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Windows - Microsoft Word Codes

These codes apply to Microsoft Word on Windows only. Users of Windows for Mac should refer to the Mac Option codes.

If you are using another software package, use use must use one of the other methods of inputting accents.

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  1. Letters with Accents - (e.g. ó, ò, ñ)
  2. Other Foreign Characters - (e.g. ç, ¿, ß)

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.

Word for Windows Accent Codes
ACCENT SAMPLE TEMPLATE NOTES
Acute ó Ó
Control+', V
' = apostrophe key
Circumflex ô Ô
Shift+Control+^, V
 
Grave ò Ò
Control+`, V
 
Tilde ñ Ñ
Shift+Control+~, V
Only works with "n,N,o,O,a,A"
Umlaut ö Ö
Shift+Control+:, V
:= colon key

Example 1: To type the letter ó, hold down the Control key, then press the apostrophe key. Release both keys and type o. The accented letter should appear.

Example 2: To type the letter Ó, hold down the Control key, then press the apostrophe key. Release both keys and type O. The accented letter should appear.

Example 3: To type ñ, hold down the Shift key, then the Control key, then the ~ key. Release all three keys, then type n.

Other Foreign Characters

This list is current for Word 2000. Some foreign characters may not have codes in earlier versions of Word.

Word for Windows Foreign Character Codes
SYMBOL NAME CODE NOTES
¡ Upside-down exclamation point Alt+Shift+Control+! Either Alt key works.
¿ Upside-down question mark Alt+Shift+Control+? Either Alt key works.
Ç,ç French C cedille (caps/lowecase) Control+,,c
Control+,,C
For ç, press Control, then the comma key. Release then press c.
Œ,œ OE ligature (caps/lowecase) Shift+Control+&,o
Shift+Control+&,O
 
ß German Sharp/Double S Shift+Control+&,S  
Ø,ø Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase) Control+/,o
Control+/,O
 
Å,å Nordic A-ring, Angstrom sign (caps/lowecase) Shift+Control+@,a
Shift+Control+@,A
A with ring/Angstrom Sign
Æ,æ Old English AE ligature (caps/lowecase) Shift+Control+&,a
Shift+Control+&,A
 
Ð,ð Old English eth (caps/lowecase) Control+',d
Control+',D
Icelandic/Old English eth
' = apostrophe key

Example 1: To input Spanish upside down exclamation point ¡ (Alt+Shift+Control+!), hold down the Alt key, then the Shift key, the the Control key, then the ! key. Release all four keys, and the ¡ punctuation will appear.

Example 2: To input French oe ligature œ (Shift+Control+&,o), hold down the Shift key, then the Control key, then the & key. Release all three keys and then type o to make the letter appear.

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 29-Mar-2017 15:46:19 EDT