I found nothing with "windows accents android".

I'm looking for a Windows application that lets users type exotic characters (éà©…Éœß, etc.) à la Android:


I checked the following, but found them wanting:

Is there a Windows application that does this?

Thank you.



Ideally, I'd rather a solution that creates a brand new keyboard layout like Windows does to switch between different langugages, instead of having to use awkward multi-key combos to type a character, eg. AltGr + ' + e to get "é". I don't care if it's open- or closed-source.

At this point, it seems like the solution is to use one of the tools below:

  • Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (MSKLC)
  • Portable Keyboard Layout (PKL)
  • KbdEdit
  • AutoHotKey (need to double-check)
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    There are dozens of alternative keyboards. The Neo keyboard layout is supposed to be one for as many languages as possible but basically you have to pick a target language because you are tying on a keyboard(unless I misunderstood your question and you are referring to Windows Tablets).
    – William
    Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 19:11
  • Thanks for the input. I hadn't thought about that solution. Do you know of an easy way to keep my QWERTY keyboard layout for common use, and add a second layer that I could activate and would contain the exotic characters I often use?
    – Gulbahar
    Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 21:43
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    AltGr is the key used in other languages. Download microsoft creator.
    – William
    Commented Aug 19, 2018 at 21:43
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    Have you thought about giving feedback to one or more of the Open Source tools you mention on why you find it unusable to see if you & the author(s) can't come up with something better? Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 4:52
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    I wrote WinCompose for that specific purpose; can you be more specific about what it lacks? I’d be willing to add features if they fall into the scope of the software. Commented Aug 20, 2018 at 7:56

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There is a company specializing for many years in keyboards, mainly for Windows:


On their website, you will find many ready-made solutions. And you will find tools like their "Keyman Developer" that will give you a lot of work but total control over your keyboard layouts and behaviour:


I have used this in the past, and it was too much work, but good product. I am known to work with SIL, who abtained the Keyman company a few years ago (or something like that), but I am not afiliated and not involved in any way.

Presently we are still using MSKLC, which is no longer supported, but there are good help questions/answers over on Super User on how to get that going on a Windows 10 machine.


When I see your screenshot, I'm thinking that the Keyxpat tool you mention does exactly what you're looking for. Can you tell why you think it's inadequate? Note: I'm Keyxpat author.

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After second thought, it seems you may want to see a solution that works visually, i.e. that shows the characters that can be chosen from a set. If yes, then know that the current version in development has such a visual aid. If you want to try it, please let me know.


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