Typing Accents

Creating World Languages Special Characters
Scroll to bottom for directions on how to turn off Auto Correct options (such as for when Word automatically changes text as you type).

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Option 1 - preferred method
(this method does not work for all versions of Word)
Hold down the < CTRL > key, and press the desired accent (do not release the < CTRL > key until the accent key has been depressed). The accent will not appear on the screen. Then type the letter the accent is modifying, and the letter will appear with the accent.

Examples:
First type < CTRL > + < , > (comma) then type "c" to create "ç"
First type < CTRL > + < SHIFT > + < ` > (key to left of #1) then type "n" to create "ñ"
First type < CTRL > + < ` > (key to left of #1) then type "a" to create "à"
First type < CTRL > + < ‘ > (apostrophe) then type "e" to create "é"
First type < CTRL > + < SHIFT > + < ; > (semicolon) then type "i" to create "ï"
First type < CTRL > + < SHIFT > + < 6 > (#6) then type "o" to create "ô"

Note: this can be done for lowercase or uppercase letters. To create uppercase letters with an accent, use the < CTRL > key to indicate the accent, then hold down the < SHIFT > key before depressing the letter.

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Option 2 - ASCII codeHold down the < ALT > key and use the keypad to type in the three-digit number corresponding with the ASCII character (be sure the < NUM LOCK > is on). Do not type the quotes.

Hold down the < ALT > key and type “128” to create Ç
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “129” to create ü
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “130” to create é
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “131” to create â
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “132” to create ä
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “133” to create à
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “134” to create å
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “135” to create ç
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “136” to create ê
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “137” to create ë
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “138” to create è
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “139” to create ï
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “140” to create î
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “141” to create ì
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “142” to create Ä
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “143” to create Å
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “144” to create É
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “145” to create æ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “146” to create Æ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “147” to create ô
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “148” to create ö
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “149” to create ò
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “150” to create û
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “151” to create ù
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “152” to create ÿ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “153” to create Ö
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “154” to create Ü
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “156” to create £
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “157” to create ¥
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “159” to create ƒ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “160” to create á
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “161” to create í
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “162” to create ó
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “163” to create ú
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “164” to create ñ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “165” to create Ñ
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “166” to create ª
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “167” to create º
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “168” to create ¿
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “173” to create ¡
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “174” to create «
Hold down the < ALT > key and type “175” to create »

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Option 3 - Copy and PasteAs a last resort, if other methods don’t work for you, use your mouse to highlight the desired character from the list above (or a word from any document).
- “Copy” the character into your clipboard by holding down the < CTRL > key and press < c >. (you will not see any change on the screen)
- Go to the desired application and use your mouse to put the cursor where you would like to insert the character
- “Paste” the character or text from your clipboard to the area where your cursor is by holding down the < CTRL > key and press < v >. You will see the character appear on the screen.

Note: to switch between applications, such as between this text and the text where you would like to insert the special character, you can “toggle” between sessions.
- Hold down the < ALT > key and press < TAB >.
If several sessions are available, continue to hold down the < ALT > key and press < TAB > repeatedly until the desired application is highlighted.
When the < ALT > key is released, the application that is highlighted will be selected.

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Word AutoCorrect OptionsWhen typing in a language that is not English, it is useful to turn off the automatic Spelling and Grammar features, and certain AutoCorrect Options.

To turn off Spelling and Grammar (so Word doesn’t underline “misspelled” words)
Click on Tools
Click on Options
Click “Spelling and Grammar” tab
Click on the options you’d like to turn off
- check spelling as you type
- check grammar as you type
Click on OK

To turn off AutoCorrect Options (so Word doesn’t automatically change words)
Click on Tools
(Click on the double arrows at the bottom of the list to see all the options)
Click on AutoCorrect Options
(If you don’t see this option, click on the double arrows at the bottom of the list to see all the options)
Click on the options you’d like to turn off
- capitalize the name of days
- replace text as you type
Click on OK

 

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