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Los acentos ortográficos / Accent marks

Posted by Señor Jordan on Nov 30, 2008 in information |

If you’re wanting to learn how to type accent marks as you work on your Spanish here are the ways for a PC user.  I used to know how to do it on a Macintosh but I have since forgotten!

In Microsoft Word / Wordpad

Simply follow the directions below:
1) press ctrl and
2) release
3) press key of vowel you would like to accent
4) release

example:
[ctrl and ‘] + [a] = á

For ñ, [ctrl and shift and ~] + [n]

For any other program

Make sure num-lock is on.  This is important because you’ll be using the number keypad (numbers on the right side of keyboard).

You’ll press alt, type in the code below, and release alt and it will yield the resulting letters.

Á = 0193
á = 0225
É = 0201
é =  0233
Í = 0205
í = 0237
Ó = 0211
ó = 0243
Ú = 0218
ú = 0250
Ü = 0220
ü = 0252
Ñ = 0209
ñ = 0241
¡ = 0161
¿ = 0191

Hope this is helpful!

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15 Comments

Joel Jordan
Feb 19, 2009 at 2:53 am

It’s easy to do on a Mac. Press option-e, and the ‘ will appear with an underline. Then, type the letter you want to accent. For ñ, type option-n, then n. For ¡, it’s option-1. For ¿, it’s option-shift-/.


 
Debi
Jun 2, 2009 at 9:28 pm

One other note, if you are working in word and go to Tools, Languag, Set Language, Spanish (Mexico) you can now type a quesiton mark or exclaimation at the beginning of a sentence and it will be upside down!
Now if I could only figure out the enay (ñ) and the double dots over the u (ü), then I would be happy. As it is now, I have to cut and paste from a help document that I created.


 
Jenny Bjerken
Jan 9, 2010 at 8:04 am

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T Cavanagh
Mar 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I admire the work you’ve put into all the videos and the enthusiastic way you present them.

For the accent marks in Microsoft Word, perhaps you could have added:

For ü, [ctrl and shift and :] + [u]
For ¿, [ctrl and shift and alt] + [?]
For ¡, [ctrl and shift and alt] + [!]
For the Euro symbol (€), [ctrl and alt] + [E]

¡Buena suerte!


 
Lenna Sanchez
Feb 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Do you have a video on the rules for accentos?


 
louis santos
Mar 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I like to thank you for your videos , they are very helpful. i would to offer a suggestion on how I type the accents first go to control panel ,double click on regional and language options,left click on language, left click on details, left click on add, keyboard layout click united states international, this will allow you to use accents by pressing an accent then the letter such as ` a à


 
Ybbil Yoj
Jan 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Hi !
I have tried to use accents the way you said, but none of the ways worked unless I wanted capitol letters, which I don’t want. Does anyone know how I can do that? And Senor Jordan, do you have a video on how to use the accents? They are a bit confusing.
Thanks!
Ybbil


 
LibbyJoy
Feb 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Senor Jordan! This is really helpful:) Do you know how to accent on e-mail such as gmail or yahoo? Thanks so much!
LibbyJoy


 
Ybbil Yoj
Feb 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

Senor Jordan,
This is really helpful! Thank you so much!


 
frankie hoeshont
Mar 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

hi senor jordan
dis lessin has bin rilly helpfil for whin i tipe. dis helps me lern spanish bettor. sorrie if i mis speled sum stuf!
frankie hoeshont


 
Lea
Mar 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

LibbyJoy,
use the accent marks for “any other program” in your e-mail. it should work. i am a computer worker


 
Judy
Jun 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

I go to ‘insert’ and symbols. I find the letter/symbol on the pull down list. Then I can program the key strokes I want or see what Word already has and use that. Of course, when I use another computer, I just use symbols. If typingin Facebook or PowerPoint, I’ve had to first type in Word and the copy and paste.


 
Tony
Feb 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

You can also hold alt and press, on your number pad, 168 for the upside down question mark.

http://www.asciitable.com/


 
Mohammed Ayman
Oct 10, 2014 at 4:19 am

That’s really awesome, Thanks =D


 
Nelly Leonard
Oct 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

I love your work! Me encantan tus videos, me ayudan mucho en mis clases!!!
Felicitaciones pir tu excelente trabajo!


 

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