Typing accents on your computer



Typing accents on your Mac or PC


On a Macintosh 

To create accented letters and special characters  on a Macintosh, use the "option" key in combination with another key on the keyboard BEFORE you type the letter the accent goes on.  For example, to create an à (a with an Accent grave), hold down the [option] key and press [`], then release those two keys and type the "a"

ACCENT GRAVE: à, è, ì, ò, ù, À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù 

Option + [~], then letter

ACCENT AIGU: é, É 

Option + [e], then letter

CIRCONFLEX: â, ê, î, ô, û, , Ê, Î, Ô, Û 

Option + [i], then letter

TRÉMA: ä, ë, ï, ö, ü

Option + [u], then letter

CEDILLA: ç / Ç 

Option + [c] / Option + Shift + [c]

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On a Windows machine 

To create accented letters and special characters, Windows programs use the "Alt" key in combination with a number code entered using the keypad to the right of the main keyboard. For example, to create an ò ( o with an accent grave), hold down the Alt key and enter the code 0210 on the keypad. Upon release of the Alt key the character will be entered on the screen. 

Some Windows programs also have an Insert Symbol command that allows you to choose what accented letter you wish to use.  This can be simpler than using the [alt] key commands.  Some programs such as Word even let you type the accented letters directly, but this differs from program to program.  Check your word processor's help files.

Windows "Alt" codes for accented letters used in French are shown in the table below.
 

ACCENT GRAVE: à, è, ì, ò, ù, À, È, Ì, Ò, Ù  à = 0224
À = 0192
è = 0232
È = 0200 
ì = 0236
Ì = 0204 
ò = 0242
Ò = 0210 
ù = 0249
Ù = 0217
ACCENT AIGU: é, É    é = 0233
É = 0201
     
CIRCONFLEX: â, ê, î, ô, û, , Ê, Î, Ô, Û  â = 0226
 = 0194
ê = 0234
Ê = 0202
î = 0238
Î = 0206
ô = 0244
Ô = 0212
û = 0251
Û = 0219
TRÉMA: ä, ë, ï, ö, ü ä = 0228 ë = 0235 ï = 0239 ö = 0246 ü = 0252
CEDILLA: ç / Ç      ç = 0231
Ç = 0199
       

Questions? Comments?  Email me at jrauschenberg@loganhocking.k12.oh.us

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