Typing in Polish…how hard is it? Posted by Kasia on Feb 10, 2014 in Grammar
I don’t think I wrote a blog about typing in Polish before…It seems like it is not too hard, but for these of you who don’t know about it yet, it may be helpful.
I only use Mac, so I will give you instructions how to do it on a mac. Here are the steps:
1. Go to System Preferences
2. Select Language & Text from the Personal section at the top.
3. Select Input Sources.
4. Scroll through the languages until you find Polish Pro. Check the box to the left to enable the keyboard.
5. Close Language & Text.
6. You should now have a flag on your menubar. This is where you will select which keyboard you want to use.
7. When you are ready to enter Polish text in program such as Mail, etc. click on the flag and select Polish Pro.
8. You can now enter Polish text with all of the diacritics. The problem here is usually that nothing says how to enter them. The easy answer is that you hold down the Option or Alt key at the same time you type the letter that has a diacritic. Since only Z has more than one type of possible diacritic, for most everything else you will get the mark you want. If you do need one of the marks on the z, though, you can type Option-z to get ż and Option-x to get ź. Hold shift while typing these sequences for a capital letter with its diacritic.
9. You may wonder how you would know all this. To find out what different keyboard sequences type, use the Keyboard Viewer from the flag menu where you selected Polish Pro. This provides an interactive keyboard that shows what the keys produce. When you first open it the keyboard looks normal. Hold down the Option key, either on your physical keyboard or the Viewer and you will see that the keys then produce different characters, including diacritics in the case of Polish.
Below, next to each character, you’ll find out what keys you need to press simultaneously to type it in.
Ć ć – alt + c
Ę ę – alt + e
Ł ł – alt + l
Ń ń – alt + n
Ó ó – alt + o
Ś ś – alt + s
Ź ź – alt + x
Ż ż – alt + z
I do not own a PC, but I’m assuming it is pretty easy to adjust keyboard to Polish as well. I would appreciate if someone can share some more info about setting up Polish keyboard in Windows in comments below.
Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)
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