Typing Special Characters

In Windows, special characters are typed by holding the Alt and typing a sequence of four numbers. If you can't remember a sequence, use a handy application called Character Map. To find it, from the Start menu, browse to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and choose Character Map. A more comprehensive list of special characters is also available.

Special Characters in Windows

Hold Alt and type the sequence of four numbers associated with each character. If you're using a laptop, see our tips for laptop users.

French â
0226
à
0224
ä
0228
é
0233
ê
0234
è
0232
ë
0235
î
0238
ï
0239
ô
0244
ù
0249
û
0251
Ç
0199
ç
0231
æ
0230
œ
0156
German ß
0223
Ä
0196
ä
0228
Ö
0214
ö
0246
Ü
0220
ü
0252
 
Spanish Á
0193
á
0225
É
0201
é
0233
Í
0205
í
0237
Ó
0211
ó
0243
Ú
0218
ú
0250
Ñ
0209
ñ
0241
¿
0191
¡
0161
   

Special characters in Mac OS

For Mac OS, in most cases, first hold down the Option key then a regular character key as indicated below. Nothing will appear on your screen at this point. Release both keys, and then type the letter which should carry the diacritical. For some special characters press Option and one key together. See the following table to get the character that you want:

Tips for Windows laptop users

Activating your numeric key pad maps the following characters to a corresponding number:

For example, FN + NumLock + Alt 0KKI = á.