5 Ways to Add Accent Marks to Letters in Google Docs

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When creating a Google Doc where you need to insert letters with accent marks, the process isn’t obvious. Here are a handful of different ways to type accent marks over letters in Google Docs.

You may be composing a letter, creating an article, or writing an essay. If you need a letter with an accent mark as used in languages other than English, you have different options. You can insert a special character, use a keyboard shortcut, copy from Google Input Tools, use your computer’s tool, or check out an add-on.

1. Insert a Special Character

Google Docs offers a Special Character feature that allows you to insert symbols, arrows, emojis, and more. This feature also provides letters with accent marks.

Go to the spot in your document where you want to add the accented letter. Then select Insert > Special Characters from the menu.

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Special Characters in the Insert menu

When the window appears, enter the letter in the Search box or draw it with its accent in the spot below Search. You can hover your cursor over the results on the left to see larger versions, which is helpful. Select the letter you want to use, and it will pop into your document.

Special Characters in Google Docs

2. Add an Accent Letter With a Keyboard Shortcut

Whether you use a Windows or Mac computer, you can type a keyboard shortcut in Google Docs for your accented letters.

Accent letter keyboard shortcut list

To use these combination shortcuts on Mac, type the first shortcut immediately followed by the second. For example, to type the capital letter O with its accent as shown above, hold Option+E at the same time, release both, then hold Shift+O together, and release both.

Mac keyboard shortcut example

3. Copy Letters With Accent Marks From Google Input Tools

Another handy option for typing accent marks on letters is using Google Input Tools. This allows you to choose the letter you want and copy it into Google Docs, but also enter and copy words, phrases, or even paragraphs.

Visit Google Input Tools which is available for free. Select a keyboard language from the drop-down list on the top left of the input box.

Google Input Tools languages

Type your text. You can use a word, letter, phrase, sentence, or whatever you like.

Typed text in Google Input Tools

Then, right-click the text and choose “Copy” to place it on your clipboard. Head to Google Docs, right-click the spot where you want the text, and choose “Paste.”

Copy from Google Input Tools and paste in Google Docs

Google Input Tools is also available as a free extension for Google Chrome. So if you use the Chrome browser most often, you might consider installing the extension.

4. Use Your Computer’s Tools to Get Accent Marks

Your computer may also let you use built-in tools to type accent marks for letters. While options vary depending on your platform, here are a couple of options.

On Windows, you can use the Character Map. Click the Start button, scroll to and expand the Windows Accessories folder, and choose “Character Map” to open the app.

Windows Accessories folder, Character Map

Then move the tool’s window to use it in Google Docs. Find the letter you want and choose “Select” to place it in the Characters to Copy box. Click “Copy” and then paste the letter in your document.

Windows Character Map

On Mac, simply hold down the letter to display the accent options. Choose the one you want or enter the number below the accented letter to insert it.

Mac letter E options

5. Try a Google Docs Add-On

One final option for typing accent marks on letters is with a free Google Docs add-on called Easy Accents.

After you install the add-on (be sure you’re comfortable with the permissions it requires), head to your document in Google Docs. Click “Add-Ons” in the menu, move to “Easy Accents – Docs,” and pick “Easy Accents – Start.”

Easy Accents Start in the Add-ons menu

When the sidebar opens on the right, pick the language you want accented letters for in the drop-down box at the top. You’ll then see your options listed as buttons.

Click a button to insert the lowercase letter or hold Shift as you click to insert the uppercase letter. To switch languages, use the drop-down box at the bottom of the sidebar.

Easy Accents and French accent letters

 

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