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Using Foreign Characters

Perception may not accept text copy and pasted from other sources as a correct answer, so we suggest that you enter Foreign text using the following method.
You should ensure that International Support is enabled on your computer.
To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure.
The below illustrations are from Windows XP. The steps for Server 2003 are almost identical. Differences are noted in BOLD.
  1. Go to Control Panel


2. Click on Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options. Skip this step if you are running Server 2003.


3. Click on Regional and Language Options.


4. The Regional and Language Options applet appears.


5. Click on the Languages tab.


6. Under "Text services and input languages," click on the "Details..." button.


7. Under Installed Services, click "Add..."


8. In the Add Input Language dialog box, click the input language and keyboard layout or Input Method Editor (IME) you want to add.


Once done, click OK to exit. On the Text Services and Input Languages page, click OK again to close Regional Options.

9. You should now see a language indicator in the System Tray (located at bottom right hand corner of the desktop by default)


NOTE: You can switch between different input methods by pressing the left Alt + Shift keys or the right Alt + Shift keys

This is a Microsoft Visual Keyboard which allows you to see which keys on your keyboard correspond to which French characters. Make sure that your setting is set to FR (see 5. above)


You can download it from Follow the posted instructions to install and use.