How To Type Special French Characters

 

These are the special characters you will need:

Dot l'accent aigu
Dot l'accent grave , ,
Dot l'accent circonflexe , , , ,
Dot le trma ,
Dot la cdille

Special Characters on the PC
(with Windows 95, 98, NT)

Some word processors, such as Microsoft Word, allow you to input special characters by using Control key shortcut combinations.  Press and hold the Control key (Ctrl on you keyboard), then press the special key indicated.  Release the two keys, then press the key for the letter you want accented.

l'accent aigu Ctrl-' (Apostrophe)
l'acdfent grave Ctrl-` (Key just to the left of the 1 key)
l'accent circonflexe Ctrl-^ (Karrot or shift 6, you will have to press Ctrl, Shift and 6 at the same time)
le trma Ctrl-: (Colon, you will have to press Ctrl, Shift and ; at the same time)
La cdille Ctrl-, (Comma)

 


Dotl'accent aigu

Dotl'accent grave

Dotl'accent circonflexe

Dotle trma

Dotla cdille


If your word processor does not allow you to use the special character shortcut keys, you will have to use the Alt key combinations.  While holding down the Alt key, type the number combination on the keypad (make sure that the number lock is on).

To print a copy of this list for easy reference, click on the button below.  A new page will appear that contains only the list of Alt key combinations.  Simply click the print icon on your browser's tool bar.

L'accent aigu

     Alt-0233      Alt-0201

L'accent grave

     Alt-0224      Alt-0232      Alt-0249
     Alt-0192      Alt-0200      Alt-0217

L'accent circonflexe

     Alt-0226      Alt-0234      Alt-0238      Alt-0244      Alt-0251
     Alt-0194      Alt-0202      Alt-0206      Alt-0212      Alt-0219

Le trma

     Alt-0235      Alt-0239
     Alt-0203      Alt-0207

La cdille

     Alt-0231      Alt-0199

The list of All-code combinations is found on the Character Map.  From the Start menu. select Programs, then Accessories.  Then click on Character Map.  Click on the character you want and the code will appear on the lower right-hand corner of the Character map box.

Character map


Special Characters on the MAC

For the Mac you will have to use the Option key.  While holding down the Option key, press the key indicated below for the correct accent, then press the letter you want to be accented.  If the special character does not appear, check to be sure that the Caps Lock is off.

l'accent aigu Option-e
l'accent grave Option-` (key just left of the 1 key)
l'accent circonflexe Option-i
le trma Option-u
la cdille Option-c only (you will not have to press C afterwards.

Dotl'accent aigu

Dotl'accent grave

Dotl'accent circonflexe

Dotle trma

Dotla cdille