La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...
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How to use the numeric keypad to enter french accented characters

This is a question that crops up from time to time, and indeed has frustrated me on occasion too. I regularly struggle trying to enter French accents and characters on my English keyboard. An English keyboard doesn’t have accents: do you end up writing your French language email, word processed document or website content and just omit the accents? Are you happy it looks professional enough? Do you do as I used to and copy accented characters from other documents and websites, then paste them in to your document? This last solution can prove a bit lengthy. Well, here is a quick way to enable you to type accented characters into your documents quickly and easily….

Using the numeric keypad on your English keyboard (make sure you have enabled it by pressing the “Num Lock” key first), hold down your keyboard “Alt” key. Type the 3 digit code for the character you want (see table right). Release the “Alt” key again. As a result, you should see the character you want appear in your document or email.

There are other ways of incorporating French accents and characters into your typing on an English keyboard:

  • If you are using Microsoft Word (or similar) you can use the Insert menu and look for “Symbol” or “Special Characters”This will depend on your product. Then, just look for the character you want and add it to your document
  • You can change your keyboard configuration by going to Control Panel / Languages (Windows users). However, do be careful with this. We recommend reading more before going down this route.

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