International Character Keyboard Shortcuts
Have you noticed all of the international symbols?
If you use those frequently then I bet you’re wishing they were on the keyboard and not buried in the Symbol window.
Well, in a way they are on the keyboard—if you know the right key combinations.
Let’s take a look at some common international symbols and their key combinations.
To create accents such as à, è, ì … you would use Ctrl + ` then press the letter you need.
To create accents such as á, é, í … you would use Ctrl + ‘ then press the letter you need.
To create accents such as â and ê… you would use Ctrl + ^ (which is actually Ctrl + Shift + 6) then press the letter you need.
To create accents such as ä, ë, ï … you would use Ctrl + : (which is actually Ctrl + Shift + ;) then press the letter you need.
To create accents such as ñ… you would use Ctrl + ~ (which is actually Ctrl + Shift + `) then press the letter you need.
If these are things you use on a regular basis then it’s probably worth your time investment to get these down. You can certainly speed up your work with these shortcuts!
Did you see something else in the Symbol window for which you’d like to learn the keyboard shortcut?
Go to the Symbol window (Insert menu, Symbol choice).
Click on the symbol you’re looking to master.
Take a look at the bottom of the window…
Just above the Insert button…
Do you see it?
Yep, it says “Shortcut key:” followed by whatever key combination is already assigned.
Here’s where you can pick up the information you seek.
Simply return to your document and give the listed key combination a try.
I should note that the + means press the keys at the same time and a comma in the key combination means let up on the previously listed keys and now press the new one.
If there’s no shortcut key combination listed then there isn’t one assigned.
You could choose to click on the Shortcut Key button and then assign one in the window that opens.
Basically you’ll simply depress a key combination that makes sense to you and check that it pops up as unassigned just below where you entered your combination.
If it’s already assigned then I highly recommend that you delete that key combination and try another.
Once you’ve got one that’s unassigned click the Assign button then Close the window.
No problem, you’ve got a shortcut key for anything you like.
Now all you have to do is to get busy learning the combinations to start your time-saving adventure into symbols.