Accents for Mac

Option 1: Press and Hold Accent Method on Mac

Simply press and hold the key on which you'd like the accent to appear, and a number of options will come up above the letter, like this:

When you see the type of accent you'd like to add, just type that number and the accent will be added to the letter or you can also use the left and right arrow keys (and enter) to select which one you want.

Option 2: The Option Key Accent Method on Mac

The Option key helps you add all kinds of accent and diacritic marks to your text. Just press and hold the Option key (the same as the Alt key), then press the "e" key, and then release them and press the letter key to which you'd like to add the accent.

For example, if you'd like to add an acute accent (´) to the letters a, e, i, o, or u, you'd press Option + e, and then the letter to which you'd like to add the accent. So, Option+e+a gets you á.

Accents for Microsoft

For keyboard shortcuts in which you press two or more keys simultaneously, the keys to press are separated by a plus sign (+) in Word Help. For keyboard shortcuts in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys to press are separated by a comma (,).

To type a lowercase character by using a key combination that includes the SHIFT key, hold down the CTRL+SHIFT+symbol keys simultaneously, and then release them before you type the letter.

To insert this

Press

à, è, ì, ò, ù,
À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù

CTRL+` (ACCENT GRAVE), the letter

á, é, í, ó, ú, ý
Á, É, Í, Ó, Ú, Ý

CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), the letter

â, ê, î, ô, û
Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û

CTRL+SHIFT+^ (CARET), the letter

ã, ñ, õ
Ã, Ñ, Õ

CTRL+SHIFT+~ (TILDE), the letter

ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ,
Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö, Ü, Ÿ

CTRL+SHIFT+: (COLON), the letter

å, Å

CTRL+SHIFT+@, a or A

æ, Æ

CTRL+SHIFT+&, a or A

œ, Œ

CTRL+SHIFT+&, o or O

ç, Ç

CTRL+, (COMMA), c or C

ð, Ð

CTRL+' (APOSTROPHE), d or D

ø, Ø

CTRL+/, o or O

¿

ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+?

¡

ALT+CTRL+SHIFT+!

ß

CTRL+SHIFT+&, s

The Unicode character for the specified Unicode (hexadecimal) character code

The character code, ALT+X

For example, to insert the euro currency symbol , press 20AC, and then hold down the ALT key and press X.

The ANSI character for the specified ANSI (decimal) character code

ALT+the character code (on the numeric keypad)

Note: Make sure that NUM LOCK is on before you type the character code.

For example, to insert the euro currency symbol, hold down the ALT key and press 0128 on the numeric keypad.

Accents for Mobile Device

Step 1

Type as you normally would until you get to a word you need to accent.

Step 2

Press and hold the letter on the virtual keypad that is closest to the accented letter you want. For example, if you want the accented "e" that is common in Spanish, press and hold the "e" key. If your phone has this feature, several options will appear, showing the letter "e" with various accents and related symbols.

Step 3

Slide your finger up to the appropriate accented letter when it appears. Release your finger when the letter you want is highlighted.

Step 4

Repeat the press and hold process for each letter you want to accent.

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