How do I get letters with accent marks in Microsoft Word?

Accent marksFor users who do not have specialized keyboards, letters with accent marks must be inserted or entered using shortcut keys. The following sections have details for each of the aforementioned methods.

Inserting accented letters with the Menu bar

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Select the Insert tab on the Ribbon or click Insert in the Menu bar.
  3. On the Insert tab or the Insert drop-down, select the Symbol option.
  4. You may choose from the limited selection of symbols that appear or click More Symbols.
  5. Select the desired symbol.
  6. Click the Insert button.

Use keyboard shortcuts

In addition to inserting accented letters manually via the Symbols option, Microsoft Word users may utilize the following combinations of keys to add accent marks to their letters. For example, to get the character à, you'd press the Ctrl Key and the ` Key together, then release those keys and press the A Key.

Note: You must press the letter key quickly after releasing the shortcut keys. Otherwise, the non-accented letter is created.

Tip: To get upper case accent letters, be sure to turn on Caps Lock before using the shortcut keys. Alternatively, after pressing the shortcut keys together, release all but the Shift key, then press the desired letter to create an upper case accent letter. The Shift key option only works for those shortcuts utilizing the Shift key, as listed below.

Desired Symbol Shortcut Key Combination
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

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