Do you have a non-German keyboard? You do not know where the Ä or Ö is? You do not how to type @ or – or >? A German keyboard is quite different from English keyboard, especially with the punctuation marks and symbols. If you do not have a German keyboard, how can you know the exact locations of letters, punctuation marks, and symbols? The default windows program “On-Screen Keyboard” can help you. Every windows PC has it. You can open the program each time you want to see a German keyboard. Alternatively, you can do like what I do, by storing snapshots of it on your desktop. I believe this will save your time. There are a lot of photos on the internet of German keyboards. I tried many of them for months. However, the snapshots that I made from the On-Screen Keyboard are the best (Here is a link to a Google Images search for “German keyboard”. You can compare the images there with the images from the On-Screen Keyboard at the end of this post).
How can you open thisthe On-Screen Keyboard program? There are two methods:
You can click on start and then search for “on.” The program will be on the top of the search results:
You can take the following steps to open the program from its default location in the start menu:
1. Start> All Programs
2. Accessories> Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard
3. The program starts displaying the keyboard of your default computer language (in my case, it is English). You can then switch the language of your computer to German and the program will display the German keyboard.
4. This first snapshot is what you will see with no keyboard key pressed:
5 This second snapshot is what you will see with the shift key pressed:
6. This third snapshot is what you will see with the Alt Gr key pressed (it is the Alt key in your keyboard located at the right side). You can also press alt + CTRL to see this view too. For example, to type @, press Alt Gr + q or Ctrl + Alt + q.
You can save the last three snapshots (4-6) on your desktop. I did that and each time I forget the position of a letter or punctuation mark, I open these photos and look it up. This saves time rather than going through the entire road each time (Start> Accessories > Ease of Access > On-Screen Keyboard > Switch to German).
Alternatively, you can download this single photo that contain the three above snapshots togeher. I think it is more practical than having three separate photos: