Type Accented Letters with Accent Codes in Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2009 - 10 Comments

Grave, tilde, acute, circumflex, umlaut… all the fun accent codes that you might need to use. So if you need to type an accented letter in Mac OS X, here’s how.

To get this type of accent over a letter, type this command followed by the letter you want accented:

accent letters mac

à – option+`
â – option+i
á – option+e
ä – option+u
ã – option+n

I just used the letter A as an example but you can insert accents over letter. Now my sister in Spanish class can stop pulling her hair out. Buena suerte Trish!

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:

Related articles:

Posted by: William Pearson in How to, Mac OS X

10 Comments

» Comments RSS Feed

  1. Matteo Corti says:

    There an extensive list of other language specific characters that you can directly type with a key combination on Mac OS X.

    Here a list: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codemac.html

    Matteo

  2. türküler says:

    Thank you admin, My Beatiful web site.

  3. [...] installed. This is a lot easier than trying to memorize some of the more obscure key commands for typing accented letters and the Apple logo [...]

  4. thank you admin really nice …
    by yenisarki

  5. Ron says:

    The above code does not work for a capital letter? Please advise.

    Thanks,
    Ron

  6. Jen says:

    I tried to do an accent grave on mine, with the “hold option then press plus” and it didn’t work. Instead, it made an equals sign with a dash through it… Actually, none of these worked.. And yes, I DO have a Mac. A macbook air

  7. Dee says:

    Doesn’t work.

  8. Hav says:

    This totally works, but needs clarification: you have to press the option button and the letter in the list at the same time, then lift both your fingers off the keyboard and hit the letter you wish to accent. EXAMPLE: to make á …. hit OPTION and E at the same time and then you will see the accent mark with an underscore. lift your fingers, and hit the letter ‘a’ and it will be inserted under the accent mark. I am on a MacBook Pro.

Leave a Reply

 

Shop for Apple & Mac Deals on Amazon.com

Subscribe to OSXDaily

Subscribe to RSS Subscribe to Twitter Feed Follow on Facebook Subscribe to eMail Updates