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Typing Special Characters in MS Word

The key combinations below will only work in Microsoft Word 2000, 2003 and 2007. Additional symbols can be inserted via the "Insert" menu or tab. To produce these or other symbols in other Windows applications, try using the U.S. International keyboard layout or Alt codes.

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Accented Letters

The keyboard shortcuts listed below will work with any vowel (referred to below as "V"), with some exceptions listed in the notes column. To use the keyboard shortcuts, enter the key or key combination listed before the comma, and then press the final key. Hold down the Shift key when typing the final key if a capital letter is needed.


 
Accent
Example
Keyboard Shortcut
Notes

Acute

ó Ó

Ctrl+', V

' = apostrophe key

Circumflex

ô Ô

Ctrl+Shift+^, V

 

Grave

ò Ò

Ctrl+`, V

 

Tilde

ñ Ñ

Ctrl+Shift+~, V

Only with n,N,o,O,a,A

Umlaut

ö Ö

Ctrl+:, V

: = colon key

 

Other Foreign Characters


To produce an uppercase symbol, hold down the Shift key when typing the final character in the key combination.


 
Character
Name
Keyboard Shortcut

¡

Beginning exclamation mark

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+1

¿

Beginning question mark

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+?

Ç,ç

French C cedille

Ctrl+Alt+,, C
Note: Press Control and the comma key, release, and then press c.

Œ,œ

French oe liagature

Ctrl+Shift+&, o

ß

German Sharp/Double S

Ctrl+Shift+&, s

Ø,ø

O slash

Ctrl+/, o

Å,å

A with ring/Angstrom Sign

Ctrl+Shift+@, a

Æ,æ

AE ligature

Ctrl+Shift+&, a

Ð,ð

Icelandic/Old English eth

Ctrl+', d

 



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