I have recently moved to Sweden with an english computer (windows xp home). I know how to access foreign symbols in word documents, but how do I get them on other programs? For example, in my address book, or on internet explorer.
Sorry borage, that lets me out. Never having had a laptop I can't make any further suggestions. I do have a friend with a laptop though so I will give him a ring and see if he knows. Will post back if I get any more feedback.
Most laptops have a function key that you hold down while typing on the marked keys on the regular keypad.
If you're going to be typing Swedish symbols like ¤ regularly, better add the Swedish keyboard and get used to that. Otherwise, try a keyboard macro program like Perfect Keyboard Pro click here that will record the Alter keystrokes for you, then you can assign your own shortcuts to type whatever characters you need, e.g. Ctrl 3 to type ¤ control a to type ã etc. This will work in almost any program, not just Word.