How to Type Spanish on an HP Laptop

Change the keyboard settings on your computer to type in Spanish.

Typing a document makes all the difference when you can type in a language you are comfortable with. You can type in Spanish on your HP Laptop by adjusting a few settings that let you type with special characters. Changing the settings in your word processor enables spelling and grammar checks in Spanish as well.

Click “Start” on your HP laptop. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 installed, click the "Windows" flag to populate the menu options.

Select the “Control Panel,” and click on “Control Panel Home” in the upper left corner of the screen if that option isn’t selected already.

Click “Clock, Language and Region” and select the “Regional and Language Options” tab. Select “Change Keyboards” under the “General” tab and click “Add…”

Scroll down and select the Spanish keyboard layout to type in Spanish on your HP laptop. Double click it and check off the type of Spanish you would like to type in. Click “OK” to save your changes. This will enable the keyboard layout to recognize the Spanish language.

Open your word processor and click “Tools.” This will let you change the settings to enable spell check to scan your document for spelling and grammatical errors using the Spanish language.

Select “Spelling and Grammar…” and click on the drop-down menu to “Dictionary Language.” Scroll down and select the Spanish you prefer to type in.

Click “Yes” if the window populates to install the feature and enable the spelling and grammar check.

Type special characters using two keystrokes. When you type an apostrophe, for an example, plus the letter you want to put an accent over, it will type the letter with the accent over it. When you type the tilde key plus the letter you want to use, the keyboard puts the tilde over the letter. To type special punctuation such as a question mark or an exclamation mark, hold down the "alt" key while you press the punctuation mark.

Sumiko Russell has been writing professionally since 2001, focusing on topics ranging from inner-city youth projects to budget shopping. Her work has appeared in "Teen Voices" and online at Sumiko obtained a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Florida International University.