Typing French Accents

To type accents for foreign languages on a PC, you have to hold down the ALT key, then type the three or four digits listed below. When you release the ALT key, the character will appear. You must type the numbers with the numeric keypad, not with the row of numbers across the top of your keyboard. Codes for capital letters are included, however they are often typed without an accent mark.

à

133

À

0192

â

131

Â

0194

ä

132

Ä

142

ç

135

Ç

128

é

130

É

144

è

138

È

0200

ê

136

Ê

0202

ë

137

Ë

0203

î

140

Î

0206

ï

139

Ï

0207

ô

147

Ô

0212

ù

151

Ù

0217

û

150

Û

0219

ü

129

Ü

154

If you are using a Macintosh computer, you must use the Option key in conjunction with a two letter sequence. Hold the Option key down while typing the first letter of the sequence, then release the option key before typing the second letter. The exception to this is the cédille (ç) which only requires holding the option key while typing the letter c.

ACCENT CODES FOR MACINTOSH COMPUTERS

à

e + a

â

i + a

ä

u + a

ç

C

é

e + e

è

` + e

ê

i + e

ë

u + e

î

i + I

ï

u + I

ô

i + o

ù

` + u

û

i + u

ü

u + u


Another possibility of typing accents on a PC or laptop is the following system. To write the letter "é" for example, push the control key and type the apostrophe sign ('), followed by a simple e > the letter appearing will be é.

é ( e accent aigu ) control + ', then e by itself
à ( a accent grave ) control + `, then a
è ( e accent grave ) control + `, then e
ô ( o accent circonflexe ) control + shift + ^, then o
â ( a accent circonflexe ) control + shift + ^, then a
î ( i accent circonflexe ) control + shift + ^, then i
ï ( i tréma ) control + shift + colon (:), then i
ë ( e tréma ) control + shift + colon (:), then e
ç ( c cédille ) control + comma (,), then c

 

Macintosh Computers

é ( e accent aigu ) option + e, then e by itself
à ( a accent grave ) option + `, then a
è ( e accent grave ) option + `, then e
ô ( o accent circonflexe ) option + 1, then o
â ( a accent circonflexe ) option + i, then a
î ( i accent circonflexe ) option + i, then i by itself
ï ( i tréma ) option + u, then i
ë ( e tréma ) option + u, then e
ç ( c cédille ) option + c
(o dans l'e) option + q

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