Changing keyboards to type ã and ø characters
(ã and ø
These changes will allow the ã and ø characters to be typed using
just ctrl+a and ctrl+o
If, like me, you are worried about making
such changes in case something goes terribly wrong and you can't
reverse it - don't worry. For normal typing, you will not
notice anything different when using your keyboard. These
changes are easily reversible by following the same procedure
below and undoing the changes in step 6.
Make sure that you can see this note while you are making the
changes (either on screen or print out a copy).
For Word 2007:
Word, click on button in top left corner
on ‘Word Options’ at the bottom:-
on ‘Customize’ in left menu:-
on ‘Keyboard shortcuts - Customize’ near the bottom:-
In the new window, drag the left slider to the very bottom to ‘Common Symbols’
Click on that line to highlight it in blue.
Drag the right slider down to the ã symbol, click on it to highlight it.
on the line in the ‘Current keys’ box which will have ‘Ctrl+~,A’, to highlight
it in blue.
the cursor into the ‘Press new shortcut key’ box
the ‘Ctrl’ and the ‘A’ key down at the same time
‘Assign’ box in the bottom left becomes highlighted. Click on the ‘Assign’ button.
7 Repeat the process for ø, using ‘Ctrl’
8 For the capital letters, Ã & Ø, do
the same using ‘Ctrl’, shift and ‘A’; ‘Ctrl’, shift
If you wish, as you are doing this, the old keystrokes (Ctrl+~,A
etc.) can be deleted.
13 January 2015