Add accents easily with AX

runs on Windows
screenshot of AX

If you live and work in the good old USA—or at least you bought your computer here—then you've got a keyboard set up for American English. That's fine when you're typing stuff in English, but if you need to branch out and create something in French, Spanish, or any of dozens of other languages, you may be in for a rough time. That's because lots of other languages use all kinds of extra little curlicues with their characters.

AX makes it easy to get correctly accented letters even with your American keyboard. Once you type the base character that you want to accent—maybe the letter "E"—you just start pressing the [F8] function key. With each new press, you'll get a different accent for your character, so you can cycle through acute, grave, and circumflex accents, as well as umlauts for you fans of the Germanic tongues, and so on. It works for other characters as well—maybe you need a superscript digit or a subscript number for your mathematical or chemical musings. It supports a bunch of different European languages, so it probably has the right markings for your character. You can even change the hotkey if [F8] is a favorite for you for some other use. It should be compatible with all your other apps, so whether you're working in your word processor, tweaking a spreadsheet, or anything else, you should be good to go.

You can grab a copy of AX for free. It's an open source application and runs under Windows.

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14 Responses to “Add accents easily with AX”

  1. Martin says:

    WOT flags the page as untrustworthy ??

  2. xCurt says:

    VirusTotal claims both site and file are clean. Spybot Search & Destroy found nothing. Outpost Security Suite Pro found nothing. WOT itself is untrustworthy! AX is okay.

  3. Steve says:

    As Martin said, WOT flags the site as a source of malware.

  4. Bill Samuel says:

    The file contains a Trojan, according to McAfee.

  5. Ushindi says:

    All I have to go on to rate sites is WOT. If WOT is wrong about this place, sorry, but I’d rather stay safe than sorry & infected.

  6. Stephen Anderson says:

    My anti-malware software will not allow this product to download – what is in it?

  7. Roger McKeon says:

    WOT is off its rocker. AX is published under the GNU general public licence V3. It is an open source piece of software put together with autohotkey, a very well known tool to all people who are interested in this type of application. You can check all of this out, as well as a number of other most interesting details in the extensive documentation the author generously delivers with the software itself. Besides, Eset (nod32), Norton, AVG, Google Safe Browsing and Online Link Scan all consider it to be innocuous. WOT is onto a false positive, given the fact that the program reads the keyboard input, & that’s about all there is to it. Martin is perfectly right, AX is OK.

  8. Stephen Anderson says:

    As an added note: My software is Emsisoft Anti-Malware Pro 5.0 with Emsisoft Online Anchor Firewall. This was about as high a rated software as I could find.

  9. Stephen Anderson says:

    The problem isn’t “AX”, the problem is the web site “Vulpeculox.net.”

  10. Peter Fox says:

    AX *DOES NOT* contain a trojan. The Malware scanners are detecting that it ‘hooks the keyboard’ which is what trojans do but in this case is perfectly legitimate. (I should know I wrote it and have now spent more time dealing with this false positive nonsense which is bordering on the ‘everybody panic’ level.)

  11. Luann Potts says:

    AX *DOES NOT* contain a trojan. The Malware scanners are detecting that it ‘hooks the keyboard’ which is what trojans do but in this case is perfectly legitimate. (I should know I wrote it and have now spent more time dealing with this false positive nonsense which is bordering on the ‘everybody panic’ level.)

  12. Chica says:

    Most of us just don’t have the time to try and understand if something is malware or not. If we get a message, we have to take it at face value. I am sure the software functions quite well.

    TX

  13. John Norbert says:

    I can get an acute accent on an ‘e’ [é], but I cannot get an acute accent on an ‘a’ — only ‘à’ and ‘â’ and ‘ä’