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24 March, 2004

how to type accented characters

Mac is easier to use, of course
I posted following in SD701 Forums, but somehow I like it, so I post it again here.

Entering special character or accented character is very easy with a Mac.

press the option key

press the option and shift keys

Above screenshots are based on International US keyboard, there may be some variations across different region. For example, UK keyboard has £ default in Shift + 3.

The option key is the key between control and command (‘cmd’ NOT ‘apple’ key) keys.

Letter with a specific diacritical mark.
Grave accent (`): option + `, then the letter
Acute accent (´): option + e, then the letter
Circumflex accent (ˆ): option + i, then the letter
Tilde accent (˜): option + n, then the letter
Umlaut accent (¨): option + u, then the letter
The letter “c” with a cedilla (ç): option + c.

So “encyclopedia” (which should be spelt as “encyclopaedia”) can be typeset as “encyclopædia”.

Update (26th Dec 2006)
for an updated and more detailed instruction, please refer to Typing special and accented characters (MacCentre701 20th Dec 2006)

Posted by Antony on 24 March 2004 4:08 PM | all things Mac

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