Three Ways To Type Accent Marks on Your Mac

There are a variety of ways to add accent marks to letters while typing on your Mac. The original method of using the Option key still works, but doesn't cover all of the possibilities. You can also use the new method by just holding down the key on your keyboard and making a selection. Using the Emoji viewer gives you access to even more variations.

Comments: 9 Responses to “Three Ways To Type Accent Marks on Your Mac”

    Elaine
    2 years ago

    Tap & hold not working on my new iMac with Sierra.

    2 years ago

    Elaine: Which app are you trying it with? Have you tried it with other apps, like TextEdit or Pages? Which key are you pressing?

    Elaine
    2 years ago

    Gary, I tried TextEdit, Pages, & Mail — the 3 where I’d find the shortcut most useful. And I tried several vowels that DO have accents, such as e and o. None of them worked!

    2 years ago

    Elaine: Not sure why it isn’t working for you then. Perhaps you have another app, security software or some system extension getting in the way of that function.

    Elaine
    2 years ago

    Thanks anyway, Gary. For now, tapping & holding simply produces a line of the chosen vowel, but I may look into your suggestion. Love your tutorials!

    Jean-Claude
    2 years ago

    Amazing! Thank you!

    Michael Schaffer
    2 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    I’m with Elaine. Using Sierra on my iMac and holding letters causes them to repeat (at least in Mail & Pages. So I went to the Keyboard System preferences and turned off repeating (on the Keyboard tab), returned to the apps, and holding an o or e did not trigger the choices. Is there something we need to turn on?

    2 years ago

    Elaine & Michael: Nothing you need to turn on as it should work by default. Do you have any security software installed or anything like that at all? Have you tried a restart recently, maybe with a NVRAM reset? (https://macmost.com/how-to-reset-nvram-on-your-mac.html)

    David
    2 years ago

    Dear users, The two main options that Gary has suggested, holding down the key that has the optiona available, or use the new emoji keyboard, which I find is a little bit slower than using the hold down the key option. One trick you might try is holding down for example ‘e’ Key until you get the line of options with numbers underneath and then just simpl, as you’re holding down the key tap the number that corresponds to the accent that you want to use in your text. Both options work well.

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