Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How do I type e acute (é) on Windows 8

I keep on forgetting how to type é on Windows 8 (I used to CTRL+ALT+e, but that's now often reserved for the Euro symbol)

I then tend to run a search on Google, and end up being pointed towards 8 year old answers that point you to character map, options in old version of word, or the old way of typing the extended ASCII character code.

They all suck.

And then I remember - it's easy.

You start by pressing a CTRL + a key that represent the accent, then type the letter you want accented.

For example, CTRL + ' followed by e gives you é.

Brilliant!

The great thing about using this technique is that the characters you use (dead letters) are representative of the accents you want to type. This makes them much easier to remember than the seemingly random character codes

Here are the ones I know about:

KeystrokesAccent typeExamples
CTRL + 'acuteé
CTRL + `graveè
CTRL + SHIFT + 6 / CTRL + ^circumflexê
CTRL + ,cedillaç
CTRL + ~perispomeneõ
CTRL + SHIFT + 7 / CTRL + &Diphthongs / others a = æ, o = œ, s = ß
It doesn't quite work with every app (Blogger on Chrome, for example), but it certainly covers Office 2013, including both Outlook and Word.

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