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

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

Accent marksFor users who do not have specialized keyboards, letters with accent marks may only be created using shortcut keys or through the menu bar.

Inserting accented letters with the menu bar or Ribbon

  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. Select the desired accented character or symbol from the list of symbols. You can scroll through the entire list or select from the Subset drop-down list to view a specific type of symbols.

Note: In Word 2003 and earlier versions, you can click the More Symbols option to see a larger list of available symbols to insert.

  1. After selecting the desired accented letter or symbol, click the Insert button.

Tip: If you insert an accented character using the above steps, once a character is inserted, you can copy that character and paste it anywhere else in the document.

Use keyboard shortcuts

Microsoft Word users can also 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 while holding that key, press the ` Key (Tilde Key, above the Tab key) as well. Then, release both keys and quickly 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 uppercase 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 [email protected] (At), a or A
æ, Æ Ctrl+Shift+& (ampersand), a or A
œ, Œ Ctrl+Shift+& (ampersand), 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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