I have a laptop with a UK English version of Windows and a French keyboard (AZERTY...). I have been using the Google Pinyin IME for some time now but I can't figure out how to enter a "half comma" (顿号, dùnhào, i.e. this type of comma: ). There are explanations for non-AZERTY keyboards (e.g. at LaoshiLink) but I haven't found any for French keyboards. (I did a web search in French but I wasn't lucky.)

  • 顿号 is in the symbol list in Google Pinyin IME. It wasn't there?
    – user13501
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 15:17
  • It's not the | \ button?
    – Mou某
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 16:03
  • @user3306356 No, I tried all combinations of AltGr with other keys; this did not give me a dun comma.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 16:06
  • It's less likely to be a combination key than just a key on its own. You might want to just try all ,./-:;'"_\|~]]{}#%^*+=.,' keys and see what you get
    – Mou某
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 16:09
  • @user3306356 No, that gives me just the characters that are on those keys, i.e. the same output as when Google Pinyin is not running at all. Anyway, I found a way. See my response.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 16:12

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Since I figured it out after some more searching and trying, here is the answer:

After starting Google Pinyin IME, right-click on the keyboard button (软键盘 ruǎnjiànpán: software keyboard). From the menu that appears, choose 标点符号 (biāodiǎn fúhào: punctuation marks). This will bring up a keyboard on the screen; the dun comma is on the top row, on the same key as the number 2. You can than enter the dun comma using either the software keyboard or your hardware keyboard. You can then close the software keyboard again by clicking on the keyboard button.

Unfortunately, I am not aware of keyboard shortcuts to do this.

  • @帅气型男 The key to the left of F1 is ESC (or échap in French). Shift + ESC does not result in any punctuation. The key below ESC gives ² (regardless whether Google Pinyin is running or not.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Aug 2, 2016 at 19:28
  • There is a key on the left of the number key 1. Use CTRL + `, it may be what you want.
    – user13501
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 2:07
  • @帅气型男 Thanks again for your suggestions. The key to the left of 1 is ² (a superscript 2). I have tried Ctrl + ², Alt + ², Ctrl + Alt + ², AltGr + ², Ctrl + AltGr + ², Ctrl + Shift + ², Alt + Shift + ², AltGr + Shift + ², and none of these key combinations results in any output.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 9:40
  • Could you show us how your keyboard looks like? It seems that the positions do not match with mine.
    – user13501
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 9:57
  • @帅气型男 See the image "AZERTY layout used in France" in the Wikipedia article AZERTY.
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 10:16

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