Techie Tip of the Week: Adding Special Characters in MS Office (Accents, Umlauts, Tildes, etc.)

If you write letters, create presentations, or other documents in languages other than English, you will often need to add special characters not found in the English character set (é, ü ñ, ¿, etc.)

To add these characters in Microsoft Office:

  • à è ì ò ù – À È Ì Ò Ù
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the ` key, and then press the desired letter.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the ` key, and then press the desired letter.
  • á é í ó ú ý – Á É Í Ó Ú Ý
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the ‘ key, and then press the desired letter.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the e key, and then press the desired letter.
  • â ê î ô û – Â Ê Î Ô Û
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the ^ key, and then press the desired letter.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the i key, and then press the desired letter.
  • ã ñ õ – Ã Ñ Õ
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the ~ key, and then press the desired letter.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the n key, and then press the desired letter.
  • ä ë ï ö ü ÿ – Ä Ë Ï Ö Ü Ÿ
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the : key, and then press the desired letter.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the u key, and then press the desired letter.
  • å Å
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the @ key, and then press the letter a or A.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter a or A.
  • æ
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press & and then press the letter a.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key.  Then press the ‘ key.
  • œ
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the & key, and then press the letter o.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter q.
  • ç Ç
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press  the + key, and then press the letter c or C.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter c or C.
  • ð
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the ‘ key, and then press the letter d.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter d.
  • ø Ø
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the + key.  Then press the / key, and then press the letter o or O.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter o or O.
  • ¿
    • Windows: Hold down the Alt key. Then hold down the Control key, and then press the ? key.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the Shift key, and then press the ? key.
  • ¡
    • Windows: Hold down the Alt key. Then hold down the Control key, and then press the ! key.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the 1 key.
  • ß
    • Windows: Hold down the Control key. Then press the & key, and then press the letter s.
    • Mac: Hold down the Option key. Then press the letter s.

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