ALL USERS: How to add diacritical marks to your writing using keyboard shortcuts

Microsoft offers keyboard shortcuts to add language accent marks in Word; please visit the link for a comprehensive list and for and the most current information. 

The below shortcuts are from Microsoft Support and provided here for your convenience.

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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


ø, Ø

CTRL+/, o or O








Windows 10: There are keyboard shortcuts available when you switch to the International English keyboard. To do so: 

  1. Open Windows Settings
  2. Click on Time & Language
  3. Click on Language
  4. Under the "Preferred languages" section, select the current default language
  5. Click the Options button 
  6. Under the "Keyboards" section, click the Add a keyboard button
  7. Select the new keyboard layout (United States-International)
  8. Click the arrow in the top of the window to go back to the Language page
  9. Click Keyboard, then select English (United States) - United States-International in the Override for default input method drop-down list

Now holding the right Alt key and typing a letter will give you letters with accents. An example of some of the options is below


For Mac users: hold in the key you're typing and you will receive a menu to choose from, for example, hold in the "a" key to get a menu for á,à,ä, etc and you can simply select the one you want. This also holds true for mobile users on iOS and Android.

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