If you do not own a specialized keyboard then typing letters with accent marks in the Microsoft Word would require you to learn it. If you type only in English than you may not be aware of how to type letters with accents marks on the Word. If you often use any language other than English then you may have used these letters already.

If you only type in English, there still may be times when you will be required to type an accented letter. For instance, words like cliché, déjà vu, and many other words have an accented letter in them. While you can type them in normal letters, it is good to write them properly. This article will explain how can you put an accent over the letter in Microsoft Word.

Insert Accented Letters with Word’s Insert Function:toolbar

Those who use Microsoft Word quite often know about its detailed menu bar located at the top of the screen. The main toolbar has many options that include File, Home, Design, Layout and many others. All these options have then sub-options. For instance, if you click File then a drop-down would appear having a lot of options on it. Likewise, if you hit the option Insert, you will get a lot of options to choose from.

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It is the insert tab that allows you to insert accented letters as well. Tap on the tab Insert and then look at the top-right side of the toolbar. You will be able to locate the option Symbol placed under the option Equation. Now if you click on the option Symbol, you will see a dropdown with all the accented letters on it. All you need to do is to click on the option More Symbols and you will get yourself a full keyboard with accented letters available on it.
Symbol keyboard

The Symbol keyboard or window that appears on the screen has 3633 characters to choose from. Not all of them are accented letters. If you just want the accented letters then you can choose the option Latin-1 Supplement next to the option Subset on this keyboard/window. After selecting the required accented letter, simply click on the option Insert on the keyboard/window. It looks like a lot of work, but it gets easier when you are actually doing it. However, if you do not want this much of workaround, then you should learn the keyboard shortcuts.

Insert Accented Letters with Keyboard Shortcuts:

Microsoft Word offers a lot of keyboard shortcuts. You may require some time to fully learn the tricks, but rest assured, they are worth it. People who need to insert accented letters or even other symbols quite often should take some time out and learn this keyboard shortcut. You may have noticed on the More Symbols keyboard that Word actually tells you what the shortcut key is for that character.

Now you must be thinking that learning this shortcut and then remembering it is an uphill task, aren’t you? Well, the truth is that it is not difficult at all. The reason why this keyboard shortcut Is easy to apply is the fact that these shortcuts follow a kind of formula, so you don’t necessarily have to memorize them all. You will just need to use the SHIFT or CTRL key simultaneously with the accent key on your keyboard, followed by a quick press of the letter.

For instance, if you need to type á character, you will need to press CTRL+ ‘(apostrophe) keys simultaneously. Release those keys and instantly hit the A key on your keyboard. You will get your desired character (á) that way. If you desire to get that accented letter in the upper case then enable the Caps Lock before executing the shortcut.

Insert Accented Characters with ASCII Codes:

This is perhaps the tackiest method of all. The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) is for those who use accented letters a lot. The full list of ASCII Codes is too long to be covered here. However, this article will focus on covering the basics shortcuts in regards to ASCII.

1. Enable the Number Lock on your keyboard.

2. Hold down the ALT key and then type the number code.

3. For instance, if you desire to insert á character, then you will need to hold down the ALT key and key in the number 133 which is the code for this character.

4. You will get to learn the numbers code for different accented letters and then you will be able to type them through the ASCII.