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I have an iPhone with a Bluetooth Logitech keyboard that also works with iPads. The solution works great for me in meetings etc. because it is a lightweight solution. The problem I face (and I am really there is no solution for it) is that I need special characters all the time.

I write text in Portuguese. In a Windows keyboard (I am a new iPhone user coming from the Windows platform) I can quickly type a character like ' followed by an a and get á. Or ` with an a to get à. Is it possible to quickly type letters with accents in an external iPhone/iPad keyboard and get accents to display quickly and easily?

The only methods and recommendations I have found so far are the ones like this. Is there a quicker/better/handier solution with an external keyboard? Thank you.

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Go to your iOS keboard settings and select US International PC under Hardware group for your language. Here is a list of all of them:

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/46870715/s/ios6kbs%20copy.html

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Choose the keyboard Portuguese (Brazil) and then the US-International-PC

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I'm quite sure, since iOS 5 is a Mac OS X derivative, that the standard Mac OS X keyboard layout "dead keys" will work. These work like in windows, except that they use an option+letter combination, rather than the quote key and so forth in windows.

Here is a list that should help you for typing portuguese. You type first option-accentkey then the letter:

  • +i = ^
  • +e = ´
  • +e = `
  • +n = ˜
  • +u = ¨ (I guess this one isn't used much in portuguese anymore)
  • +c = ç

So, for example, to type õ you type +n, then o.

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You can use the same keyboard combinations as on OS X to create accented characters. Here are the commands for each:

  • +` then a
  • +e then a
  • +u then a
  • +i then a
  • +n then a

After you press the (option/alt key) combination, the accent character will show up. Then, typing the next character will replace the accent with the accented character, if possible. If the character you type cannot have that accent, the accent will stay, followed by the character.

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