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How to write, insert, or type letters with accents (tilde, acute, etc.)


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    Use this page to write, insert, or type letters with accents (tilde, acute, etc.). Adding these special characters and symbols is easy and can be done quickly from your computer’s keyboard. All you need is the reference guide below and a few simple steps.

    Steps to add

    To complete these steps, you’ll need to be using a keyboard that has a numeric key pad (typically on the right side). Using the number keys above the alphabet keys does not work.

    1. Press the Num Lock key to make sure the numeric key pad enabled.
      • This is typically indicated by a small green light.
    2. Click your cursor in the spot where you want to insert the character.
      • This works in any text entry field, such as an email in Outlook, Microsoft Word, and more.
    3. Press and hold the Alt key on the keyboard.
    4. While holding the Alt key, enter the four-digit numeric code for the character you want to insert (see the specific codes below).
      • For example, to add a tilde to a, use Alt+0227.
    5. Release the Alt key.