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. On the Menu bar, click Insert.
  3. From the dropdown or side menu click Symbol.
  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 symbols, 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, then release those keys and press the A Key.

Note: To get upper case accent letters, be sure to turn on Caps Lock before using the shortcut keys.

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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