How to type French accents on PC and MAC


Accents

Because I know how difficult and time consuming trying to write in French with an English keyboard is (especially when you are only using the “insert symbol” option), I thought that a table of all the shortcuts might come handy!

Make sure that your number lock is off!

 

For PC

To type accents with ALT codes, hold down the ALT key, then on the numeric keypad type the three or four digits listed here. When you release the ALT key, the character will appear.

For Mac

Accented Vowels

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.

Mac Option Codes for Vowels
ACCENT SAMPLE TEMPLATE
Acute á Á Option+E, V
Circumflex â Â Option+I, V
Grave à À Option+`, V
Umlaut ë Ë Option+U, V

Example 1: To input the lower case ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release both keys then type lowercase o.
Example 2: To input the capital Ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release all both keys then type capital O.

 

Other Characters

Consonant/Punctuation
Sym Mac Option Code
ç Option+C
Ç Shift+Option+C
« Option+\
» Shift+Option+\
Shift+Option+2
(not on older fonts)

Source: http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/bylanguage/french.html and Caleigh French 11
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