Typing accents in French

Macintosh

Typing in international characters is the same for all Macintosh applications, including the operating system.

To produce Follow these steps
à, è
  1. Hold down the option key, and type an ` (accent grave).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
À, È Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above.
é
  1. Hold down the option key, and type an e (the letter e).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
É Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above.
â, ê, î, ô, û
  1. Hold down the Option key, and type an I (the letter I).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the circumflex to appear.
Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.
ä, ë, ï, ö, ü
  1. Hold down the Option key, and type a u (the letter u).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the umlaut to appear.
Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö, Ü Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.
æ Hold down the Option key, and type a ë (a single quotation mark).
Æ Hold down the option and Shift keys, and type a ë (a single quotation mark).
œ Hold down the Option and Shift key, and type a q (the letter q)
ΠHold down the Option key, and type a
ç Hold down the Option key, and type a c (the letter c).
Ç Hold down the option and Shift keys, and type a c (the letterc).

 

PC

To produce Method 1 Method 2 Method 3
à, è ALT + 133 or ALT + 0224ALT + 138 or ALT + 0232
  1. Hold down theControl key, and type an ` (accent grave).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
  1. Type a ` (theaccent grave key)
  2. Let go of the key (don’t hold it down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
à, è ALT + 0192ALT + 0200 Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above. Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above.
é ALT + 130 or ALT + 0233
  1. Hold down theControl key, and type a ë (theapostrophe).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
    1. Hold down theRIGHT ALT key, and type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.

OR
1. Type a ë (theapostrophe).

  1. Let go of the key (don’t hold it down for step 3).
  2. Type the vowel over which you want the accent to appear.
É ALT + 144 or ALT + 0201 Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above. Hold the Shift key down in step 1 or 3 above.
â, ê, î, ô, û ALT + 131 or ALT + 0226ALT + 136 or ALT + 0234
ALT + 140 or ALT + 0238
ALT + 147 or ALT + 0244
ALT + 150 or ALT + 0251
  1. Hold down theControl and Shiftkeys, and type a ^(caret, or the number 6 above the T & Y keys).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the circumflex to appear.
  1. Type a ^ (caret, or Shift and the number 6 above the T & Y keys).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the circumflex to appear.
Â, Ê, Î, Ô, Û ALT + 0194ALT + 0202
ALT + 0206
ALT + 0212
ALT + 0219
Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above. Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.
ä, ë, ï, ö, ü ALT + 132 or ALT + 0228ALT + 137 or ALT + 0235
ALT + 139 or ALT + 0239
ALT + 148 or ALT + 0246
ALT + 0252
  1. Hold down theControl and Shiftkeys, and type a :(a colon).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the umlaut to appear.
  1. Type a (a quotemark).
  2. Let go of the key (don’t hold it down for step 3).
  3. Type the vowel over which you want the umlaut to appear.
Ä, Ë, Ï, Ö, Ü ALT + 142 or ALT + 0196ALT + 0203
ALT + 0207
ALT + 153 or ALT + 0214
ALT + 154 or ALT + 0220
Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above. Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.
æ ALT + 145 or ALT + 0230
  1. Hold down theControl and Shiftkeys, and type an& (ampersand).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type an a (the letter a).
Æ ALT + 146 or ALT + 0198 Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.
œ ALT + 0156
  1. Hold down theControl and Shiftkeys, and type & (AMPERSAND)
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3)
  3. Type and o (the letter o)
ΠALT +0140 Hold the Shift key down in step 3 above
ç ALT + 135 or ALT + 0231
  1. Hold down theControl key, and type a , (comma).
  2. Let go of the keys (don’t hold them down for step 3).
  3. Type an c (the letter c).
  1. Hold down theRIGHT ALT key, and type a , (acomma).

OR

  1. Type a ë(anapostrophe).
  2. Let go of the key (don’t hold it down for step 3).
  3. Type an c (the letter c).
Ç ALT + 128 or ALT + 0199 Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above. Hold the Shift key down in step 3 Above.