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How to type Spanish accents on a Mac

by tmnsoon

Compared to Windows operating systems modern versions of macOS provide a very easy and convenient way to type Spanish accents without having to change any settings or remember key combinations.

In order to type a Spanish accent in macOS, simply hold down the letter on the keyboard that you wish to accent, and a menu will appear with the different accents available to use on that letter:

Now you can either press the number on your keyboard that corresponds with the accent you would like to add, or click the accent with the mouse. The accent will then apply to the letter:

When it comes to special characters such as inverted ¡¿ and quotation marks you’ll still need to use keyboard combinations, which are as follows:

  • ¡ = Opt + 1
  • ¿ = Opt + shift + ?
  • € = Opt + shift + 2
  • » = Opt + \
  • « = Opt + shift + \

And if you have an older version of macOS or you simply would prefer using the keyboard combos for the accents, you can type them as follows:

  • Grave Accent ( à, è, ù ): Press ” ` ” while holding down the “option” key, then press either “a”, “e” or 
  • Tréma ( ë, ï, ü ): Press “u” while holding down “option”, then press either “e”, “i” or “u”.
  • Tilde (ã, ñ, õ): Press “n” while holding down “option”, then press either “a”, “n” or “o”.

To type a captial letter with the accent, hold down the shift key while typing the final letter.

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