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How to Write Spanish Accent Marks

June 4, 2009 7 Comments »

Accent marks can be somewhat of a mystery to non-Spanish speakers. Even if the Spanish student (or translator…) remembers where in the word to put the , he or she still might not be sure how to do so. There are three basic ways to .

1. Keyboard Setup (Windows)

–Go to Start menu>Control Panel> Regional and Language Options

– From here, click on the Languages tab at the top and then the Details button

-Click on Keyboard and then Add. You can add any number of languages.

This will put the languages icon in your system tray, thus allowing you to switch back and forth between keyboard languages.

To type an accent mark, press the apostrophe key and then the vowel you want to accent. Ñ is the colon key and the two question marks (¿ and ?) are made by pressing the + and _ keys.

2. Ctrl. + Apostrophe + Vowel

This is a fast approach that is very easy to remember. Just press Control, the apostrophe key and then the vowel you want to accent.

3. Alt Codes for

These can be helpful if you make a list and keep them by your computer. For short projects, it can be faster than switching your keyboard settings.

á = Alt + 0225

é = Alt + 0233

í = Alt + 0237

ó = Alt + 0243

ú = Alt + 0250

ñ = Alt + 0241

ü = Alt + 0252

¡ = Alt + 0161

¿ Alt + 0191


7 Responses to “How to Write Spanish Accent Marks”

  • Commented on June 10, 2009 at 5:13 am

    […] How to Write Spanish Accent Marks […]

  • Commented on June 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Thx for the info! I got crazy pressing Alt + 164 for the ñ everytime… 🙂

  • Commented on June 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Thx for the info! I got crazy pressing Alt + 164 for the ñ everytime… 🙂

  • Robert Scarcoa
    Commented on July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    How do you write accent marks for Spanish on Window Vista?

  • Robert Scarcoa
    Commented on July 7, 2009 at 10:21 am

    How do you write accent marks for Spanish on Window Vista?

  • Smriti
    Commented on December 24, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Thank you so much!! What a relief! For some odd reason I could never get the Alt + (no.) system. It just wouldn’t work. This language set up has simplified life amazingly. Thank you!! 🙂

  • Smriti
    Commented on December 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you so much!! What a relief! For some odd reason I could never get the Alt + (no.) system. It just wouldn’t work. This language set up has simplified life amazingly. Thank you!! 🙂