French words have a lot of accents on their letters that denote a different pronunciation of the letter it appears beneath. Letts that usually have a French accent includes a, e and c. Common friend accents include aigu (é), grave (è) cedilla (ç), cironflexe (Â) and trema (ë). Modern keyboards only contain a limited number of symbols and letters and French letters aren’t’ available on US or modern keyboards.

If you want to type French accents, you need to use different key combinations on your keyboards.

Typing French Accents

If you want to type any letter with the aigu accent above it (é):

1. Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard.

2. Press on (this is on the same key as the At symbol)

3. Press on the letter you want the accent on.

If you want to type a letter with the grave symbol above it (è):

1. Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard.

2. Press the ` key. This is the key on the left of the 1 key.

3. Press the letter you want to symbol to appear above.

If you want to type any letter with the cedilla symbol below it (ç):

1. Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard

2. Press the , key (comma)

3. Press the key you want the cedilla to appear below.

If you want a letter with the cironflexe above it (â):

1. Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard.

2. Press ^ (You need to hold down Shift while tapping on the number 6).

3. Press on the letter you want to the symbol to appear on top.

If you want to type a letter with the treme above it (ë):

1. Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard.

2. Press : (You need to hold down Shift while tapping on the semi-colon).

3. Press the letter you want the treme above.