Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Type a Tilde Mark Shortcuts to broaden the number of characters you can type 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 17, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on Aug 21, 2020 Ryan Perian The Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts The Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Shortcuts Introduction Windows Timesavers The Best Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Better Productivity How to Use the Shortcut Alt + Underline Shortcut to Create New Folders Essential Shortcuts for iTunes Mac, iOS & iPad Quick Tricks The Best Mac Shortcuts Keyboard Shortcuts for Finder Mac Startup Keyboard Shortcuts 18 Shortcuts for Apple's iOS Shortcuts App iPad Keyboard Tips and Smart Keyboard Shortcuts Android & iPhone Shortcuts The Best Android Shortcuts You Should Be Using Create and Use iPhone X Shortcuts Email Shortcuts The 30 Best Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts for 2020 How to Use Yahoo Mail Keyboard Shortcuts The Complete Apple Mail Shortcut List Shortcuts in iOS Mail Delete Shortcut Keys for Popular Email Programs How to Use Outlook.com Keyboard Shortcuts Create Text Snippets With Shortcuts in Mac OS X Mail Online & Browser Shortcuts Top 36 Shortcuts for Edge and IE 11 Keyboard Shortcuts: Google Chrome for Windows Create Web Page Shortcuts in Chrome for Windows Control Safari Windows With Keyboard Shortcuts Shortcuts for Safari Toolbars Shortcuts for Safari on OS X & Sierra Excel Shortcuts The 23 Best Excel Shortcuts Shortcut Excel's Fill Down Command Shortcut the Current Date/Time Formatting Numbers Adding Worksheets Shortcut to Saving Your Work Creating a Chart MAX Function Shortcut More Office Shortcuts Top 10 Microsoft Word Shortcuts The 5 Best Hidden Word Shortcuts Add Shortcut Keys to AutoText Entries Uppercase Shortcut Key How to Reset Keyboard Shortcuts in Word Shortcut to Speed Up PowerPoint Presentations Other Useful Shortcuts The Best Google Docs Shortcuts 18 Shortcuts for Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Changing Linux Mint Cinnamon Shortcuts Fedora GNOME Keyboard Shortcuts Maya Keyboard Shortcuts Create or Reassign Keyboard Shortcuts in MS Office Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for Photoshop CC Time-Saving Fill Tool Shortcuts in Photoshop The 5 Most Useful GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts How to Use the GIMP Keyboard Shortcut Editor Shortcuts to Type a Tilde Mark Tweet Share Email A tilde key or tilde symbol is a small wavy line that appears over certain consonants and vowels, such as in Ã, ã, Ñ, ñ, Õ, and õ. To add a tilde mark to a letter using a PC, you need to type a specific number code. On a Mac, it's a little easier. Lifewire / Derek Abella How to Type a Tilde Mark Using a Keyboard Shortcut Keyboard shortcuts vary by platform and operating system. Most keyboards include a tilde key for in-line tilde marks, as in ~3000 B.C. But this key cannot be used to accent a letter. Here's how to add a tilde symbol for the most common operating systems and platforms. On a Mac Hold the Option key, press the letter N, then release both keys. A tilde appears above an underscored blank space. Now type the letter to be accented. If you'd like the accented letter to be uppercase, press and hold the Shift key and type the letter as you would capitalize any letter. On a Windows PC Enable Num Lock, hold the ALT key, and enter the appropriate number code on the numeric keypad to create characters with tilde accent marks. The number codes for uppercase letters are as follows: Alt+0195 = ÃAlt+0209 = ÑAlt+0213 = Õ The number codes for lowercase letters are as follows: Alt+0227 = ãAlt+0241 = ñAlt+0245 = õ If the keyboard doesn't have a numeric keypad on the right side, paste accented characters from the character map. To locate the character map in Windows 10, select Start > Windows Accessories > Character Map. Alternatively, go to the search box in the Windows taskbar and enter character map. Select the letter you want and paste it into the document you're working on. For older versions of Windows, navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map to open the character map. HTML In HTML, render characters with tilde marks by typing the & (ampersand symbol), followed by the letter (A, N, or O), the word tilde, then a semicolon (;) without any spaces between the characters. For example: ñ = ñ Õ = Õ In HTML, the characters with tilde marks may appear smaller than the surrounding text. You may wish to enlarge the font for those characters in some circumstances. iOS and Android Mobile Devices Access special characters with accent marks, including the tilde, using the virtual keyboard on a mobile device. Press and hold the A, N, or O key on the virtual keyboard to open a window with various accented options. Slide your finger to the character with a tilde and lift your finger to select it.