Typing Accents in MS Word

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The “Alt Key” Method

The US English Keyboard

Capital Vowels Lowercase Vowels
À ALT+0192 à ALT+0224
 ALT+0194 â ALT+0226
Ä ALT+0196 ä ALT+0228
È ALT+0200 è ALT+0232
É ALT+0201 é ALT+0233
Ê ALT+0202 ê ALT+0234
Ë ALT+0203 ë ALT+0235
Î ALT+0206 î ALT+0238
Ï ALT+0207 ï ALT+0239
Ô ALT+0212 ô ALT+0244
Œ ALT+0140 œ ALT+0156
Ù ALT+0217 ù ALT+0249
Û ALT+0219 û ALT+0251
Ü ALT+0220 ü ALT+0252
Ÿ ALT+0159 ÿ ALT+0255

Ç ALT+0199   ç ALT+0231


International Keyboards

Keyboard Shifting

To switch keyboards, do that :

At the bottom right corner of your screen, you'll see two letters that stand for the language you're using, AR for Arabic, EN for English, FR for French. In that way you can rapidly shift between several different keyboards by Clicking on those letters.
You can toggle between your normal keyboard and an international keyboard with LETF-ALT-SHIFT.

If you would like to install one of the international keyboards, click on
Start | Control Panel | Regional and Language ...| Languages | Details | Settings | Add
and then From Input Language Box add languages as necessary, Arabic, French or French (Canadian), Click on OK and Click on Apply.

The French Canadian Keyboard

char combo char combo
à \ â [ + a
ä CTRL + SHiFT + : + a ç ]
Ç } é /
É ? è '
ê [ + e ë CTRL + SHFT + : + e
î [ + I ï CTRL + SHFT + : + I
ô [ + o ö CTRL + SHFT + : + o
ù CTRL + ALT + u û [ + u
ü CTRL + SHFT + : + u    


The “Character Map” Method

Character Map displays either the actual key to be pressed or an Alt Code. Character Map would be the preferred approach for individual special characters for single words or phrases.

To Find Character Map, go to :
Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Character Map.

Copy and Paste

  1. Look for the symbol you want. If it is not available, change the font to some other appropriate one.
  2. Double-click on any character to make it appear in the Characters to Copy box.
    Or, click on any character then click the Select button.
  3. You can Select more than one character then click the Copy button.
  4. Open or switch to the application window in which you wish to insert the character.
  5. Position your cursor in the location you wish to insert the character.
  6. Under the Edit Menu, choose Paste or (Control+V). The character should appear.

The “Insert Symbol” Method

  1. Open MS Word, click on Insert | Symbol.
  2. In the Symbol dialog box, make sure that Font is set to(normal text).
  3. Find the symbol you want, click on it , then click on Insert | Close.
  4. The designated character appears in the text at the cursor.

Unfortunately, that is also a lot of work if you have to type many accented characters.

More Easier and Faster Techniques

The “ Shortcut Keys” Method

To form the accents (à è ì ò ù) Press Control + the ` key (above Tab and next to 1). Release. Press (a,e,i,o,u).

To form the accents (á é í ó ú) Press Control + the ' key(single quote, in between the ; and Enter). Release. Press (a,e,i,o,u).

To form the accents (â ê î ô û) Press Control + Shift + ^ (on the 6 key). Release. Press (a,e,i,o,u).

To form the (ç) Press CTRL + comma (the , key) before typing “c” or “C”.

The “AutoCorrect” Method

To use MS Word's AutoCorrect feature, click Tools/AutoCorrect.
You can then have certain keys such as ( [ ), ( = ), and ( + ) become other keys such as (à è ì ò ù).

If you really need one of those original characters, press the key you want. When you then press the backspace key, the original key replaces the AutoCorrect character.

For persons who must type foreign accents frequently, the AutoCorrect method is easy to do and greatly speeds typing.

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