How to Insert Special Characters

As global communication expands, it becomes increasingly necessary for us to type characters that are not on the traditional American keyboard. Have you ever wondered how to add special characters and accents to a documents or e-mail? For instance, you have a colleague named José, but you were unsure of how to add the acute é in an e-mail.  If so, the tips below will guide you through the process.

How to type accent marks and special characters on a computer running Windows:

There are two ways to type accent marks and other special characters on a computer running Microsoft Windows. The first is to use ALT+ commands. In order to use these commands, you must have the NumLock function on. You must also use the numeric keypad, often located on the right hand side of the keyboard. These functions can be used in word processing, e-mails, and online. For a comprehensive list of ALT +Ctrl commands, please click here.

The second method of inserting special characters and accents mark is exclusively used in Microsoft Word. By using the CTRL+ shortcuts, you can easily add special characters in your Word documents.

How to type accent marks and special characters on a computer running Mac OS:

Similar to the Crtl+ commands in Windows, on a Mac running OS X, you can use the Option+ commands to type accents and special characters. These commands can be used both online and in word processing. For a comprehensive list of Mac OS X commands, please click here.

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