Accents made easy in Word

JasonUnderwood
loved your pate!

Our world shrinks and our community becomes increasingly global. For those using the 26 letter (aka, US 101) keyboard, proper communications can be challenging.

Master these easy keyboard shortcuts so as not to mistake pate with pâté, fur with für, or Crème fraîche with, well, anything. 

To avoid a lot of memorization, remember: look for the key that looks like the accented character and match it with a CTRL (and sometimes SHIFT) stroke. Many of the special characters can be created by using apostrophe ( ′ ),  colon (:)  caret (^) and tilde (~).

Char

Name

Keystroke

Example

´

acute accent CTRL +, followed by letter más (Sp., more)

`

grave accent CTRL + `, followed by letter (Fr., where)

¨

diaeresis/umlaut CTRL + SHIFT + :, followed by letter Tür (Gr., door)

^

circumflex CTRL+ SHIFT ^, followed by letter tête (Fr., head)

~

tilde CTRL + SHIFT ~, followed by letter Piña Colada (a dreadful 70s song)
Bonus language-specific shortcuts:

ç

(Fr.) cedilla CTRL + , (comma), followed by c garçon (boy)

ß

(Gr.) eszett CTRL + SHIFT + &, followed s groß (large)

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Cheers!

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Comments and questions are always welcome!