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Instead of memorizing a long list of Alt number combinations, or using the Character Map, you could change your language and layout from English-US to United States-International (or any other available language on your system).
•Single-click the Start menu, mouse over Settings, and then single-click the Control Panel.
•Double-click the Keyboard icon and then click the Language tab
•Under "Keyboard layout," place a checkmark next to United States-International.
•Click Apply. You may be asked to insert your Windows system disk to finish loading the process.
You can type in other languages without knowing the Alt codes for a non-English alphabet. For example, type ~ followed by N to get Ñ. A tilde followed by any letter will place the appropriate accent on the letter you choose.