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.