Input special characters easily with ‘Holdkey’

Do you find yourself often needing the little accents and doo-dads which appear above certain letters in certain words, maybe in your writing, posts or emails? Would you like to be able to easily put the é into your elan, the à into your voila, or the ê in your crepe? How about a £ or € sign? All these and many more can be readily available compliments of a great little freeware app called Holdkey.

Holdkey is a Windows program that makes it easy to type characters with accents.
No more hassle with alt codes or other time consuming methods to create characters like : é à ø ü € ß ñ ï ç ö ę ğ and many many more. Holdkey runs in the background and works with almost all programs.

Holdkey is a mere 728KB download and scans 100% clean through Virus Total. Installation is straightforward with no bundling or nasty surprises:

Using Holdkey is simplicity personified; just type as normal and whenever you need to insert a special character, hold down the applicable key for around half a second and a selection of variations will appear. Either press whichever number key corresponds to the one you want or simply click on it. For example: say you were typing away and wanted to use the word “cliche” with the correct accent over the ‘e’. Just hold down the ‘e’ key for split second until the list of options pops up:

Now press the number ‘3’ key and… cliché.

No more rummaging through Windows character map, Holdkey is fast, easy and highly effective – check out this demo video:

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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