Type Accented Letters with Accent Codes in Mac OS X
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, we’ll show you how to quickly type them using the special option key based keystroke modifiers.
These accent code keystrokes are available on all versions of Mac OS. Remember, the Option key is also the ALT key on a Mac keyboard, you will be using that to place the accent over a letter.
How to Type Accented Letters on Mac using Accent Codes
To get this type of accent over a letter, type this command followed by the letter you want accented:
- à – option+`
- â – option+i
- á – option+e
- ä – option+u
- ã – option+n
For example, if you want to type ö you would hit the OPTION and “u” key, then press the “o” key.
This is one of those tricks that you should really try out on your own to understand how it works, and once you get the hang of it you’ll see it’s not too difficult.
On modern Macs, you can also use a key holding trick to type letter accents too, which is even easier.
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 suérte!
Do you have any other tips for typing accent letters? Share with us in the comments!