- It’s easy to use accented letters on Mac and Windows computers
- Different moves for different platforms
- Accentuate letters on Mac computers
- Accented letters on a Windows PC
- Create accents without numeric keypad on PC
- HTML and accents
- Add accents to mobile devices
- other diacritics
It’s easy to use accented letters on Mac and Windows computers
Acute accent marks, also called diacritics, lean to the right over the top of some vowels and consonants. They are used in Latin, Cyrillic and Greek. English has absorbed countless Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese words, and many of their vowels are marked with an accent mark. For example, the French and Spanish word café is a commonly used word in English and the accent mark is often used.
Acute accents occur in both upper and lower case vowels: Á, á, É, é, Í, í, Ó, ó, Ú, ú, Ý, and ý.
Different moves for different platforms
Different keyboard shortcuts can create sharp accents on the keyboard, depending on your platform. Keep in mind that some programs and computer platforms may have special keystrokes to create sharp accents.
Accentuate letters on Mac computers
Enter accented characters on the Mac using the Accent menu or the Emoji & Symbols menu:
- Accent menu † On your Mac keyboard, press and hold the letter you want to add an accent to for a few seconds and a small menu will appear with several accent options for that letter. Each option for a particular letter is displayed with a number below it. Either press the number key for the version you want to use on your keyboard, or use your mouse to click its label or number in the accent menu. for accentuated a keep the key pressed a while pressing a number 2 on the keyboard or press a number 2 in the accent menu with the mouse. For an uppercase version of a character, press the key Shift before typing, and hold down the letter you want to highlight. The character you select will appear in your document.
- Menu Emoticons and Symbols † To use the emoji and symbol menu (called special characters in older versions of the software), place the cursor where text can be entered. Open the menu Change at the top of the screen and select Emoji and symbols. Expand the menu by clicking the icon in the top right corner. Select a symbol category in the left pane or enter a symbol name in the search box and search for the desired symbol in the middle pane. Additional variations of that particular symbol appear in the right pane. Double click on a symbol to place it where your mouse was. For example, if you type “accent” in the search box, you’ll see symbols and variations of all kinds of accents.
Accented letters on a Windows PC
On a Windows PC, enable: Num Lock † Hold down a key alt enter the corresponding numeric code on the numeric keypad to create characters with sharp accents.
Numeric codes for uppercase letters with acute accents include:
- Alt+0193 † A.
- Alt+0201 = É
- Alt+0205 † I
- Alt+0211 † O
- Alt+0218 † you
- Alt+0221 † E
Numeric codes for lowercase letters with acute accents:
- Alt+0225 †
- Alt+0233 = e
- Alt+0237 = me
- Alt+0243 = off
- Alt+0250 = you
- Alt+0253 †
The row of numbers at the top of the keyboard above the alphabet does not work for numeric codes. If you don’t have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, you’ll need to copy and paste the accented letter.
Create accents without numeric keypad on PC
If you don’t have a numeric keypad on the right side of your Windows PC keyboard, you can copy and paste accented characters from the character map. For Windows: find the character map by clicking Get started † All programs † Default † System tools † Overview of letters † You can also click Windows and go inside overview of letters in the search box. Select the desired letter, copy it and paste it into the document you are working on.
HTML and accents
Programmers use HTML (HyperText Markup Language) as their main programming language for creating web pages. HTML is used to create almost every page you see on the web. It describes and defines the content of a web page.
In HTML, display accented characters by typing † (ampersand sign), then a letter (A, e, U, etc.), then a word sharp then † (semicolon) with no spaces in between. For example, type in HTML e before e with an accent mark.
In HTML, characters with acute accents may appear smaller than the surrounding text. Only increase the font for these characters if it is an important point.
Add accents to mobile devices
When typing on the virtual keyboard of an iOS or Android mobile device, hold your finger over the letter you want to highlight. You will see a popup with all available diacritics for that letter. Swipe to an accented letter and release to place it in a document or text message.
An acute accent isn’t the only diacritic you need sometimes. Other diacritics are produced in the same way as an acute accent. They contain the serious accent (`); The cedilla, which is attached to the bottom of the letter, as in the word “façade”; emphasis on circles (ˆ); and the umlaut, which is two dots above the letter, as in collaboration among others. The tilde usually has its own key on the keyboard. On virtual keyboards, the tilde is available in the same popup as the acute accent.