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Accent Codes for the Macintosh

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This page list codes for accented letters and other characters. The list is organized by type. These tables show select codes only, not all possible codes.

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  1. Letters with Accents - (e.g. ó, ò, ñ)
  2. Other Foreign Characters - (e.g. ç, ¿, ß)
  3. Currency Symbols - (e.g. ¢, £, ¥)
  4. Math Symbols - (e.g. ±, °, ÷)
  5. Other Punctuation - (e.g. &, ©, §)
  6. Links to External Resources
  7. Extra Accents: Extended Keyboard for OS X - (e.g. Ā, ý, č) New Page
  8. Extra Math and Phonetic Symbols: Character Pallete (e.g. ə,ŋ,∀∈,♁,♇ ) New Page

Letters with Accents

This list is organized by Accent type. The sample shows a letter with that accent, and the Notes present any special comments about using that accent.

For the Template, the symbol "V" means any vowel. The format is to hold the first two keys down simultaneously, release, then type the vowel you wish to be accented.

Macintosh Option Codes for Accented Letters
ACCENT SAMPLE TEMPLATE NOTES
Acute ó Ó Option+E, V  
Circumflex ô Ô Option+I, V  
Grave ò Ò Option+`, V  
Tilde õ Õ Option+N, V Only works with "n,N,o,O,a,A"
Umlaut ö Ö Option+U, V  

Example 1: To input the letter ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release both keys then type lowercase o.

Example 2: To input the letter Ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release both keys then type capital O.

Other Accent Marks

See the Extended Keyboard Page for additional accent marks

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Other Foreign Characters

To insert these characters, press the Option key (bottom of keyboard) then other "code" key to make the symbol appear.

Macintosh Option Codes for Foreign Characters
SYMBOL NAME CODE
¡

Upside-down exclamation mark

Option+1

¿

Upside-down question mark

Shift+Option+?

Ç,ç

French C cedille (caps/lowecase)

Shift+Option+C
Option+C

Œ,œ

OE ligature (caps/lowecase)

Shift+Option+Q
Option+Q

ß

German Sharp/Double S

Option+S

º, ª Masculine Ordinal Number (Span/Ital/Portuguese)
Feminine Ordinal Number

Option+0
Option+9

Ø,ø

Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase)

Shift+Option+O
Option+O

Å,å

Nordic A ring (caps/lowecase)

Shift+Option+A
Option+A

Æ,æ

AE ligature (caps/lowecase)

Shift+Option+' (apostrophe key)
Option+'

« »

Spanish/French quotation marks

Option+\
Shift+Option+\

Example 1: To input French ç (Option+C), hold down the Option, then the C key. The ç will appear.

Example 2: To input French Ç (Shift+Option+C), hold down the Shift key, then the Option key,then the C key. The ç will appear.

Other Characters

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Currency Symbols

To insert these characters, press the Option key (bottom of keyboard) then other "code" key to make the symbol appear.

Macintosh Option Codes for Currency Symbols
SYMBOL NAME CODE
¢ Cent sign Option+4
£ British Pound Option+3
¥ Japanese Yen Option+Y
Euro Sign. Shift+Option+2
May not be in older fonts.
ƒ Dutch Florin Option+F

Other Symbols

See the Character Palette Page for additional currency symbols

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Math Symbols

To insert these characters, press the Option key (bottom of keyboard) then other "code" key to make the symbol appear.

Macintosh Option Codes for Math Symbols
SYMBOL NAME CODE
÷ Division sign Option+/
± Plus/minus sign Shift+Option+=
° The degree symbol Shift+Option+8
¬ "not" symbol Option+L
Greater than or equal to Option+>
Lesser than or equal to Option+<
square root radical sign Option+V
π Pi symbol Option+P
Infinity symbol Option+5
Approximately Option+X
Δ Delta/Difference Option+J
Σ Sum Sign Option+W
Product Pi Symbol Shift+Option+P
Ω Ohm sign Option+Z
µ Micro Option+M
Partial Derivative Option+D
Integral Sign Option+B
Per Mil (1/1000) Sign Shift+Option+R

 

Other Symbols

See the Character Palette Page for additional math symbols

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Other Punctuation

To insert these characters, press the Option key (bottom of keyboard) then other "code" key to make the symbol appear.

Macintosh Option Codes for Punctuation
SYMBOL NAME CODE
© Copyright symbol Option+G
® Registered Option+R
Trademark Option+2
Paragraph Symbol Option+7
Dot Option+8
§ Section Symbol Option+6
en-dash. Option, then minus sign Option+-
em-dash Shift+Option+-
Dagger Option+T

 

Other Symbols

See the Character Palette Page for additional symbols

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Links to External Reference Pages

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 04-Jun-2013 12:39:16 EDT