How to Type Characters With Acute Accent Marks

It's easy to put an accent over a letter on both Mac and PC

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Acute accent marks – also called diacritical marks – slant to the right over the tops of certain vowels and consonants. They are used in Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek languages. English has incorporated countless Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese words, and many of their vowels take the accent mark. For example, the French and Spanish word "café." It's a commonly used word in English, and the accent mark is typically included.

Acute accent marks are found on both upper and lower case vowels: Á, á, É, é, Í, í, Ó, ó, Ú, ú, Ý, and ý.

Different Strokes for Different Platforms

Several keyboard shortcuts can render acute accents on your keyboard, depending on your platform. Keep in mind that some programs and computer platforms might have special keystrokes for creating acute accent marks.

How to Accent Letters on Mac Computers

On a Mac computers, hold down the letter for several seconds, after which a small menu will pop up with different accent options. For the uppercase version of the character, press the Shift key before you type the letter to be accented. 

Alternatively, you can hit the option key and the letter to be accented simultaneously; then, type the letter once again, without the option key.

Windows PCs

On Windows PCs, enable Num Lock. Hold down the Alt key while typing the appropriate number code on the numeric keypad to create characters with acute accent marks (see below).

Important: The row of numbers at the top of the keyboard, above the alphabet, will not work for numeric codes. If you do not have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, see the instructions below these lists for additional options. 

Numeric codes for upper-case letters acute accent marks include:

  • Á = Alt+0193
  • É = Alt+0201
  • Í = Alt+0205
  • Ó = Alt+ 0211
  • Ú = Alt+0218
  • Ý = Alt+0221

Numeric codes for lower-case letters with acute accent marks are:

  • á = Alt+0225
  • é = Alt+0233
  • í = Alt+0237
  • ó = Alt+0243
  • ú = Alt+0250
  • ý = Alt+0253

How to Make Accent Marks If You Don't Have a Number Pad

If you do not have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, you can copy and paste accented characters from the character map. For Windows, locate the character map by clicking Start > All Programs Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. Or, click on Windows and type character map in the search box. Select the letter you need, and paste it into the document you are working on.


Computer programmers use HTML (HyperText Markup Language) as the basic computer language to build web pages. HTML is used to create almost every page you see on the web. It describes and defines the content of a web page.

In HTML, you can render characters with acute accent marks by typing the & (ampersand symbol), then the letter (A, e, U, etc ), then the word acute, then ; (a semicolon) without any spaces between them. For example, this is the HTML for an e with an accent mark:

é = é

In HTML, the characters with acute accent marks may appear smaller than surrounding text.

Simply enlarge the font for just those characters if this is an important issue.

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