How to Put Accents on Lower Case Letters in Microsoft Word

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Many foreign languages, and even English dictionary entries, use accent marks over certain characters, usually lowercase vowels. You can enter these accent marks two different ways in Microsoft Word. For vowels, you can use a shortcut method when typing the letter, but for consonants, you have to rely on inserting a symbol, which includes the accent mark.

Shortcut Accents

  • Hold the "Ctrl" key.

  • Press the accent (`) key, which is the mark just below the tilde (~), usually located at the top left of your keyboard.

  • Press the letter over which the accent should appear. The lowercase letter appears with an accent above it. This only works for vowels.

  • Release the "Ctrl" key.

Inserting Symbols

  • Click the top "Insert" tab.

  • Click "Symbol" in the "Symbols" group, and select "More Symbols" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

  • Click the lowercase accented character you require from the large list of characters in the "Symbols" window. Most accented characters are located in the "Latin" sections, accessible from the "Subset" drop-down menu.

  • Click "Insert" to insert the accented character.

  • Close the "Symbol" window.

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