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Accents & special characters - Windows

To type accented letters and other symbols on Windows you can use the numeric codes listed below. These should work in any program.

How it works:
To type a lower case letter with an acute accent on it (á é í ó ú) you can:

Codes for typing accented letters

Codes for typing other special characters

Click here to download an Excel spreadsheet of these codes

Other key combinations

Hold down the accent key plus the letter:

Apostrophe (') + letter (a,e,i,o,u) = acute accent (á,é,í,ó,ú)
Slant apostrophe (`) + letter (a,e,i,o,u) = grave accent (à,è,ì,ò,ù)
Quote marks (") + letter (a,e,i,o,u) = umlaut (ä,ë,ï,ö,ü)
Circumflex (^) + letter (a,e,i,o,u)= circumflex (â,ê,î,ô,û)

Note: you have to switch your keyboard layout to United States-International for this method to work. See http://www.lrc.salemstate.edu/aske/accents.htm for details of how to do this.

You can also assign requently-used letters to particular key combinations.


Orthographic diacritics and multilingual computing

Typing International Accent Marks and Diacriticals

International characters

Free keyboard layout for typing many European languages and Japanese rōmaji

Character finder - a site where you can find out which accented letters or other characters are used in which language(s), and other useful information about characters, fonts and unicode: http://transliteration.eki.ee/

If you need to type in many different languages, the Q International Keyboard can help. It enables you to type almost any language that uses the Latin, Cyrillic or Greek alphabets, and is free.

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