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Adding accents and other diacritics to letters on Extempore
Adding accents and other diacritics to letters on Extempore

Learn how to type letters with accents on Mac, Microsoft & Mobile Device

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Written by Abbai Habte
Updated over a week ago

Students and teachers can type accent marks on Extempore by using the device's default keyboard. This article shares how to include accent marks using any device on Extempore.


Accents for Mac

Option 1: Press and hold method

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 diacritical 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 both 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 PCs / Chromebooks

Use Google Chrome to access Extempore and download an Accent Keyboard extension. We recommend downloading "Accent Press" and following the below steps to type the accents in your target language.

Step 1

Go to "Accent Press" and click "Add to Chrome". This will add Accent Press as an extension to your chrome on your device.

Step 2

Open the settings for your extensions, click on the é icon and choose which languages you want. This tells the extension which accents to enable or not.

Step 3

Once you have selected your target language, to type an accent, hold down the physical key on your keyboard (for example, the E key to type é). Type as you would normally, just hold down the accents longer than normal.


Adding accents and diacritics via phone or mobile device

Step 1

When you need to add an accent or other diacritic, press and hold the desired letter on your keypad. Once you hold down, options for adding diacritics appear for that letter above.

Step 2

Slide your finger up to the appropriate letter when it appears. Highlight the correct letter, then release your finger to add it to your text.

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