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

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Accent marksFor users who do not have specialized keyboards, letters with accent marks must be inserted or entered 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. 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.

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 Ctrl+Shift+@ (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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