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How to Do Accent Marks in Microsoft Word

Looking for shortcuts so you don't have to hit the Help tab every time you need an accent mark? Look no further.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Know your words Know when an accent mark is required for a word you are using in your document. If you are unsure, consult a dictionary.
  • TIP: Microsoft Word will automatically accent some words that require accent marks in English, but don’t rely on it to correct them all.
  • Step 2: Highlight the letter Highlight the letter requiring the accent mark. Click the Insert tab, and then click on Symbol.
  • Step 3: Scroll Scroll through the dialogue box that appears until you have located the letter-accent mark combination you want. Highlight it, and click Insert to add the character to your document. Then click Close to close the dialogue box.
  • Step 4: Learn shortcuts on a PC For accent marks you use often, learn keyboard shortcuts. On a PC, hold down the Control key, plus the letter A, C, E, I, O, U, N, or the tilde key, depending on the accent you want to add.
  • Step 5: Learn shortcuts on a Mac On a Mac, hold down the Alt key plus the letter A, C, E, I, O, U, N, or the tilde key, depending on the accent you want to add.
  • FACT: Did you know? In Spanish, a main function of accent marks is to indicate exceptions to pronunciation rules.

You Will Need

  • A computer
  • A word that needs an accent mark
  • Microsoft Word

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