How To Add Accent Marks On Word For Mac
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When you see the type of accent you'd like to add, just type that number and the accent will be added to the letter. You can also use the left and right arrow keys (and enter) to select which one you want.
This method works well if you don't mind the time it takes for that little accent menu to pop up. But it doesn't always include all accents in every language. And it does slow down your flow, especially if you're typing a whole article in another language. Whew, that's a lot of added time.
The Option key helps you add all kinds of accent and diacritic marks to your text. Just press and hold the Option key (the same as the Alt key), then press the "e" key, and then release them and press the letter key to which you'd like to add the accent.
When you quote from texts in foreign languages, you will frequently need to type accent marks. Some common accent marks are the acute accent (e.g., on the e in the French word éclair), the umlaut (on the a in the German Fräulein), and the tilde (on the n in the Spanish piñata). Accent marks appear in some English words too, usually those that have been adopted from other languages, such as déjà vu.
The most straightforward way of typing accent marks in Word is to use the Insert tab to call up a list of special symbols. This approach will work with any kind of keyboard, whether you are using a Mac or a PC.
If your keyboard has a number pad (a rectangular grid containing the numerals 0 to 9), you can generate accent marks and other special characters by typing a capital U followed by a combination of numerals on the number pad, or by a combination of letters and numerals. These unique combinations of numbers, or numbers and letters, are known as unicodes. While Word itself does not provide a list of unicodes, you can find many such lists online. One that contains a limited, but useful, list can be found here.
If your keyboard does not have a number pad, you can use various other combinations of keys to generate accent marks. Most of these combinations begin with the control key or the alt key. Microsoft provides a list of shortcuts here. For instance, to generate an e with an acute accent (é), hold down the control key and then, simultaneously, press the apostrophe key. Then, release those two keys and quickly press the e key. To generate a capital E with an acute accent, hold down the shift key at the same time you hold down the control and apostrophe keys, then release the three keys and press the e key.
On a Mac, you can use a nifty feature to quickly generate accent marks. Simply hold down the key of the letter you need to add an accent mark to, and a little window will pop up with a list of accents to choose from. Each choice is given a number, and by typing the number after releasing the letter key, the letter with the chosen accent will appear. You can also click on the chosen accent mark to get it to appear. To create an e with an acute accent, for instance, hold down the e key until the window pops up above it, and then press the number 2 key, which corresponds to the acute accent mark; or, just click directly on the é in the window.
The hold-down Mac shortcut to open a choice of accent marks doesn't work in OS 11.1 Big Sur, or at least not with Word for Mac v16.44. Slowing down Key Repeat in Keyboard on Systems Preferences doesn't help, and neither does turning off Key Repeat.
Simply press and hold the letter to which you want to apply the accent and select it in the pop-up menu. You can either move your cursor to the letter you want and click or press the corresponding number on your keyboard.
You will notice that some keys will turn orange and show accents. These keys are designated for typing accented characters, and work by pressing that key while Option is held, then release Option and type the letter you wish to apply the accent to.
If you are having trouble working out which key types which symbol, you can instead hold Option on the physical keyboard, then click the req