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If Your Macrons Stop Working

From time to time I find my macrons suddenly stop working.
This is almost certainly because I have accidentally hit the Windows key + space bar, which is the shortcut to switch the keyboard input method from the Māori keyboard that I usually use, back to the US keyboard.

To correct this:
Press Windows key + space bar to switch it back
or…

1. Click the keyboard input language button, located at the far right end of your taskbar (in the bottom right corner of your monitor/screen).
It looks like this:

 

 

2. Then click English (New Zealand) Maori keyboard.

To use Macrons, see my Tech Tip Type Using Macrons.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Up/Down/Left/Right Keys Misbehaving in Excel?

Are you finding that your Up/Down/Left/Right keys are unexpectedly behaving differently  in Excel?

The SCROLL LOCK key is the culprit.

In Excel, the Up/Down/Left/Right keys on your keyboard usually change which cell is active. However if you have inadvertently tapped the Scroll Lock key, located above the Page-Up/Page-Down/Home key groupings (it happens), then the whole worksheet scrolls up and down instead. This can actually be useful, but not when you don’t want it to!

Solution: find the Scroll Lock key and tap it.

(Tip: when the Scroll Lock key is on,  a blue light usually displays above the number pad.)


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Type Using Macrons

Macrons are an important part of writing te reo Māori accurately. They indicate vowel length. Vowel length can change meaning.

To type a macron, tap the ~ key followed by the vowel that you wish to place a macron above.
eg,  ~+a = ā~+A = Ā

Note: the ~ key, or tilde key, is just below the Esc key in the upper left corner of the computer keyboard

Macrons will only work if you have first enabled macrons on the computer or device you wish to use macrons on.

To configure your Outlook email to display macrons  consistently you need to set Outlook’s Options to use something called Unicode UTF-8 encoding. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either! Don’t worry, it’s a simple process and here’s how:

PC: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/setting-outlook-use-utf8-32242.html

MAC: Go to your Mac’s Outlook Preferences > Composing. Then look for the label Preferred encoding for new messages and select Unicode (UTF-8).

My colleagues and I have written some other Tech Tips for macrons that you may find useful too:

Te tohutō: The macron and how to enable the Māori keyboard

Type on an iPad using Macrons with a Bluetooth keyboard

Type on an iPhone or iPad using Macrons

Type on a Samsung Galaxy S4 using Macrons


Check out our Archive of Tech Tips – open it and hit the “End” key on your keyboard to jump to the end of the Archive list where the most recent Tips are.

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