How to Type French Accents on Your Keyboard
How to Type French Accents
Learning a new language like French can be fun and useful, but the Windows default keyboard doesn't make it easy. Although you can quickly set your preferred language to French in many different applications, you will need to make some adjustments before you can type with the French alphabet, including learning how to type French accents including theaccent aigu, accent graveandcirconflexe.
Activate the International keyboard in Windows.
- The Control Panel, available from the Start menu, houses the Regional and Language Options.
- Click the Keyboards and Languages tab, then click the Change Keyboards button.
- The United States-International keyboard is available under the English (United States) entry, and will provide what you need. Choose this keyboard, click the OK button, and then close all associated windows.
Click the keyboard icon now available from your taskbar and select the United States-International keyboard.
Launch the application in which you need to type French accented letters, like a word processing program or a web browser.
- The international keyboard alters how the colon, semi-colon, apostrophe, quotation mark and tilde keys work.
Identify the accented character you need to type.
- Anaccent aiguis only used over a capital or lowercase "e" to alter the sound. Type an"e accent aigu"by pressing the apostrophe key and then the "e" key. It will present the "�" character.
- Anaccent graveis used over the a, e and u vowels in order to change the meaning of a word. Press the tilde () key and then press the vowel you want accented. Either the French character "�," "a" or "�" will appear.
- Theaccent circonflexecan be used over any of the 5 vowels. Press Shift + 6, then the vowel in question. For example, ana accent circonflexewill appear as "�."
- Thec�dilleis used under a "c" before the vowels "a," "o" and "u" to facilitate a French character with a soft "C" sound. Press the apostrophe key followed by the "c" key to type a "�."
- Thetr�ma,known as an umlaut in German, is typed by pressing the quotation mark key (Shift + semi-colon) before the accented vowel. The French character tr�ma is used only over the "e," "i" and "u" characters.
Type an apostrophe, tilde, colon, semi-colon or quotation mark by pressing the key for that punctuation and then pressing the space bar.
Using a Mac
Locate the Option key on your Mac, which automatically incorporates an International keyboard.
- Hold the Option key while pressing the apostrophe key to type an a, e or u with anaccent grave.
- Hold the Option key while pressing the "c" key for the French characterc�dille.
- For acirconflexeaccent, hold the Option key while pressing the "i" key and then press the vowel you need to have a French accent.
- Thetr�mais typed by holding the Option key while pressing the "u" key, then pressing either the "e," "i" or "u" key.
- There are also ways to type accented characters on the Windows keyboard by holding the "ALT" key while typing a series of numbers or codes. This method may work for you if you only need to type 1 or 2 French accented characters.
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