Software & Apps Apps How to Type a Grave Accent Mark on Any Keyboard Voilà: how and when to use the grave accent by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on September 11, 2020 reviewed by Lisa Mildon Lifewire Tech Review Board Member & Writer Lisa Mildon is a Lifewire writer and an IT professional with 30 years of experience. Her writing has appeared in Geekisphere and other publications. our review board Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Article reviewed on Oct 16, 2020 Lisa Mildon The Ultimate Guide to Keyboards The Ultimate Guide to Keyboards Introduction Keyboard Basics Common Keyboard Symbols How to Copy & Paste With Your Keyboard Typing Grave Accents on Any Keyboard How to Change Keyboard Language How to Use a Windows Keyboard With a Mac All About Mechanical Keyboards Keyboard Maintenance How to Clean a Computer Keyboard Keeping Your Mac Keyboard & Mouse Clean How to Clean a Mac Keyboard How to Clean a MacBook Keyboard How to Fix a Broken Keyboard Best Keyboards The Best Computer Keyboards The Best Mac Keyboards The Best Gaming Keyboards The Best Bluetooth Keyboards for Smartphones The Best Bluetooth Tablet Keyboards The Best Ergonomic Keyboards The Best Mechanical Keyboards The Best Wireless Keyboards The Best Keyboard Wrist Rests Tweet Share Email The grave accent mark is seldom used in English. However, the French gave us accent-rich words like vis-à-vis, voilà, and pièce de resistance. A grave accent mark slants downward from left to right. It appears over certain vowels, often to indicate a stressed vowel. In English, grave accent marks are used with the following uppercase and lowercase vowels: À, à, È, è, Ì, ì, Ò, ò, Ù, and ù. This guide covers how to type a grave accent mark on Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android devices. How to Type a Grave Accent on a Mac There are several ways to type a grave accent on a Mac keyboard. Use the Keyboard Accent Menu Here's how to use the keyboard accent menu to type a grave accent. On the keyboard, press and hold the key for the letter you want to accent until a menu appears. The menu includes the different accent options available for the letter. Each option has a number under it that corresponds to a number key. Lifewire / Lynn McAlpine Press the number on the keyboard that corresponds to the character or accent mark you want to use, or click the item in the accent menu with the mouse. Use a Keystroke Combination Follow these steps to use a keystroke combination to type a grave accent on a Mac computer. Hold the Option key then press the grave key, which is the same as the tilde key (~). Release the keys and type the letter you want to accent to create a lowercase character with a grave accent mark. If you want the letter to be uppercase, press the Shift key before typing the letter you want to accent. Use the Emoji & Symbols Menu Here's how to use the Emoji & Symbols menu to type a grave accent on a Mac computer. From the menu bar, select Edit > Emoji & Symbols. The keyboard shortcut is Control+Command+Space. Select the Window icon in the upper-right corner of the Emoji & Symbols menu. In the search bar, enter grave to view an expanded selection of characters with grave accents. Click and drag the character you'd like to use into the text field you are working in. How to Type a Grave Accent in Windows If you see a numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard, use it to produce grave accents with four-digit number codes. The numeric keypad is a 17-key keypad usually found on the far right side of a standard PC keyboard. It can also be a separate device that connects to the computer. Press the Num Lock key to enable or disable the numeric keypad. Press Num Lock at the top of the keyboard to turn on the numeric keypad. Hold down the Alt key while typing the appropriate four-digit number code on the numeric keypad to type a character with a grave accent mark. The number codes for uppercase letters are as follows: Alt + 0192 = ÀAlt + 0200 = È Alt + 0204 = Ì Alt + 0210 = Ò Alt + 0217 = Ù The number codes for lowercase letters are as follows: Alt + 0224 = à Alt + 0232 = è Alt + 0236 = ì Alt + 0242 = ò Alt + 0249 = ù If you don't have a numeric keypad, this method won't work. However, you can copy and paste accented characters from the Character Map instead. In Windows 10, enter map in the search box on the taskbar and select Character Map from the list of search results. Grave Accent in HTML To use a grave accent mark on a website, insert the mark in the HTML by typing & (ampersand symbol) followed by the letter (A, E, I, O, or U), the word grave, then ; (semicolon) with no spaces between the characters. For example, typing à inserts an à in the HTML. Grave on iOS and Android Mobile Devices Use the virtual keyboard on your iOS or Android mobile device to access special characters with accent marks, including the grave. Position the cursor in any app that supports text. Press and hold the A, E, I, O, or U key on the virtual keyboard to open a window with accent options for that letter. Slide your finger to the character with a grave, then lift your finger to select it and insert it where the cursor is positioned. Tips for Working With Grave Accents In HTML, some characters with grave accent marks may appear smaller than the surrounding text. In this case, enlarge the font for only those characters as needed. In Windows, don't use the numbers located at the top of the keyboard to insert characters with accents. Use the numeric keypad and be sure Num Lock is turned on. Some programs may have special keystrokes or menu options for creating diacriticals like the grave accent mark. See the application manual or help files if the general keystroke instructions presented here don't work for typing grave accent marks in an app or program. Other Diacritical Marks Other diacritical marks are accessed in a manner similar to typing a grave accent. These characters are available through keyboard shortcuts: The acute accent (á).The cedilla, which is attached to the bottom of a letter such as in the word façade.The circumflex accent (ˆ).The umlaut, which consists of two dots above a letter, such as in coöperate.The tilde (~) has its own key on most keyboards.