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à, é, ì, ø and ñ?

Friday, December 7th, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

à, é, ì, ø and ñ?

Do you have a frequent need for characters with accents, such as ñ, à or maybe the little gem of ø?

Without a doubt, some of you use the Insert menu, Symbol method.

That’s not a bad choice. I mean, you have to jump through some “hoops,” but it gets the job done.

Some of you may have even assigned shortcut keys to the one(s) you use most frequently.

But, if you do that, you’ve got all those extra key combinations to memorize.


What about this for a solution?

Let’s learn how to create them from your keyboard, without assigning a bunch of shortcuts. That is, let’s learn how to build them from what we already know.

Sounds good to me!

Here’s the deal for creating your own accented letters, without the use of menus or memorized shortcuts:

1.) Use the Ctrl key + the accent you want to add.

2.) Release the keys.

3.) Type the letter the accent should be with.

For example, to create ñ, use Ctrl + Shift + ~, release the keys and then touch the n key.

To create é, use Ctrl + ‘ (apostrophe), release the keys and then hit the e key.

Well, you get the idea!

The basic formula is to use the Ctrl key with the accent that needs to be applied and then use the letter it goes with.

With the Ctrl key and the accent you need, you can create symbols from “scratch,” with no extra time spent in menus and other windows required. Oh yeah!

~ April

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