkKey CombinationPossible Characters (Base/Composite)
Acute AccentAltGr+', letter
AEIOUYaeiouyCcLlNnRrSsZzGgKkMmPpWw
ÁÉÍÓÚÝáéíóúýĆćĹĺŃńŔশŹźǴǵḿ´
Grave AccentAltGr+`, letter
AEIOUaeiouNnWwYy
ÀÈÌÒÙàèìòùǸǹ`
Circumflex AccentAltGr+^ (AltGr+Shift+6), letter
AEIOUaeiouCcGgHhJjSsWwYyZz
ÂÊÎÔÛâêîôûĈĉĜĝĤĥĴĵŜŝŴŵŶŷˆ
DiaeresisAltGr+" (AltGr+Shift+'), letter
AEIOUaeiouyYHhWwXxt
ÄËÏÖÜäëïöüÿŸ¨
TildeAltGr+~ (AltGr+Shift+`), letter
ANOanoIiUuVvEeYy=
ÃÑÕãñõĨĩŨũ˜
CedillaAltGr+,, letter
CcGgKkLlNnRrSsTtEeDdHh
ÇçĢģĶķĻļŅņŖŗŞşŢţȨȩ¸
BreveAltGr+u, letter
AaEeGgIiOoUu
ĂăĔĕĞğĬĭŎŏŬŭ˘
CaronAltGr+v, letter
CcDdEeLlNnRrSsTtZzAaIiOoUuGgKkjHh
ČčĎďĚ켾ŇňŘřŠšŤťŽžǍǎǏǐǑǒǓǔǦǧǨǩǰȞȟˇ
Ring AboveAltGr+o, letter
AaUuwy
ÅåŮů˚
StrokeAltGr+/, letter
OoDdHhLlTtbIZz2GgACcip-=
ØøĐđĦħŁłŦŧƀƗƵƶƻǤǥȺȻȼɨ
MacronAltGr+_ (AltGr+Shift+-), letter
AaEeIiOoUuYyGg+-<=>
ĀāĒēĪīŌōŪūȲȳ±ˉ
Dot AboveAltGr+., letter
CcEeGgIZzAaOoBbDdFfHhMmNnPpRrSsTtWwXxYy.
ĊċĖėĠġİŻżȦȧȮȯ˙
Dot BelowAltGr+Shift+., letter
BbDdHhKkLlMmNnRrSsTtVvWwZzAaEeIiOoUuYy
ṿ
Greek LetterAltGr+G, letter
ABGDEZHIKLMNXOPRSTUWabgdezhiklmnxoprstuw
ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΩαβγδεζηικλμνξοπρστυω
Theta/Phi/ChiAltGr+H, letter
TPCtpc
ΘΦΧθφχ
Sharp S / PsiAltGr+S, letter
sPp
ßΨψ
Ligature/SchwaAltGr+E, letter
AaOoEe
Æ挜Əə
Vulgar ThirdsAltGr+Shift+3, numerator
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The keyboard layout also includes the following characters that are accessible without using dead keys:

Unicode Character NameCode PointGlyphKey Combination
Inverted Exclamation MarkU+00a1¡AltGr+! (AltGr+Shift+1)
Cent SignU+00a2¢AltGr+C
Pound SignU+00a3£AltGr+Shift+L
Yen SignU+00a5¥AltGr+Shift+Y
Broken BarU+00a6¦AltGr+| (AltGr+Shift+\)
Section SignU+00a7§AltGr+Shift+S
Copyright SignU+00a9©AltGr+Shift+C
Left-Pointing Double Angle Quotation MarkU+00ab«AltGr+( (AltGr+Shift+9)
Not SignU+00ac¬AltGr+\
Registered SignU+00ae®AltGr+Shift+R
Degree SignU+00b0°AltGr+Shift+O
Micro SignU+00b5µAltGr+M
Pilcrow SignU+00b6AltGr+Shift+P
Right-Pointing Double Angle Quotation MarkU+00bb»AltGr+) (AltGr+Shift+0)
Vulgar Fraction One QuarterU+00bc¼AltGr+2
Vulgar Fraction One HalfU+00bd½AltGr+4
Vulgar Fraction Three QuartersU+00be¾AltGr+6
Inverted Question MarkU+00bf¿AltGr+? (AltGr+Shift+/)
Multiplication SignU+00d7×AltGr+=
Division SignU+00f7÷AltGr++ (AltGr+Shift+=)
Latin Small Letter F With HookU+0192ƒAltGr+F
Left Single Quotation MarkU+2018AltGr+[
Right Single Quotation MarkU+2019AltGr+]
Left Double Quotation MarkU+201cAltGr+{ (AltGr+Shift+[)
Right Double Quotation MarkU+201dAltGr+} (AltGr+Shift+])
BulletU+2022AltGr+* (AltGr+Shift+8)
Per Mille SignU+2030AltGr+% (AltGr+Shift+5)
Single Left-Pointing Angle Quotation MarkU+2039AltGr+9
Single Right-Pointing Angle Quotation MarkU+203aAltGr+0
Euro SignU+20acAltGr+$ (AltGr+Shift+4)
Vulgar Fraction One EighthU+215bAltGr+1
Vulgar Fraction Three EighthsU+215cAltGr+3
Vulgar Fraction Five EighthsU+215dAltGr+5
Vulgar Fraction Seven EighthsU+215eAltGr+7
Trademark SignU+2122AltGr+Shift+T
Partial DifferentialU+2202AltGr+D
IncrementU+2206AltGr+Shift+D
Square RootU+221aAltGr+R
InfinityU+221eAltGr+I
IntegralU+222bAltGr+Shift+I

Installation: The download file is a Microsoft Windows Installer package. Once installed, you have to add the keyboard layout in Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Languages, Text services and input languages, Details.

Updated 14-Jul-2006:

  • Removed inaccessible dead key base characters
  • Added Ctrl combinations for non-alpha keys (fixes the Ctrl+] issue in Telnet)


Unicode Easy U.S. Keyboard Layout for Windows XP (14.0 KB)
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Unicode Easy U.S. Keyboard Layout for Windows Vista (252 KB)
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